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Posted: 12/21/2016 7:32:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2016 7:45:21 PM EDT by yammerschooner]
I was thinking about buying a tag to snag them on the Missouri river this spring, but I have never done it before. Have any of you ever tried it? If so, what was your experience?

I am trying to figure out if buying a special tag and spending a bunch of time in a vehicle is worth it to snag a fish.
Link Posted: 12/21/2016 8:09:09 PM EDT
My brother caught one in Illinois when he was fishing for flatheads. Everything happened exactly right, he hooked it in the mouth on a bluegill(it swam by feeding and got his bait). He estimated it as 75 pounds, I posted pics here and other members who have caught them said it was probably closer to half that. I didn't see the fish firsthand so I don't know.


He did say it outfought the 35 pound flatheads he caught the same year(weight verified by scale) and was heavier than them so 75 or not, I believe him when he says regardless of weight it was bigger than 35. I say if you've got the money for the trip do it, and don't just take the eggs. There's a lot of meat on them.
Link Posted: 12/23/2016 11:28:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2016 11:32:12 PM EDT by Iowaredneck]
done it many times here in SE Iowa its very dependent on the run you can jerk till your arms about to fall off one day and not hit nothing next day hit one about every cast

they get big and put up a hell of a fight the hook restrictions imposed by the dnr are total horse shit

what part of the state are you in? there are plenty of other places to go after them and I believe on the Missouri is the only place you need any special tags
Link Posted: 12/25/2016 1:52:01 PM EDT
I'm in Des Moines, so Missouri vs. Mississippi really doesn't hold any preference for me.

I know nothing about them; my interest was just sparked by an email I received from the Iowa DNR. I would truly be going into this blind.

Any idea why the Missouri is the only place tags are required? Are they easier to catch there or something? At $22 for the tag, the money really doesn't play into decisions I make at all.
Link Posted: 12/25/2016 7:20:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2016 12:03:58 AM EDT by Iowaredneck]
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Originally Posted By yammerschooner:
I'm in Des Moines, so Missouri vs. Mississippi really doesn't hold any preference for me.

I know nothing about them; my interest was just sparked by an email I received from the Iowa DNR. I would truly be going into this blind.

Any idea why the Missouri is the only place tags are required? Are they easier to catch there or something? At $22 for the tag, the money really doesn't play into decisions I make at all.
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You'll only be catching them in the spring when they make their spawning run. Its very dependent on weather and water level. Ive fished for them since the early 90's used to have a buddy that lived near my spot and would tip me off when they were starting to come up so that really helped. Season was closed for many years on the Missouri would guess due to low numbers.

I know the dam at Ottumwa can be a very good spot to catch them that'd still be a drive but closer than the Missouri or Mississippi
Link Posted: 12/27/2016 5:01:52 PM EDT
After the 2008 floods, the Iowa river in Iowa City would produce rather large ones just below the drop.

They're big, ugly things and kinda fun to catch but it's not really 'fishing' if you ask me

Link Posted: 12/27/2016 7:21:23 PM EDT
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After the 2008 floods, the Iowa river in Iowa City would produce rather large ones just below the drop.

They're big, ugly things and kinda fun to catch but it's not really 'fishing' if you ask me
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Now you have to be like 200y (iirc) down streem from the dam
Link Posted: 1/9/2017 3:04:27 PM EDT
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Now you have to be like 200y (iirc) down streem from the dam
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Originally Posted By DangerJ:
After the 2008 floods, the Iowa river in Iowa City would produce rather large ones just below the drop.

They're big, ugly things and kinda fun to catch but it's not really 'fishing' if you ask me


Now you have to be like 200y (iirc) down streem from the dam


Oh, I don't think I explained that very well.

I'm talking at Burlington St, the bridge. There's a small 'drop' of a few feet for the river. People were snagging them left and right there - not at the actual Coralville dam.
Link Posted: 1/12/2017 7:07:43 PM EDT
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Oh, I don't think I explained that very well.

I'm talking at Burlington St, the bridge. There's a small 'drop' of a few feet for the river. People were snagging them left and right there - not at the actual Coralville dam.
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My brother just moved to that area this spring, maybe I'll have to drive down and try my luck if numbers are good this year.
Link Posted: 1/13/2017 12:54:48 PM EDT
From what I've heard, you have to bleed them quickly if you intend on eating them.
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From what I've heard, you have to bleed them quickly if you intend on eating them.
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We always hang them and cut their tail offto bleed them out
Link Posted: 3/11/2017 10:55:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2017 10:56:18 PM EDT by yammerschooner]
Well, I got an email on Thursday telling me the boat that I thought would be done around this time was just getting started. It doesn't look like I will have a new rig for fishing until later in the spring than I thought.

If any of you in the know become aware that spoonbills are moving, please post up. While I may have to put it off until next year, I may also be able to talk a buddy into doing it and taking me along.
Link Posted: 3/20/2017 10:33:13 PM EDT
I have got them right below the rollers on lock 15 behind the old resturant on the steps

Once when I caught a small one a Vietnamese gentleman kept offering me money for it and got pushy when I told him no and was unhookin it to toss it back

The funny thing was that I was fishing with my DNR buddie who was off the clock at that time and when he flashed his badge the guy went from speaking perfect English to none.

They are a blast to catch and it makes me miss living in that area.


One word of warning, unless things have changed since the former resturant is/was torn down and the casino moving keep your head on a swivel as I have met some sketchy people down there

Awesome fishing though
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