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2 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Also installing a new LW fill pump. The impeller driven ones just aren't doing the job, so got a self-priming diaphragm pump. Got it mounted, now just have to hook up the electrical and plumbling.

Project complete - and tested

 

Pump can self-prime to 6' deep...so filled a 5-gallon bucket, temp-replaced the screen on the intake with a hose...just about sucked that bucket dry.

 

So 'finally' I have a fully functional live-well.

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I won't even get the boat out this week - Tuesdays are my fishing day, and this week is the guided trip the wife got me for Yule. So the 20th will be the next scheduled day to get the boat out.

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Was out Friday, Saturday and Sunday up North again. Was out about 4 hours each day.  Slower then last week.  Caught around 60 fish for 3 days combined.  Probably 60% LM, 30% SM and 10% pike and rock bass.  Fish seem scattered. Not in the reeds anymore.  Caught most fish near or in what I call cabbage weeds. Spinnerbait and wacky worm accounted for most. Best fish was a 19 inch smallmouth on a dropshot.  Personally I would take a few cloudy days.  I have had almost nothing but sun. 

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Fished Thursday, Friday.  Went to Leech lake Thursday. It was cool and windy to start the day.  Fished Sucker. Bay as it is the closest launch to my campground.  First time I have ever fished it.  Everything looks good which makes it hard.  Caught 33 bass in 6 hours.  Mostly smaller fish. Biggest was 17 inches.  Ended up catching most on docks.   Friday was back to my normal water.  Bass seemed to be more in their summer spots.  Weed lines  and  drop offs near weeds.  None in reeds. Weeds seem way ahead of schedule.  Biggest were 19.5 and 19 inch smallmouth. 18 inch largemouth.  Caught two of the three on a jerk bait and third on a wacky worm.  Steady bite.  Not great but not poor.  Mornings were cool for a change. Finally got to wear a sweatshirt. 

 

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Bassin has been tough in Southern Minnesota.  The weeds are crazy this year and I think it just gives them so many places to hide, they aren’t in their usual places yet.   Most of the weeds will be dying off soon and will position them in usual summer spots.  We are not afraid to get into the weeds, it is just so much and not efficient to fish in.  At first I just thought it was me, but the others I talk to and fish with have the same issues.   

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I caught 15 bass and a pike this morning fishing about 45 minutes north of my house. It was cloudy until about 10:15am and when the sun broke through the bite essentially died. Got them mostly on a neon green spinner bait burned near the surface past clumps of weeds. Water temp was 74 degrees. Most of the fish are clearly post spawn and on the skinny side at the moment.

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3 hours ago, gimruis said:

I caught 15 bass and a pike this morning fishing about 45 minutes north of my house. It was cloudy until about 10:15am and when the sun broke through the bite essentially died. Got them mostly on a neon green spinner bait burned near the surface past clumps of weeds. Water temp was 74 degrees. Most of the fish are clearly post spawn and on the skinny side at the moment.

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That’s a solid day.  I just got back and caught them on a frog most of the day.  Also on a chatterbait and a jig.  Biggest was just over 4 lbs.  love catching on the frog!   The bite is still not what it usually is though.  Tried deeper rock and nothing.  They are just not deep fish on this lake.  Have tried it a couple times and nothing.  Only fished this lake 3 times though.  It just looks so juicy on those deeper rock piles.  

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Today was a shore-fishing morning. 3 yearling bass (about 6"), 1 2-year walleye (about 9") and several 5"-7" bluegill. Creme Tiny Lipless crank (1/10oz) and Rapala UL Shad-04 (1/8oz) were the main getters.

 

Had to show the walleye to another guy on the pier...he'd never seen one before.

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Anyone out Lake Minnetonka way - a new tackle shop just opened. The little strip mall on Shoreline Drive, just before the Seton Channel...by MGM Liquor and Black Channel Brewing.

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Just now, gimruis said:

They sell live bait?

Dunno - haven't been in it yet...but to get there you pass by Spring Park BP which has live bait...

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Caught a bunch of largemouth locally last night.  All of them came on a neko rig in or along the weeds.  Cast it, let it fall, pop it, let it fall.  The line would just go tight.  One of them just happened to be the biggest largemouth I've caught this season so far.  It was a little on the skinny side, definitely a post spawn female.  Water temp was 79 degrees.

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On 7/7/2023 at 7:39 AM, gimruis said:

Caught a bunch of largemouth locally last night.  All of them came on a neko rig in or along the weeds.  Cast it, let it fall, pop it, let it fall.  The line would just go tight.  One of them just happened to be the biggest largemouth I've caught this season so far.  It was a little on the skinny side, definitely a post spawn female.  Water temp was 79 degrees.

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Nice catch!!   Our weeds are finally dying off a little bit.   This should position the fish more on docks and other cover/structure.  So far this year, offshore has been the best bite for me. Went out for 3 hours the other night on a lake that gets so choked it is ridiculous, and with the weeds mostly gone, I was able to get a 23 lb. 5 bass limit of largemouth.  By far my best day of the season.  I have struggle this year so far.  So this was a confidence boost.   

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8 hours ago, Fishin Dad said:

This should position the fish more on docks and other cover/structure.

The dock bite was pretty good this morning. I was using a chartreuse colored tube. This is my biggest largemouth of the season so far by weight. The one on Thursday was a 1/4 inch longer but this one was much heavier.

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33 minutes ago, gimruis said:

The dock bite was pretty good this morning. I was using a chartreuse colored tube. This is my biggest largemouth of the season so far by weight. The one on Thursday was a 1/4 inch longer but this one was much heavier.

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Nice fish!!   Man she looks solid and healthy.  

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Caught several bass today on a metro area lake. Was windy as heck! Seems like Minnesota gets windier by the year even pretty sure there is data that supports that sadly. All my fish were around 7-10 feet isolated grass pitching various Texas rigs I had packs of…. At least five different creature baits so a specific wasn’t needed. I really wanted a moving bait to work because that would have been easier in my pedal kayak but the fish wanted a slower presentation and didn’t care it was harder for me. Good lesson for me. 

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Made it out on a lake between Detroit Lakes and Itasca State Park. They were biting!   Success came on a crank bait (2-3') over submerged spotty weeds in 10 ft of water and also on a drop shot on the same weeds. 

 

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4 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

 

 

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PIC HEAVY.  I have been out at least 3 times a week the last 4 weeks.  I would say fishing has been steady.  Almost every thing I catch is by weeds.  I always fish in 10 feet of water or less.  Spinner bait, wacky worm or drop-shot has caught almost everything. Have been lucky and caught a few nice big toothy critters.  I carry a Musky Net in case I need it.  I fish alone 90% of the time (except for my dog) so netting is interesting. It is also why all pictures are the same pose.? I have one spot on my console that  phone will stand and  then use the 3 second timer. The last couple trips, weather has been cooler. Numbers down but still a few good ones mixed in.  Quite a few grinder days. 

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Thursday is my normal fishing day now - ya, I think this week it's gonna be a miss

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4 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

I think this week it's gonna be a miss

Me too. I’m fine taking a week off. The fishing is usually very difficult anyways and there’s tons of recreational watercraft. My weather source is showing tues, wed, and thurs as the three worst days. Some relief by next weekend.

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On 7/20/2023 at 11:02 AM, nosdog2 said:

Made it out on a lake between Detroit Lakes and Itasca State Park. They were biting!   Success came on a crank bait (2-3') over submerged spotty weeds in 10 ft of water and also on a drop shot on the same weeds. 

 

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On 7/21/2023 at 12:47 PM, Tlauz said:

PIC HEAVY.  I have been out at least 3 times a week the last 4 weeks.  I would say fishing has been steady.  Almost every thing I catch is by weeds.  I always fish in 10 feet of water or less.  Spinner bait, wacky worm or drop-shot has caught almost everything. Have been lucky and caught a few nice big toothy critters.  I carry a Musky Net in case I need it.  I fish alone 90% of the time (except for my dog) so netting is interesting. It is also why all pictures are the same pose.? I have one spot on my console that  phone will stand and  then use the 3 second timer. The last couple trips, weather has been cooler. Numbers down but still a few good ones mixed in.  Quite a few grinder days. 

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I am jealous of the northern Minnesota fish boys!!   I just love it up there.  Southern MN is usually solid for largemouth, but it has been a struggle most days this year.  I really think there was some winter kill in a lot of our lakes this winter.  Tournament data would suggest I am correct.  It has just been tough to catch big limits this season.  Shallow water and a lot of snow might have done it.  I hope they rebound fast.   Glad the North Country is solid.  

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