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Still waiting to get last seasons deer mount back. The previous seasons deer I got back in may but that one was shot is early October.  Apparently not getting one til almost Christmas gets me on the bottom of list.

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Ya, really looking forward to the upcoming season.

Moved a stand to a better spot last week.

This stand is on a small amount of land (4.7 acres) but gets a lot of deer movement.

Landowner has seen 3 different doe \ fawn combos and 2 small bucks.

He usually sees at least one nice buck cruise through each fall.

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I’m super antsy for this season. Got a new bow in January and have been shooting the heck out of it. Just another month or so left! 

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Looking forward to it! My son is bear hunting in Minnesota and I drew an elk tag in New Mexico. After that we will hunt whitetails around home. I'm definitely getting ansty!

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Sorry snag,  I lost track from the original post! However cool mounts are, what really excites me is the future. Mounts are a great way to remember punched tags and successful hunts, but thinking about the upcoming season is what really gets me excited.

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Normally im really excited by now as well. Don't know if its the warm weather or lack of fishing ive done this summer but I haven't even taken my bow out of the closet yet this year. Usually ive fished so much im ready for something else. Guess having a 2.5 yr old and 12 month old daughter changes a fellas routine a  bit. That's were the antsy to get the mount comes into play, hoping it jump starts me a bit for all the fall fun stuff ahead.

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1 hour ago, snagfinder said:

Normally im really excited by now as well. Don't know if its the warm weather or lack of fishing ive done this summer but I haven't even taken my bow out of the closet yet this year. Usually ive fished so much im ready for something else. Guess having a 2.5 yr old and 12 month old daughter changes a fellas routine a  bit. That's were the antsy to get the mount comes into play, hoping it jump starts me a bit for all the fall fun stuff ahead.

 

Yeah those kids tend to have a ripple effect on your life don't they?  I'm excited for the season but also dreading how close it is.  I have had ZERO time to get out and shoot this summer.  Normally I shoot a couple days a week all summer long.  This week I just started some shoulder work to get my shoulder to a point where I can handle a lot of shooting since I'm going to have to do more shooting in a shorter amount of time to get ready for the season.  And lets not even talk about finding time to go get stands and blinds placed.  Luckily I moved one ladder stand to a prime spot last December to have it ready for this season so in a pinch I do have one spot ready to go already. 

 

Scoot I'm also insanely jealous of your NM elk tag.  That's my dream trip. Probably going to have to wait for awhile though.

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Scoot, looking forward to seeing photos from your hunt in NM.  I have a MT elk tag to start me off this year.

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A bunch of shooting is overrated.(I think) If you go shoot a few and your bow is on target what are you gonna gain from target shooting everyday? Just cause you can hit a quarter at 30 yards 90 percent of the time don't mean you can hit [PoorWordUsage] when the 10 pointer of a life time is standing in front of you. I have a few buddies that seem to prove the theory a lot. Me personally the more I target shoot the worse I get. I will go out soon and shoot a half dozen arrows and if all goes good the next shot after that will fill my tag.

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I'll agree that shooting a ton of arrows in itself doesn't add a lot of value assuming you're shooting well from the start.  However, there is more to practice beyond making sure you can hit what you aim at.  Like you said target practice and shooting at live game are very different.  What I try to focus on at the practice range is my shot routine and metal process.  I want to make sure that my process is so well locked into my muscle memory that it is simply reflex when Mr Big walks by.  Its too easy to see a deer and let a piece of the process get sloppy. If that happens it can be the difference maker.  For example I was hunting with a buddy last year.  I know for a fact that he takes his bow out once or twice before the season to make sure he can still hit the target and that about it.  Well, first day out last season he drew on a deer and he had a mental breakdown and put the wrong pin on the deer.  The result was the deer ran off and his arrow was buried in a tree trunk directly above where the deer was standing, that was his only shot attempt for the season.  The only way to lock down your routine and make it automatic is through doing it correctly repeatedly and the best way to do that is at range before the season. Of course its not going to be fool proof and things can still go wrong but I'm a believer in preparation. I don't want to put all that time in the stand and then have the entire season come down to a mistake that I could have prevented with proper preparation.  This is just me and my mindset though. We all operate a little differently and have different experiences.  I've only been shooting a bow for 3+ years and only have 2 seasons of bow hunting under my belt so some may have things locked into muscle memory over 20+ years, I'm not there yet so practice is required. 

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I completely disagree with your approach and belief about shooting snag. No doubt there's a point of diminishing returns,  but the amount of shooting you're talking about is nowhere near it. In fact I'd say that approach is unethical and not respectful of the animals you are hunting. 

 

A lot goes into making a good shot at an animal and no doubt you're right about some guys who shoot a lot making bad shots.  But that provides no support for the ridiculous claim that suggests you shouldn't be well practiced.  

 

Certainly no need to go crazy,  but you'll be a far better hunter with more time behind your bow than what you said above. 

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To each his own I guess. Once you know your sighted in properly I just don't see the point unless every night after work you come home and shoot one arrow. Its always only gonna be the first shot that counts unless you hop out of your truck and take a bunch of warm up shots in the dark in the morning. Oh and by the way your comment about me being unethical and disrespectful to nature , you know where you can shove that. My dad is the most respectful and honest man around and that's how he raised me, so taking a shot at me is taking a shot at him and im not ok with that. If you want to have an opinion about my practice habits more power too ya. The rest of that unethical B******t you can keep to youself. Thank you for [PoorWordUsage]ing me off for the rest of my work day.

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I guess I just can't understand the mentality that doing something correctly one time means you're now perfect and no longer need to practice. 

 

Let me pose this question to you.  If you had the chance to attend an NBA basketball game and were given the chance to shoot 1 free throw in order to win $1 million. Would you stop practicing after you made your first 5 free throws or would you keep practicing?  If it were me you better believe I'm going to practice until I can make a free throw in my sleep. 

 

But like you said to each his own.  

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I figured that's how you'd respond snag. It's too bad you don't get it,  but that's really not my concern. 

 

You figure good golfers hit a good drive in practice then hang up their clubs until the tourney begins?  Same goes for anyone who really wants to be good at anything actually. 

 

IMO you owe it to the animals whose lives you are trying to end to be very proficient at doing so.  That's what makes it different and more important than golf, basketball,  or most things people want to be good at.  If you disagree I think you don't have a leg to stand on in the ethics dept, but nothing you describe is illegal so do whatever yout want. 

 

With regard to your father- I didn't say boo about him or anyone else in your family. For that matter I didn't say you were a bad person, just that I think one thing you do isn't ethical.  

 

Practice how you want,  hunt how you want- the laws are in place and as long as you follow them my take on your behavior is only one guy's opinion.

 

... and this is an open forum on the internet!  You post what you did on any open bowhunting forum and someone will be dumb enough to take your bait and reply with common sense.  In this case it was me. 

 

I hope the rest of your day goes better. 

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My last response to this will be a question? If you shoot twenty arrow on Monday and all are great, then on Wednesday you shoot twenty more and all is great, Friday comes and you gonna shoot twenty more for the final tune up before Saturdays hunt and suddenly your shooting 2" left. What are you gonna do? Adjust your sight even though first 40-50 arrows for the week were good, or go to bed thinking if I see the big one in the morning should I aim right or just assume them last bad shots were just me? I would have rather have stopped when I know my bow is on and my confidence is high. Anyway Im done with this since this started as me wishing I would get last seasons mount back.

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I can only answer for myself but I try to figure out why I'm shooting 2" left.  The first 40-50 good shots already tell me its not the bow and that its something that I'm doing differently (unless there is a new variable introduced to the equipment).  I try to make my practice shots more thoughtful than just absent minded shooting so if something isn't right I work to figure it out that way when I hit the stand the next day I'm aware of the mistake I was making and can make sure I'm not going to make the same mistake when the shot really counts.

 

If you're shooting without any thought behind it then you won't know if its your bow, your form, or if your going to have the same issue the next day.  There is a saying the practice makes perfect, in reality its perfect practice makes perfect.  Perfect practice to me means executing each shot like its your only shot and if something is wrong you work to fix it. 

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Confidence and competence are often highly uncorrelated. 

 

Sounds like you think your shooting skills are good enough to get the job done. If you're as competent with your shooting as you are confident, then all will be fine. 

 

Good luck this season. 

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@snagfinder

 

Hope your mount comes back before Christmas!

 

I dropped off a head for a Euro mount last November and haven’t been called on that yet either.  Much longer wait than normal.

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In 7 years of bow hunting I've watched a ton of nice bucks walk around, waiting for the right shot or just having fun watching them, knowing its a long season. In those 7 years ive shot 8 arrows. 7 of them made clean kills  including 3 out of last 4 not making it 40 yards. That being said the one that didn't end well was last year and I told the story on here. But still had nothing to do with the shot it went exactly where I wanted it to, just a poor shot placement on my part and hit shoulder. Maybe I should spend some time studying deer anatomy.

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Long time since i been on here- glad to see people getting antsy. Waiting for my two bucks from last year to come back, and about ready for out of state deer, MN bear and deer, and who knows might even try a over the counter goat hunt

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Antsy?  That would be an understatement.  I got out bow hunting 1 time last year due to the job I was working at the time.  That job is history and am now working a job that will allow me to hunt as much as I used to.  Last month has been pretty much a disaster.......the land that we hunt on, first when we went in to kill the areas for the food plot, the guy running the sprayer decided it would be a good idea to put Roundup on the clover plot I put in last year.  It was thick and awesome and I could tell the deer were just hammering it.  Mostly does and fawns, couple small bucks, but hey, when the does need a man, he usually shows up.  Needless to say, I was a little upset when this happened.  Almost lost it when the guy got done spraying the plot and then drove over to me and said "I killed that plot, we should plant a clover or chicory plot there".  Just shook my head and walked away.  Strike one......then about 2 weeks ago the owner of the property informed us that we would no longer be able to bow hunt on his land.  Only muzzleloader, and that's only if they are completely tagged out by then.  STRIKE TWO........so I just planted over 200 dollars worth of seed in food plots that I may never even get to hunt over.  STRIKE THREE!!!!   So now I am in scramble mode to try and find some private land to hunt or start getting out to scout public land in hopes to find a good spot.  All i can do is make the best out of it and hopefully things work out the best.  Either way.....I'm going to up a tree somewhere and totally loving the experience of sitting in the woods with mother nature, with a huge smile on my face!!!!

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      There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky. Walleye - Fair: Drift or troll slowly crawler rigs, minnows or leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch - Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try tube jigs tipped with crawlers in 10-15 feet of water.  North Twin Lake
      Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water clarity is around 1.5 feet. White Crappie - Slow: No Report - A recent survey showed most crappie are 6-10 inches with a few up to 14 inches. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 27 inches have been seen in recent netting surveys.  Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
      Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Use crawler rigs and troll crankbaits along the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in 6-10 feet of water. White Bass - Fair: Troll crankbaits or fish crawlers along the dredge cuts.  Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the low 70's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.   Beeds Lake
      The park road will be closed Sept. 19th - 21st due to road construction; there will be no access to the boat ramp. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow. Yellow Bass - Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig. Shore anglers should fish a small piece of crawler or cut bait off the bottom.  Clear Lake
      Surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait in the areas where water is entering the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vegetation. Yellow Bass - Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow over the reefs until you find fish.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.  Crystal Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs or a minnow in the dredge cut or on the edge of vegetation. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits.  Lake Smith
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll a small jig or minnow in deeper near the outlet.  For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.    East Okoboji Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Don’t overlook the evening bite from docks as these fish will move shallow at dusk. Walleye - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers report northern pike action on the lake.  Five Island Lake
      Channel Catfish - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught trolling. Don’t overlook public areas to fish using traditional "cat" baits which will provide excellent action.  Lake Pahoja
      Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.  Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
      Channel Catfish - Good: Report of angles catching fish from the river.  Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10 inches in the lake.  Ocheyedan Pit #1
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.  Silver Lake (Dickinson)
      Walleye - Good: Expect the fall walleye bite to start soon. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.  Spirit Lake
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught in the outside line of the weed beds. Bonus bluegill will be mixed in the catch.  West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 
    • SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Hollow Lake
      The unstable weather isn't helping the fishing or the number of anglers out on the lake.  Black Crappie - No Report: Start looking for crappies in 6 feet of water. Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills should be moving in to more shallow water soon. Start at 6 feet and work your way in from there.  Deep Lakes
      Grab a pole and go exploring at Deep Lakes; there are lots of ponds to try. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Most of the ponds have good numbers of bass in them; most are smaller, but there are some big ones. Go subtle in your choice of lures with the ultra-clear water. Bluegill - Good: Find the right pond and you can catch some nice bluegills.  Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      The Iowa River still has a lot of flow right now, but is currently back down in its bank with only some low area flooding; it looks to be headed back up.  Lake Belva Deer
      Water warmed up over the last days to around 78 degrees again. The cooler weather forecast should reverse that trend. Black Crappie - Fair: Last week was pretty slow;  crappie should start biting again with the water getting back to normal and cooling off. Channel Catfish - Fair: Should still be able to pick up a few catfish up by the inlet from the marsh. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water up along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.  Lake Darling
      The water temperature is back up to about 79 degrees. Water clarity is improving despite more heavy rains earlier this week. Fishing, while still pretty good, is a little more hit and miss due to the weather.  Bluegill - Good: Decent numbers of hand-sized bluegills are being caught in 5 or less feet of water. Water still hasn’t cleared up after last week’s heavy rains. So a little flash to any lure is a good idea. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to catch catfish. It’s a good time to fish the weirs in the in-lake silt dams as the water from the recent and forecast rains come into the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hovering over the rock piles in about 5-8 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and spoons work best.  Lost Grove Lake
      Water temperature was 78 degrees on Wednesday; the storm may have cooled it off more since then. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still catching crappies out deep, but if the nights stay fairly cool, they should start to move in to shallower water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Run your favorite crankbait on the north side of the lake, out along the mounds on the flats and in shallow.  Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
      The Skunk River is back down to about 1/2 bank full. The parking areas and lanes to them are still muddy.  For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is close to full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake level is at 705 feet (normal pool is 683.4 feet) and slowly falling as of 9/20. All public ramps are under water and the Mehaffey ramp is closed due to construction.  Diamond Lake
      The water is muddy. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs fished over deeper brush. Most fish are 8-9 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait works best. Some limits are being reported.   Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      Largemouth Bass – Slow. Channel Catfish – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish in 12-15 feet of water and look for fish suspended a few feet off the bottom.  Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
      Catfish were biting at Hills and River Junction before the flows bumped up to 10,000 CFS. Flows will continue to be this high until the Coralville Reservoir is back down to normal, which could be weeks.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.  Lake Macbride
      The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows around brush; some fish are reported as moving shallower. Walleye - Fair: Troll crawlers or crankbaits in 7-14 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try topwater baits early and late then troll during the day. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait or stink bait. Evenings are best.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 1.5 feet low. Use caution on the lake, as many of the new rock and wood structures are becoming submerged. There are 2 docks in at the main ramp and the fish cleaning station is open.   For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.   Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shore and around the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure. Try different depths until you find active fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chicken liver in 4-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits or rubber worms around the fishing jetties and along the dam.  Lake Miami
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings then switch to rubber worms or crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Target the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles.  Lake Sugema
      The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. There is now a construction project on the north ramp. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings. As the day progresses, target deeper structure using rubber worms or deep diving crankbaits. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies are suspended. Try drifting minnows around the flooded timber at different depths to find active fish. Bluegill - Fair: Try live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Keep moving until you find active fish.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or stink bait. Don’t fish too deep as the lake does stratify; target 6-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or crawdad imitating crankbaits around deep structure. Try also topwater lures around the cedar tree piles in the morning. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler around aquatic vegetation. Black Crappie - Slow: Try jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 906.10 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or chicken liver in coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows around deeper structure. Trolling small crankbaits can also catch suspended crappies. Crappies will start to move shallow as the water cools. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding. Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles. Walleye - Fair: Use night crawler rigs or troll crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shorelines in the early part of the day and then fish deeper structure as the day warms up. Use rubber worms or crankbaits. Topwater lures can be productive along the lily pads. Black Crappie - Fair: Try tube jigs along the shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER  FISHING REPORTS Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage is 10.36 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities, but is forecast to reach 12.5 feet by the middle of next week. Flood stage is 15 feet. As of Sept. 19th, the Clark's Ferry boat ramp was still closed due to high water, but the ramp at Shady creek is open. The docks have been pulled out at the Fairport Recreational area due to high water. Fishing has been slow.  Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 10.31 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is forecast to rise over the weekend. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 12.14 feet, but forecast to reach 13.2 feet by the middle of next week. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. The Kilpeck Landing is closed. Big Timber is also closed due to high water. Fishing has been slow.   Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 12.57 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and has been falling the past week, but is forecast to rise over the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 17. River level at Keithsburg is 12.52 feet and is forecast to reach 13.1 feet by the middle of next. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. The Toolsboro access is inaccessible due to the Odessa road being flooded. Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow.   Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 9.43 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Flood stage is 10 feet. River level at Burlington is 14.63 feet and is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Flood stage at Burlington is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water.   River stages have been falling the past few days. With recent heavy rains, the river is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Some boat ramps are closed due to high water. Main channel water temperature is around 73 degrees. Water clarity is poor due to high water conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
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