What Are Some Free Tips for Bass Fishing in the Mississippi?

What Are Some Free Tips for Bass Fishing in the Mississippi?
Bass Fishing in the Mississippi River is something even many experienced anglers have never considered, but the fact is it can be very rewarding. For those who can get over the overwhelming nature of the size of the river, there is plenty of big fish to find. Knowing where to look and when to go can be half the battle, as the fish are often moving from place to place on the river.

Don't Ignore Backwaters

The backwaters of the Mississippi River are extensive and give the fish a chance to get out of the current, especially in the spring when snowmelt on the northern portions of the river increase the flow rate. The bass need the calmer waters to spawn, making it even better fishing during the early part of the year, though it is exceptional year round.

Intersecting Streams

The confluence of two streams has always been attractive to bass, and the Mississippi River's many tributaries offer plenty of locations from which to choose. It is especially effective if the tributary has relatively clear water. The muddy Mississippi provides cover as the bass look to ambush fish coming out of the smaller stream.

Fish Newly Flooded Areas

Though higher water may scare some anglers away from the Mississippi River, it can be one of the best times to fish. Bass often try to make use of the additional space and do not mind exploring new areas. Therefore, do not be afraid to fish in areas that were previously on dry ground.

Fish Around Common Features

Bass, no matter what body of water they are in, tend to congregate around brush, weeds and drop offs. The Mississippi River offers plenty of all three. While not all such features will hold fish, you should not have to look very long before you start getting results.

Use Live Bait

Live bait is a good way to catch bass, especially on the lower Mississippi. On that part of the river, visibility may be so low that many times lures are ineffective, simply because they aren't seen by the fish. Live bait not only can be seen, but also produces a scent that can attract nearby fish.

Article Written By Kenneth Black

Kenneth Black has been a freelance writer since 2008. He currently works as a staff writer for "The Times Republican" in Central Iowa. He has written extensively on a variety of topics, including business, politics, family life and travel. Black holds a bachelor's degree in business marketing from the University of Phoenix.

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