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I had an eventful week fishing last week. Me and my partner won our Wednesday Night league on White Bear Lake, with a 12lb bag. We won on WBL last year so it was kinda fun to win back-to-back derbys on the same body of water. I really do like that lake as it sets up well for my strength, which is offshore finesse. We got all our big bites drop shotting offshore coontail with a Keitech easy shaker in morning dawn. Fishing straight vertically under the boat. 

 

Then on Saturday we hit the east side of Mille Lacs all day. The bite wasn't bad, we boated 19 smallies and probably as many walleyes. Our best 5 went for 18lbs with a 4.89lb kicker that came on a 3" chigger craw and a shakey head. The fish were really shallow on reefs.. we got a lot of bites in 10' or less all day. The best bait was a 3.8" fat keitch followed closely by a ned rig. Each smallie we caught was typically trailed by 3-4 more fish. It was kinda fun. 

 

 

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Fished Bemidji area last week and got out a few hours in the Alexandria area Sunday/Monday.  Caught fish on weed edges.  Last week I was out and found nothing but small fish.  Better mix this week.  Still caught a lot of small fish, but did manage some really nice fish too.  Popper/ Choppo started to work as did a shallow running crankbait.  Wacky weighted and non-weighted still produced the most fish. Took kids out on small lake in Alex area and had them throw wacky worms to weed edges. Caught 15-20 bass in less than 2 hours. Almost all in the 15 inch range. 

I caught this little guy on a Choppo and didn't realize he wasn't even hooked. When he bit, I set the hook and he flew 15 feet and was basically lassoed.

 

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Was out on West Bush Lake for a short kayak excursion after work. Started shallow with a frog and pitching a texas rigged pit boss around holes in the weeds, but nothing was going on in the shallows (aside from 10 bajillion tiny bluegills). After starting off shallow and not even seeing a bass cruising around I thought maybe they are post spawn and I remembered some recent posts on this thread saying they've been out a little deeper. I paddled out towards the middle of the lake looking for a defined edge to the weeds (didn't find one haha). So I pitched around blindly in relatively deeper water (10-12 feet maybe). I made a longer pitch and set my rod down to paddle a few strokes towards the bait while it sank, when I picked the rod back up and reeled in the slack, thats when I felt her on there. I set the hook and after a quick, hard fought fight, she was in the boat! I took a quick picture, and remembered I had a tape measure with. I rarely measure the fish I catch, even the big ones, but this one was nice, probably the biggest I've caught yet this year I thought. I thought right! She measured 19 inches! 

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17 hours ago, wisconsin heat said:

Was out on West Bush Lake for a short kayak excursion after work. Started shallow with a frog and pitching a texas rigged pit boss around holes in the weeds, but nothing was going on in the shallows (aside from 10 bajillion tiny bluegills). After starting off shallow and not even seeing a bass cruising around I thought maybe they are post spawn and I remembered some recent posts on this thread saying they've been out a little deeper. I paddled out towards the middle of the lake looking for a defined edge to the weeds (didn't find one haha). So I pitched around blindly in relatively deeper water (10-12 feet maybe). I made a longer pitch and set my rod down to paddle a few strokes towards the bait while it sank, when I picked the rod back up and reeled in the slack, thats when I felt her on there. I set the hook and after a quick, hard fought fight, she was in the boat! I took a quick picture, and remembered I had a tape measure with. I rarely measure the fish I catch, even the big ones, but this one was nice, probably the biggest I've caught yet this year I thought. I thought right! She measured 19 inches! 

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You know, that’s kind of been the pattern for me several times this Spring/Summer.  I keep starting shallow and don’t find them, and eventually toss something into 9-14 fow and there they are... nice fish! 

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Caught 12-15 tonight w some size on all. Most were 16-17.5 inches. A good night, finally. 

 

Found them by the weed line in 7-10 fow.  Weighted senko was the ticket tonight. 

 

 

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On 7/3/2019 at 11:25 PM, OperationEagle said:

Caught 12-15 tonight w some size on all. Most were 16-17.5 inches. A good night, finally. 

 

Found them by the weed line in 7-10 fow.  Weighted senko was the ticket tonight. 

 

 

Just back from a good morning.  Rinse and repeat so quoting myself lol.  Pattern is intact.  Found some in the pads as well.  Caught a 20 incher today.  Hope you all can get out this weekend while the fishing remains decent. 

 

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Fished Zumbra today and got wrecked. Broad leaf pond weed everywhere.  Threw the sink at them today and only managed a few off of whatever weed edge we could find.  weedless senkos, swim baits, t-rigs, etc. couldn't find a pattern. if anyone has advice on how to fish this lake or lakes with similar pond weed lmk. i seem to struggle with this stuff. thanks!

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13 hours ago, meisterluv said:

Fished Zumbra today and got wrecked. Broad leaf pond weed everywhere.  Threw the sink at them today and only managed a few off of whatever weed edge we could find.  weedless senkos, swim baits, t-rigs, etc. couldn't find a pattern. if anyone has advice on how to fish this lake or lakes with similar pond weed lmk. i seem to struggle with this stuff. thanks!

I’ve only fished Zumbra a couple times and found fish, but size was small.  Lots of 12-14 inchers... a lot of lakes in the area that seem to produce better size - yes, using the types of techniques you listed above, so haven’t been back..

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Yep fished zumbra as well with only moderate results. There is the bay that gets choked w weeds to your left as you leave the dock. Have pulled a few out of the slop there.

 

 

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Went you Saturday morning and had a pretty good day. Found nice bass under pads and milfoil mats also found some on deep grass lines. Jigs and Texas rigged creature baits were getting it done. I'm sure any kind of worm or finesse technique would have also worked on the deep fish. Haven't got a good deep crankbait bite yet but I plan on trying to get it going on Tuesday. I'll let you guys know what I find out.

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Went fishing with Ned tonight.  8-12 fow outside weed edge.  On a lake about an hour West of the metro with both greenies and brownies...

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Went out Saturday AM. Only managed 4 with one being 2.5# and the rest being much smaller. Got those 4 by docks on a spinnerbait and could not get them to bite anything else. The docks where I caught these never have fish, this is the first time i've caught anything on that end of the lake and got skunked everywhere else. The visibility was much lower this weekend. The lake I go to doesn't have much bottom definition, it's a long flat transition into deeper water and very soft bottom. I don't remember the last time I was out there and caught less than 10. 

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Got the kayak out on a small lake east of the border yesterday, and had quite an eventful trip for the 2/3 hours I spent on it. I've only fished this lake once from shore before, so I didn't have too much to go off of. I got to the landing and the lake looked a little gross, a lot of floating dead weeds and pretty green water. I paddled to the other side of the lake where I had had success before, and the water quality looked a little better. As I dropped my (brand new) kayak anchor over board, some rope came undone and down she went! Oops.

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Well, I paddled up into a creek that flows into the lake. One side of the creek is a flatter mud bottomed and has weeds, the other side was a tall bluff wall with some overhanging trees,  and a little bit deeper water that had a few boulders and was littered with juicy laydowns. It really was a very cool place to fish. 

 

I threw a spinnerbait for a while as it looked like a good tool for the water clarity and depth/cover I was fishing but only managed one nibble on that. I switched to a top water walking bait after seeing a couple bass bust on top next to some rocks and the wall-got swiped at a couple times but didn't connect.

 

I switched to a Texas rigged beaver bait with a punch skirt and that's the bait that did the damage- I caught the two fish that swiped at my top water bait, then proceeded to catch a biggun pictured below, no tape measure or scale with but she was a solid 3 pounder in the 18+ " range. 20 minutes later I pitched a really nice looking laydown and set the hook on another big fish! She wrapped around a limb and pulled so hard I lost my balance standing in the kayak and *almost* fell into the lake haha. It did bring down to my knees and the kayak tipped enough to fill with water, in addition to that my other rod rigged with the topwater bait now has treble hooks in my pants leg. All the while I have a 3 pounder on the end of the line, as I regained my stability and composure I had to set my rod down and gave the fish enough slack to get off :(

 

After draining the boat and catching another couple on the topwater and Texas rigged I had to call it a day as it was already getting late and I still had to drive back to the cities. I didn't get up the creek as far as I'd like or get to fish much else of the lake at all.

 

All in all, it was a pretty successful trip despite a few mishaps, and a lake I will definitely be visiting again to explore further.

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3 hours ago, wisconsin heat said:

Got the kayak out on a small lake east of the border yesterday, and had quite an eventful trip for the 2/3 hours I spent on it. I've only fished this lake once from shore before, so I didn't have too much to go off of. I got to the landing and the lake looked a little gross, a lot of floating dead weeds and pretty green water. I paddled to the other side of the lake where I had had success before, and the water quality looked a little better. As I dropped my (brand new) kayak anchor over board, some rope came undone and down she went! Oops.

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Well, I paddled up into a creek that flows into the lake. One side of the creek is a flatter mud bottomed and has weeds, the other side was a tall bluff wall with some overhanging trees,  and a little bit deeper water that had a few boulders and was littered with juicy laydowns. It really was a very cool place to fish. 

 

I threw a spinnerbait for a while as it looked like a good tool for the water clarity and depth/cover I was fishing but only managed one nibble on that. I switched to a top water walking bait after seeing a couple bass bust on top next to some rocks and the wall-got swiped at a couple times but didn't connect.

 

I switched to a Texas rigged beaver bait with a punch skirt and that's the bait that did the damage- I caught the two fish that swiped at my top water bait, then proceeded to catch a biggun pictured below, no tape measure or scale with but she was a solid 3 pounder in the 18+ " range. 20 minutes later I pitched a really nice looking laydown and set the hook on another big fish! She wrapped around a limb and pulled so hard I lost my balance standing in the kayak and *almost* fell into the lake haha. It did bring down to my knees and the kayak tipped enough to fill with water, in addition to that my other rod rigged with the topwater bait now has treble hooks in my pants leg. All the while I have a 3 pounder on the end of the line, as I regained my stability and composure I had to set my rod down and gave the fish enough slack to get off :(

 

After draining the boat and catching another couple on the topwater and Texas rigged I had to call it a day as it was already getting late and I still had to drive back to the cities. I didn't get up the creek as far as I'd like or get to fish much else of the lake at all.

 

All in all, it was a pretty successful trip despite a few mishaps, and a lake I will definitely be visiting again to explore further.

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Nice fish, sounds like you earned it.  Every once in awhile I think of getting a kayak -  then I realize I need to be coordinated.  Might be entertaining at least! 

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Lol you dropped in the brand new anchor and the rope came undone?! Didn’t they cut the line for the anchor in grumpy old men?  😂

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Fished Big Marine Wednesday night for the Greenhorn Advanced league and placed 4th with 13.05lbs with a 4.19lb kicker. Was a fun night but had to work for them. 17.95lbs won it. 16lbs for 2nd, and 13.85 for 3rd. 

 

On to the Mississippi for the next event. Excited to get into some brown fish. Should be a good event. 

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Well, I can now say I've caught a 'weighable' bass. Out this morning on Phelps Bay from around 8:30 to 11. First fish was a 1.5# Northern on a white spinnerbait (Willow/Colorado blades). No more bites after that so changed to a Chartreuse spinner and got this 'little one' - 1.25#

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After that it died again and tried everything else I could think of - T-Rig, Swim jig with trailer, DT-4 (finder was showing them at 3'-5' deep), Shallow Shad rap and spent the last half-hour trying to entice them with a Powerbait on a drop-shot. Very slow day on Phelps.

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Had fun today fishing around some clumps of partially submerged grass.  Watched for a couple blades to jiggle when the bigger fish went in there to ambush some food.  Track their location and cast to them with lighter jigs and weedless Plastics... sight fishing above water!

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22 minutes ago, OperationEagle said:

Out this morning and algae was in full bloom.  Dropped the visibility down to near zilch. Made it for a hard day fishin’!

Ya, that was one of my issues yesterday on Phelps. The visibility wasn't down to zero, but I was picking algae off my lures and/or knots 4 casts out of 5.

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On 7/13/2019 at 5:32 PM, FryDog62 said:

Had fun today fishing around some clumps of partially submerged grass.  Watched for a couple blades to jiggle when the bigger fish went in there to ambush some food.  Track their location and cast to them with lighter jigs and weedless Plastics... sight fishing above water!

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That looks like a really fun way to fish! Always cool when you get to have those "call your shot" moments, I bet it's even better when that's the pattern!

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On 7/13/2019 at 6:32 PM, FryDog62 said:

Had fun today fishing around some clumps of partially submerged grass.  Watched for a couple blades to jiggle when the bigger fish went in there to ambush some food.  Track their location and cast to them with lighter jigs and weedless Plastics... sight fishing above water!

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That stuff is called water willow, and it's all over Oneida Lake, and it's pretty fun way to fish.  We use frogs and blind cast into there, and hope to feel the weight of the fish when we hear the strike.  The other way is a heavy pegged bullet and something slender like a fluke or Pit Boss, and pitch at the moving stalks.

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my old eyes can't tell from the pic exactly but looks like the common water reed (invasive) or possibly a native phragmites...from a distance the leaves are very similar and grow tall etc...not 100% minnesota has the american water willow, could be wrong though...

 

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Could be water reed.  I'd fish it the same.  We have that around here too.

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