Mississippi River Ice Fishing Charters

Mississippi River Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

Ice Fishing in Mississippi River

If you think the fishing action on the Upper Mississippi stops when temperatures drop below freezing, think again! Many anglers claim that Mississippi River ice fishing offers some of the best hard-water river fishing you can find in the US, as long as you’re careful and know where to go.
 

What to Expect

One of the first questions that comes to mind, especially when you’re talking about ice fishing on a river as big as the Mississippi, is whether it’s actually safe. While the main flow of this mighty body of water is no joke, the good news is there are plenty of small bays and backwater nooks where you can drop your line without being swept away.
 
The even better news is that in these slower-moving waters, strong ice settles in for several months, creating the ideal conditions for ice fishing. This is the time to set your sights on copious amounts of Bluegill, Crappie, and Yellow Perch, which are plentiful and very hungry. The best part is that you can land all three species in a day, sometimes even from the same hole. You can also hook Walleye and Northern Pike, though it will require more patience and experienced guidance.
 

How to Prepare

Winters in the north aren’t for the faint-hearted, so when you decide to go ice fishing, warm, layered clothes are priority number one. If you decide to explore the ice with a guide, they will usually have all the tackle and ice fishing equipment you need, and they will often drill holes for you. Some services even have ice shacks where you can stay warm until that first bite.
 
It’s up to you to dress for the occasion, get a fishing license that’s valid in the state where you’ll be fishing, and bring plenty of hot tea or coffee and food to keep you warm.
 
Mississippi River ice fishing is a diamond in the rough, but once you discover its riches, you’ll keep coming back for more!
Mississippi River
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,947 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Mississippi River

Just remember it's called fishing and not catching. A great Captain can put you on fish, share their knowledge and give you a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's called fishing and not catching. A great Captain can put you on fish, share their knowledge and give you a great experience.
Jeremy  G.
Jeremy G.
We caught 60 blue catfish! Plus specks , black drum , sheepshead and redfish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught 60 blue catfish! Plus specks , black drum , sheepshead and redfish!
Kevin  S.
Kevin S.
It rained hard the night before our trip, so the water was a bit more murky than our captain expected. But he was still able to put us on a lot of fish. The wind was a bit rough, so we couldn't go offshore like we originally wanted, but inshore was a hit. The ride home across the bay was a little bumpy but my boys loved the adventure and water in their faces.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It rained hard the night before our trip, so the water was a bit more murky than our captain expected. But he was still able to put us on a lot of fish. The wind was a bit rough, so we couldn't go offshore like we originally wanted, but inshore was a hit. The ride home across the bay was a little bumpy but my boys loved the adventure and water in their faces.
Jenifer  J.
Jenifer J.
Bring bug spray. The mosquitos swarm for about 30 minutes at dusk. Other than that. Book with Captain Clinton deArmas. He is knowledgeable and great at communicating exactly how to get the fish in the boat. You'll have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring bug spray. The mosquitos swarm for about 30 minutes at dusk. Other than that. Book with Captain Clinton deArmas. He is knowledgeable and great at communicating exactly how to get the fish in the boat. You'll have a great time.
Tina  T.
Tina T.
So knowledgeable of fishing and patient! He could teach anyone how to fish I’m sure of it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
So knowledgeable of fishing and patient! He could teach anyone how to fish I’m sure of it!
Ally  T.
Ally T.
This was a mid-November trip and it was a gorgeous 50 degree day with no wind. It was still chilly on the water. Fish were a little slow to bite but then they started biting right before dark.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a mid-November trip and it was a gorgeous 50 degree day with no wind. It was still chilly on the water. Fish were a little slow to bite but then they started biting right before dark.
Herman  K.
Herman K.
A guided trip really clues you in on what, where and how to fish. It all but guarantees fishing success.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A guided trip really clues you in on what, where and how to fish. It all but guarantees fishing success.
Michael  L.
Michael L.
Talk to your guide ahead of time about the weather and what clothing to bring. Winter months may take several lays
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to your guide ahead of time about the weather and what clothing to bring. Winter months may take several lays
Jon  W.
Jon W.
Call Captain Brad D’ Alphonso now! He books dates like 3-4 months in advance. He has patience the only quality that makes an excellent fisherman. Not all Captains are patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Brad D’ Alphonso now! He books dates like 3-4 months in advance. He has patience the only quality that makes an excellent fisherman. Not all Captains are patient.
Patti  L.
Patti L.
Don’t give up sometimes it takes time to find them but when your captain does it’s awesome
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t give up sometimes it takes time to find them but when your captain does it’s awesome
Jonathan  R.
Jonathan R.
I recommend this trip to anybody that likes to fish. I'm 56 years old. This is the best trip I've had in my whole life can't wait to do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend this trip to anybody that likes to fish. I'm 56 years old. This is the best trip I've had in my whole life can't wait to do it again.
George  C.
George C. New Orleans, LA
Book your trip with Blackdot Charters and get ready to catch some fish. You will not regret it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Blackdot Charters and get ready to catch some fish. You will not regret it.
Billy  T.
Billy T.
Dress appropriately, wear sunglasses, cap or visor. Use the restroom before you head out. Text Captain Andy if any questions, he answers every time and fairly quickly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately, wear sunglasses, cap or visor. Use the restroom before you head out. Text Captain Andy if any questions, he answers every time and fairly quickly.
Sheree  M.
Sheree M.
We have done a trip in both March and October. You will probably catch a few more fish in the Spring Time (March).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have done a trip in both March and October. You will probably catch a few more fish in the Spring Time (March).
Brian  H.
Brian H.
Bring sunscreen and bugspray, accents, sunshine, and mosquitoes are big in New Orleans!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and bugspray, accents, sunshine, and mosquitoes are big in New Orleans!
James  K.
James K.
Great the weather was perfect a little choppy but that's what made it even more fun ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great the weather was perfect a little choppy but that's what made it even more fun ?
Craig  C.
Craig C.
Captain Andrew is a great guide! Friendly and patient willing to teach or Let your own thing. He moves around to put you on the fish. He has a ton of experience and shares his knowledge along the way. I highly recommend this charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Andrew is a great guide! Friendly and patient willing to teach or Let your own thing. He moves around to put you on the fish. He has a ton of experience and shares his knowledge along the way. I highly recommend this charter.
Terry  G.
Terry G. Andice, TX
As with all guides call and speak to them, learn about what is going on before your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As with all guides call and speak to them, learn about what is going on before your trip.
Larry  B.
Larry B. Livermore, CA
It’s is still humid and hot after 10am so bring a hat some mosquito repellent just incase.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s is still humid and hot after 10am so bring a hat some mosquito repellent just incase.
Mike  P.
Mike P. Simi Valley, CA
Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Greg  B.
Greg B.

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