| The mighty Mississippi is another killer option for early-season ‘eyeballs. Although fishing varies by pool, many of the same techniques are used across the board.
> The “Big Muddy” is impacted more by high-water conditions than any other early-season system, so keep an eye on river levels and boat launch closings.
> Fishing near major lock and dams can produce big number days, but expect company = the busiest spots on the river. Finding flats and current breaks down from dams can produce just as many fish and usually a heck of lot less busy.
> Jigs tipped with minnows and plastics can produce all spring. Make sure you have extra, the Mississippi is notoriously snaggy and you’re bound to lose a few.
> Slow trolling up-stream and long-lining jig/plastic combos behind the boat is a great way to get your bait close to the bottom and fool pressured fish into biting.
> Another great technique is fishing 3-way rigs with small stickbaits like Rapala Original Floaters or Husky Jerks.