Asian Carp Must Go

Interesting story in Business Week about those ugly Asian Carp.



Fish Tank at Mississippi River Museum

A big tank full of fish pulled from the Mississippi River is a neat, but somewhat neanderthal touch.  The fish are all big and ugly and they have teeth.  I caught Kim under this big catfish and yes, it is alive!

Ice Fishing

Check out the cover of Our Iowa magazine, ice fishing north of here on the river. That dog has it pretty good.

Trotline Catch

Our neighbor John has started to catch catfish with a trotline.  Here is a definition:

Nick is going to learn also and just added trotline to his Iowa fishing license.  Here is John’s catch from Saturday night.

Will it flood again?

I was really getting worried about it coming up again, especially after reading about Lake Delton draining at the Dells.  We love the Dells, as tacky as it is.   But Lake Delton escaped to the Wisconsin River, which drains to the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien WI and McGregor IA.  So it is heading down here, but just a blip in the flow of the Mississippi.  And over 60 miles west, Coralville Lake may go over the spillway and flood Iowa City.  We have very good friends upstream in Solon.

But Kim called me about 11 am and said she watched the river drop about two feet.  Our only theory is that the Corps opened up the roller and tainter gates at lock and dam 14 and let it go downstream.  So now it does not look so bad.  Today was absolutely a lovely day, low 80s temperature, low humidity and clear skies.  So here are some pictures from today:

We moved the Charleston bench from the bank and put it out on the end of the dock for Nick who loves to fish.  We learned from experience that we need to secure it so it is tied to a dock pole.  Last year we pulled it out of the river mud.  It survived 50 mile an hour winds two nights ago, so Kim really tied it down.

You will also note that we lost some pole covers as the poles sunk into the mud.  Kim put some attachment mechanisms on the end which are wide enough that they will not let the pole sink down – they will get caught.  But we know the river went down because Spike’s dock reappeared, and our gangplank went from being level to slanting down again.

Check into tomorrow.


Jet boat is in!

The jet boat and fishing boat are now in the river tied up to the dock.  Here is the jet boat, maybe we should put the dock back together…

Check out this piece of driftwood that our neighbor dragged out of the river:




Lock and dam 15 April 26 2008

Check out the pictures I took today back down at the foot of the lock and dam.  The road was closed, so we walked down there, along with a lot of anglers.  The fishing must be good in a flood, perch and buffalo.

Meanwhile, the rollers are wide open, completely raised off the river bed and letting the river go.  The Corps does that at flood time because these are not really meant to control flooding, but rather to maintain the pool level for navigation.

Lock and dam 15 is the largest roller dam in the world.  Here are interesting links that describe roller dams fishing, and the navigation channel construction: