Despite its muddy reputation, Mississippi River fishing is some of the best river fishing. This river, the longest in the country, is full of catfish, gar, carp, freshwater drum, bowfin, bass and bluegill. The area south of St. Louis is prime area for catching large catfish. Not far from your Maeystown bed and breakfast, fishing on the Mississippi is exciting and productive.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
HCR 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge is located at the point where the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers come together. The area is composed of backwater sloughs, wetlands and the river area. The area is known for its bald eagle population and hundreds of species of birds. The refuge has a visitor's center where you can learn more about wildlife in the area and also popular fishing areas. You will find channel catfish, spotted gar, bass, black crappie and many other species of fish in these waters. There is no fee to enter the park, but you are asked to obey the rules to protect the refuge and stay in designated areas for fishing and boating.
Rte. 2, Box 183
Piasa Harbor is a full service marina for those driving the scenic Great River Road or those who are looking for a place to put their boat in the river. You can stop at Piasa Harbor for a full menu of food specials, gas, or fishing and boating supplies. You can rent a boat or get yours repaired at the harbor. There are great fishing spots around the harbor for bringing in the big catfish. This is just one of the many great stops on your Mississippi River fishing trip.
Prairie Du Rocher Creek
PO Box 32
Prairie Du Rocher, IL 62277
The town of Prairie Du Rocher is just a few miles south of your Maeystown Inn. The creek runs off the Mighty Mississippi and towards town. The town is only protected by a levee from flood waters. Because the creek runs right off the river, it is full of catfish and bass. You can fish off the bank or put a small boat in the creek. The water is usually calm unless the river is up.
Fort Kaskaskia Area
10981 Conservation Road
Baldwin, IL 62217
Fort Kaskaskia is located high above the Mississippi River on a bluff. The views of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Island are beautiful and there is much to do at the fort. The historic area is great for a variety of recreational activities, including Mississippi River fishing. Many say the best spots are close to the Kaskaskia State Fish and Wildlife Management Area. There are concrete boat ramps in the area where the Kaskaskia River and Mississippi meet. You can hike on one of the trails along the river, or have a picnic at the fort. Tour Fort Kaskaskia for more information about the history of the area.