Barge Fishing the Mississippi River

Most folks think there are only three spots for fishing: from a shoreline, a pier, or a boat. Not so. Some of the best fishing action in the Midwest takes place from Mississippi River fishing barges. These classic floating platforms, also known as fishing floats, are located at some of the most reliable fishing spots on the river where anglers regularly catch walleye, bass, bluegill, catfish, pike, perch, sturgeon and even the occasional sauger. Because these barges are highly stable, barge fishing makes for an easy, safe way to fish, even for kids.

Shuttle service to and from the town dock to the barge is usually included in the float fee. To make the outing even more convenient and enjoyable, most barges are accessible and offer pole rentals, bait sales, restrooms, food service, and an opportunity to be entertained by the fish tales and folklore of area fishing “veterans.” Generally, barges are open from March through November, weather permitting.

So, it’s o-fish-al! For a fantastic fishing experience, head to one of these Wisconsin fish barges. Don’t forget to pack your fishing license, and always call ahead to get the details on exact hours of operation, costs, and conditions. Maybe you’ll be able write your own fish story about “the one that DIDN’T get away!”

Great Alma Fish Float
Alma, WI

Make it a great day and a great night of fishing! One unique feature of the Great Alma float is a night fishing package which offers anglers the option of staying over in one of the rental bunk rooms!

Clement’s Fishing Barge
Genoa, WI

Clement’s location just below Lock & Dam #8 is in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge where over 134 aquatic species have been identified! Chose from twelve accessible floats.

Hubbard’s Fishing Float
Lynxville, WI

In case you work up an extra large appetite out in the fresh air, Hubbard’s has its own full service restaurant adjoining the float, only ten minutes north of Prairie du Chien along the Great River Road.

Best Dam Fishing Float
LaCrosse, WI

With over 400 feet of recently renovated rail, this historic float is particularly popular during the fall because it features a 55 inch flat screen TV for keeping an eye on the Packers game while you fish!

Tremplo Fishing Float
Trempealeau, WI

Vicki and Bill Meyer, managers of this float located near Lock & Dam #6, are anxious to share their love of fishing with both seasoned and novice fisher folks. They admit to over 100 years of combined fishing experience between them!

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