Fish Species of the Mississippi River

The upper Mississippi river is home to over 119 species of fish, more species than are found in any of Wisconsin’s inland lakes. Favorite fish include walleye, sauger, large and small mouth bass, white bass, cat fish, northern pike, bluegill, crappie and perch. Whether it’s the spring walleye run, spring and summer bluegill fishing or some of the best catfish action you have ever seen, without a doubt, the best places to fish are the fishing floats/barges.

The Mississippi River along Wisconsin ranks high among the best places to fish in the state. Memory making adventures can be found whether you are targeting your favorite species or fishing anything that is biting and the Best Dam Fishing Float is there to help ensure your success when fishing the river.

The following highlights a few fish species and provides fishing tips that may help you become more successful.

Walleye and Sauger: These species continue to be the most sought after recreational fish on the Mississippi River. There are good numbers of walleye ranging from 15 to 27 inches and sauger of 12 to 18 inches are plentiful. Our location provides excellent spring, fall and winter action and we have a good summer bite as well.


Bluegill: Recent surveys indicate bluegill populations are healthy. Seven inch and larger bluegill are available from the float and provide the most consistent fun for children and adults.  The bluegills also provide excellent table fair.

Catfish: Both flathead and channel catfish provide excellent action from the float. Techniques range from fishing cut bait or live bait from our river rigs. We will show you how to rig for these huge fish to increase your success.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: The current surveys have both species in excellent shape and the float produces many trophy fish each year.

White Bass (stripers): Many of our customers feel the benefits of this hard hitting ferocious feeder. The float has access to one of the strongest white bass populations on the upper Mississippi river and they provide action all season.

Northern Pike: The northern pike population in the Mississippi river is considered good and the fish in the river run larger with 27 to 40 inches common. Combine their fast growth rates and a large quantity of bait fish by the fishing float and we have one of the best spots on the river to produce monster pike.