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River fishing guide extraordinaire Loren Waalkens fishes the Mississippi River near Lake City, Minn., year 'round and experiences outstanding catches consistently.

Try fishing a river this summer

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The Midwest is blessed with all sorts of fishing opportunities. Lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs dot our landscape. Wherever you live, you don't need to drive far to wet a line.


Rivers can provide some outstanding fishing action throughout the summer. Actually, rivers can be good year 'round, especially the larger rivers. However, in the summer, small, medium, and large rivers can provide anglers with action from a wide variety of fish species.

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