No pro seemed empty-handed today on the Mississippi River, at least not in front of our photographers.
You'll see from the photo that the upper Mississippi River has risen up into the trees. Heavy rains this spring in Wisconsin and north of here has pushed the river about a foot above normal. My local camera boat driver Brian Beebe says the river is now dropping because less rain has fallen in the past two weeks.
If you look hard, you can see Kelley Jaye deep into this field of reeds. In a normal season, where he's fishing would be dry land. Jaye just boated his first keeper of the day. "About time!" he shouted.
"Not going to help today," said Billy McCaghren's Marshal, Steven Tolly. "Back in the water."
"Kevin Hawk just screamed, 'Limit, baby!' What a limit it is. Can you say BIG FISH!" Submitted by Hawk's Marshal
We just watched Aaron Martens spend about 10 minutes driving slowly around a small area closely studying his electronics. He stops, fishes for 10 minutes, and then studies the electronics again. He's fishing fast and clearly looking for action.
That's five in the box for Gerald Swindle. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Scott Sutter
The pros were catching 'em early today on the Mississippi River!
"Fish are knocking Stephen Browning right out of his shoes," said Bassmaster Marshal Josh Keeney.