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Mississippi River

Mississippi River Fishing Near Savanna Illinois

The Mississippi River is 2,552 miles long. Pool 13 runs 34.2 miles from Bellevue, Iowa to Fulton, Illinois Carroll County, Illinois borders the major portion of Pool 13.

If you like fishing, the Mississippi River in the Carroll County area is for you !!! A variety of fish inhabit the river including Walleye, Sauger, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and several species of Catfish.

Fishing Tips for the Savanna Illinois Area

Late March to early June
Spring is the time to follow most species into the backwaters. Most angling should take place in less that 4 feet of water and related to some sort of dead fall trees and shoreline. Most Walleye and Sauger fishing in the spring takes place in shallow rocky areas within one mile of the dam.

Mid June to late September
Most species have spawned and the river is full of forage. The weed beds continue to develop and begin forming an abundance of offshore cover. Bass, crappie and bluegill tend to associate with stumps, deadheads, and dead falls that are surrounded by weeds. Expect the fish to be anywhere within the weed areas where wood is available.

October to Mid-December
This is the season for big fish of all species. Bass form tight schools and when one is caught others are close by. Concentrate on fishing long along sharp breaks or current edges that have stumps or dead fall timber.

Late December
Even though most of the river is frozen over, the area of strong current below Dam 12 remains open to boating. Try Walleye & Sauger here.

Beautiful Scenery along the Mississippi River

The Palisades Bluffs North of Savanna Illinois

The Delta Queen makes her way down the Mississippi near Savanna, Illinois

Savanna Marina Information

Located in downtown Savanna on the Mississippi River, this area offers four launch ramps, annual campsites, dry dock spaces with unlimited launching privileges, wet slips and winter storage. Facility also has concession building, clean restrooms and showers, gas, pump-out, bait and more.

Savanna Marina
1 Main Street, Savanna, IL 61074
Phone: 815-273-2955

Savanna Park District Office
Address:225 Bowen St. PO Box 329
Savanna, IL 61074
Phone: 815-273-4487 *(Answering machine 24 hours-a-day)