Mr. Hollywood wrote:Hi everyone,
Some friends and I are heading to the Mississippi River to hunt Pool 9 in Wisconsin; going in mid November. I had a few questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
1) Where should we set up for divers out there? I hunt divers around Wisconsin, but I've only been on Pool 9 once about 5 years ago through a guide. Is it wise to hunt along the eastern side of the pool with Lake Winneshiek out front (facing Wisconsin/Ferryville)? That would be my assumption, but it doesn't hurt to ask. If not there, then where? I know the wind plays a factor as well.
Get out there and scout, I hunt pool nine on a regular basis and I sure wont tell somewhere where to go, that's part of this sport, get out and look.
2) I am running a 16 x 54 (I think that's the width) Go-Devil flat bottom with a 23 horse longtail. I know that it can get pretty nasty out there at times, but is that sufficient? We will have 3 guys, a dog, probably around 130 decoys, plus our personal gear. We should be under the weight specifications of the boat. I've had it out on some pretty rough stuff, and it handles well. How long is an average boat ride (roughly) from the Highway 82 landing to the lake?
Boat will due fine as long as the wind stay under that 15mph rang, if it picks up more than that, well she can get nasty out there dependent up wind speed and direction, there are also a good number of wing damns just inches under the water so be careful where your going. As far as boat ride goes it depends on where your going as far as how long it will take.
3) The islands: what is the water like around them? As I recall, there was no current and it was pretty shallow as you're out of the main channel.
Go spend a morning scouting
4) I've been reading that you should expect to get out there early due to the competition. How early is early? 2 am? 3 am?
If we told you when we launched then you could potentially beat us there, I say your good at 5 am.
5) Since I'm not too familiar with the river, we're going out in the afternoon the first day we get there in order to get our bearings. Is it fairly simple to follow the channel, or would you recommend a gps?
I would take a gps and mark way points to areas you think look good and also mark logs/ stumps that are sticking up or wing damns, Pool 9 is a mine field if you don't know where your going. The gps will also make your life much easier come the next morning
6) Is there anywhere in Pool 9 you CAN'T hunt? From what I understand, it is in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge, so I would think there are areas you cannot hunt. I could be wrong, though.
South by lynxville is the refuge. I suggest you google upper Mississippi wildlife refuge, go on there site and look over there maps, that will show you where you can and cannot hunt
I guess that is more than a few questions. I may think of more. Again, any help would be great. Thanks!
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