6. B.Y.O. Bait
Head south to Clarksville, where the Mississippi backs up behind Lock and Dam No. 24. This pool of still water creates a tremendous multispecies fishery, but to hook into a bigmouth buffalo, look to the turbid waters around Calumet Creek and similar backwaters. A finicky fish, the bigmouth demands an odd mix of angling finesse and trailer-park bait. Before the trip, mix mashed cornflakes with Big Red soda and bake off the excess moisture. A pinch of this suspended on a small hook works best.