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Old 01-08-2019, 09:26 AM
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Default Rock Island State Park

My wife and I will be at Rock Island State Park next month. I'm thinking of taking my fly rod, but wondering if anyone knows if there is decent fishing to be had from the banks, water levels and conditions aside, of course. I'd appreciate any Rock Island advice y'all can share. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:56 AM
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Just keep in mind that we've had a ton of rain and all the rivers are full. Who is to say what it will be like come Feb, but if it doesn't stop raining for a couple weeks, I'd say the waters will be really flowing making tough for fly fishing.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:37 AM
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Exclamation Fast water

Gen schedule shows full flow.

https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Great-Falls
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:41 AM
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Thanks, guys. I realize the water may not be conducive at all to fishing when we get there. I'm just curious if conditions are ok, is there decent bank fishing to be had within the park and if so, what might I expect to find? Thanks again!
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:40 PM
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I fish there quite a bit Jan through May. As others have said, it all depends on the conditions and release from the Great Falls dam.

Bank fishing options are rather limited due to both the current and the rocks and brush. However, a popular bank fishing spot is just to the right of the boat ramp about 40 yards. Have seen guys pull out quite a few crappie and bass there using minnows and bobbers.

The walleye are tough to get to from the bank - they are generally out in the current.

if you see a guy with a Confederate Battle Flag flying off the back of his boat that will be me. Give me a wave and I will come over and pick up you up.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:46 PM
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I fish there quite a bit Jan through May. As others have said, it all depends on the conditions and release from the Great Falls dam.

Bank fishing options are rather limited due to both the current and the rocks and brush. However, a popular bank fishing spot is just to the right of the boat ramp about 40 yards. Have seen guys pull out quite a few crappie and bass there using minnows and bobbers.

The walleye are tough to get to from the bank - they are generally out in the current.

if you see a guy with a Confederate Battle Flag flying off the back of his boat that will be me. Give me a wave and I will come over and pick up you up.
That's very helpful - thank you very much! Hope we get a chance to meet. Thanks again.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:02 PM
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If your dead set on just fly fishing it would definitely be worth the drive to center hill dam in buffalo valley. If their not generating, tons of places to catch trout there.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:10 PM
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If your dead set on just fly fishing it would definitely be worth the drive to center hill dam in buffalo valley. If their not generating, tons of places to catch trout there.
Great, thanks for the info!
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