I have fished the Mississippi River lakes most of my life. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta was an amazing adventure from having so many lakes and tributaries to choose from. I was blessed in that manner, to have the abundant waters of the Mississippi River. The only problem with the Mississippi River lakes was the fluctuation of water levels. Each day was a new day on the Mississippi River. The water could rise or fall two feet in one day. Sometimes it fell or rose even faster. This issue made each day a new presentation for finding any fish. One day you catch bass on a crank bait and the next day they would not touch anything but a worm. Very finicky and fickle fish are in the Mississippi River.
Many people are able to fish waters like Pickwick Lake, Grenada Lake, and so on, and not have the issues of such water fluctuations. Those lakes are controlled waters that have very little water fluctuation. Not to say they have issues also, but they don’t rise and fall thirty feet in a two months time. Fishing the Mississippi River is very hard and time consuming, because you can wake up the next morning and find that the brush top you caught a hog on the day before is one foot out of the water. Now you have to rework your game plan.
I learned a long time ago to watch the predictions given by the Army Corp of Engineers on the Mississippi Ohio River forecast. They have a website you can look up which is very helpful in seeing the level the water is at any given time and to see the projected rise or fall for the next few days. It is very helpful to document the water levels, temperature, weather, wind direction, and speed of rise or fall of water when you have caught an abundant amount of fish in a single day. I have also documented these when I did not catch any at all. This documentation is very helpful in deciding if it was a good day to go fishing. So make sure you know your waters thorough and document as much as possible. It will help to insure success on the lakes of the Mighty Mississippi River. Also make sure you wear your life jacket!