Day 1 of our fourth stop of the 2021 PWS Season has us on the Mississippi River, Pool 2.
Reports of low water levels, a slow current, and a bug hatch very well could have been a recipe for a quiet day of fishing. Fortunately for us, our anglers were able to find some walleyes to fill up the WEIGHLIVE App. However, the big surprise came by 9:30 AM as we saw some new faces at the top of the leaderboard. In fact, 6 of the eight anglers with catches were anglers we have not seen above the cut line in the last few events!
Like the old saying, “all good things must come to an end,” was the case for many anglers as the day progressed. As we all know, our PWS Events are full of twists and turns as out of nowhere, the leaderboard switched once again! Brett King made a huge move, off-camera, by boating two beautiful Mississippi River Walleye what seemed like back-to-back! The first from Brett weighed a hefty 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and the one to follow tipped the scales at 6 pounds and 1 ounce! After catching and scoring Brett’s two fish, that unofficially moved King into first place at the end of day one with over 13 pounds of fish caught.
We did get to witness some nice fish caught on camera from a few of our familiar faces, including Isaac Lakich, Mike Gofron, Marianne Huskey, and Joe Okada. After watching these anglers closely all year, it just goes to show their talents and how they can break down and grind out a body of water to produce. Joe Okada showed us something special with a huge bounce back today after a rollercoaster at Mille Lacs. At right around the noon hour, Joe quickly put three legal fish on the board to move above the cut line, which was exciting to watch.
It is safe to say a common theme today on the Mississippi was a rod in hand with bright-colored baits. The lure selection consisted of bright orange, chartreuse, and firetiger patterns, all seen in various models of different crankbaits, including those from Berkley and Walleye Nation Creations. We saw a few anglers casting and even vertically jigging in the 75 + degree water of the river. Another notable point is that we also got to see a few anglers using baitcasting rods and reels.
To get the complete list of weights after Day 1, head on over to the results page. The top anglers after Day 1 will have cameras tomorrow as our 32 anglers looking to move into or stay above that 8-spot cutline.
Anglers with cameras for Day 2:
- Brett King
- Marianne Huskey
- Joe Okada
- Paul Meleen
- Corey Heiser
- Isaac Lakich
- Mike McCormick
- David Kolb
- Jeremy Zimmerman
- Zach Axtman