Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fishers of Men Club Twin Cities Fall Outing 2009

My 1st Bass on Three Island Lake.

I fished all 3 days (Thur-Sat) out of the GEM pontoon with Dave Lindmark and Mike Thompson.

Day 1 Thursday Sept 24th-
I met Dave Lindmark and Mike Thompson at Lutherdell Bible Camp around 1PM. We got our stuff put in the cabin and then Dave wanted to take a nap, so I picked out a couple of rods and went to fish off the camp docks. At the last of the 3 docks, usually the best spot, I made a cast between the dock and a pontoon boat with a smoke tube and was rewarded with a 15 inch largemouth. I headed back up to the cabin pretty much as Dave was getting ready to roll. We took on a Teen Challenge graduate named Aaron, and two Fishers of Men Club boats were going to follow us. Dave had decided to go to Three Island Lake because it is close and we would be coming back for supper at 6PM. Three Island had been a good bass and pike lake for GEM this summer. It turned out to be kind of a bust for us under the sunny and calm conditions. We caught a few really small bass and a few small pike. Mike and I lamented the fact that we were going in for supper and wouldn't be on Mule Lake for the prime time evening bite.

Day 2 Friday Sept. 25th-
Since the Minnesota Teen Challenge group brought their own boats I wasn't needed for taking guys out in the camp pontoons, so I ended up in the GEM pontoon with Dave, Mike, and a Teen Challenge guy named Dave. The Day 1 Tournament allowed for the length of my best pike, bass (largie or smallie), walleye, and muskie combined. We picked Mule lake not so much for the tournament as for the opportunity to catch the largies and smallies in this bass catch and release only lake. Mule has clear water and conditions were sunny, then partly cloudy until about 3:30PM when it looked like it might rain but it never did.

We started off fishing on the South End of the lake by a downed tree. I tossed my smoke tube by the tree and missed a bite. Teen Challenge Dave cast his tube into one of the branches and we broke him off. I tied him another tube and when I casted back at the tree I got the first fish of the day, which was a rock bass. Mike Thompson worked us out onto the weed flat going East. I picked up a couple of small pike on a black spinnerbait while the other guys caught some bass on plastics. Eventually I switched up to a black/blue Strike King Pure Poison chatterjig and landed my first bass (1st picture) and this healthy 16+ incher.

A little later on I caught a 23 inch Pike on the Pure Poison.

Eventually we stopped working the SE corner of the lake because it was sunny and calm. We headed towards the access to work the West side of the lake which had some wind blowing on it. As we worked this shoreline Dave Lindmark got the only two smallmouth we would catch. I did see one nice smallmouth follow in a largie that Mike had hooked. As we worked this shore it was kind of slow but one of us would pull a fish every 10 minutes or so. Action picked up some as we got to the North end of the lake when I popped a couple and missed one on a smoke tube, while Mike got one, and Dave caught then lost one. It had clouded up at this point so the fish were probably turning on a little bit.

After another lull Mike hastily worked us towards the North Narrows Southern Point trying to get us there before the sun would pop out again. Mike got a quality hit on his popper and I threw in behind him with my smoke tube. I was reeling in quickly to make another cast when a bass swirled on the tube and missed. I let the tube sink and it was inhaled by this 17incher.

Mike thought we were going to get into a flurry but I think those were the only two fish we pulled off the Southern Point. As we were working that point the wind came up quite a bit from what it had been out of the East. As we worked our way to the North Narrows North Point I got a 16" largie that hit the tube on the drop. As we worked our way into the wind along the North point I switched up to a white/chartreuse gold bladed Strike King Pure Poison chatterjig and I immediately nailed a couple of small pike and then had a quality 28 inch class pike get hooked up and take a run but before I could get it in it pulled off. I was super disappointed because that was a money fish. I got a couple of largies on the Pure Poison, including a 15", and then the lure got bit off. It was the only white/chart gold blade that I had and my efforts to replace it were in vain as I stopped catching fish while the Dave's and Mike managed to get a few and miss a few. We worked all the North end points and went back to the North Narrows Southern Point one more time and then it was time to head in.

I had 40 inches which was 4th best for the day, but got me 3rd place in the money pool. Had I got the big pike I missed I would have been 2nd.

Day 3 Saturday Sept. 26th-
Day 3 was FallEE WallEE Trophy Day where the top 3 for the days tournament would get to put their name on the back of the plaque/trophy. The tournament would be decided by the length of one's 3 biggest bass and 3 biggest pike which is the same way things were decided last year when I got 1st Place. Because of tournament parameters the smart move was to hit Townline Lake because it has decent sized bass and an excellent average size for pike including many 30 inch class fish. Townline was where I won it last year. Today I would just be fishing with Dave Lindmark and Mike. It was fairly breezy all day out of the SW with clouds early giving way to warm sunshine in the afternoon.

I started off fishing a silver buzzbait and was rewarded with some solid pike from 24 to 26 inches. Mike Thompson started catching bass on the inside weedline with tubes, so with 3 nice pike under my belt I switched up to that. Mike was out fishing me on the bass but I managed to pick up 2 on a junebug Powerbait tube texas rigged on a jig. We got to some slop and I lost a bass on a Horny Toad but soon after that picked up my 3rd keeper bass on the Toad. Fish were in the slop but we didn't do a very good job of catching them. It's hard to say if they were mostly bass or pike. The sun came out and we decided to head back to where we started. Lindmark still didn't have a fish at this point and it was after noon. Mike and I started off working the inside weedline again and we both managed to upgrade our bass but Mike had the edge with bass while I had the bigger pike. Eventually it seemed we had run the best bass water so we headed out and tried for pike. Mike slowly started to upgrade his pike and Dave eventually got a few fish. I struggled to get bit and switched lures, eventually getting bit on a white with silver blades Terminator Spinnerbait, but after catching a couple of fish it got bit off and once again I struggled to get bit. Eventually we worked our way to the NE end of the lake where there is an abandoned beaver dam that can hold some nice bass and unfortunatley for me it was Mike who pulled a 17incher out from under the pads. I got an 18incher from the same spot the previous year.

Next we went to work the weeds off of one of the points on the North End of the Lake. We pulled a couple of pike and were working our way across the flat when I had a bruiser of a pike come out of the water while missing my spinnerbait, the fish followed to the boat before darting away. Mike Thompson threw after it and it struck at his spinnerbait and missed. Mike did a figure 8 at the boat and hooked up with the 29" inch fish which would win him his 1st FallEE WallEE title.

As time was closing in I had the brite idea to put on a Mann's Minus One crankbait and I upgraded a half inch and got a couple of other nice pike. I was kicking myself for not thinking of this lure sooner.

For the Day I got 3rd Place behind Mike who beat Lowell Borgan by a half inch. Lowell also had a 29" Pike, unbelievably from Mule Lake. However Mike forgot to get in the money pool, so I got the 2nd Place money.

So FallEE WallEE for 2009 is:
#1 Mike Thompson
#2 Lowell Borgan
#3 Dave Maas

Note: Lowell and I are both on FallEE 4 times and both during the exact same years (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Again: Miss with Pete and Greg.

Thursday July 31st

As discussed we were able to get out on the Mississippi again with Greg Jones of Mid-
West Outdoors TV & Magazine. Originally we were going to meet him at 6PM but that got kicked back to after 7PM. On this night we would launch by Royalton which is a pretty good distance up river from where we launched on Monday. I ended up recognizing this stretch of the river from fishing it last year.

We started out drifting right from the launch on the East side of the river and I was throwing my white/chart Spinnerbait. It didn't take long and Gregg was hooked up on a Smithwick Devils Horse topwater. Greg got another fish and so I switched up to a purple Berkley Frenzy Popper. The popper didn't produce any fish and Greg got another couple on the Devil's Horse, so when we ended our drift and headed up river I asked Greg if he had a Rapala Skitter Prop and he did in kind of a lime green color and he put a feathered Mustad Triple Grip on the back.

We ran up a little ways close to where we started on last year. It was not long into the next drift when I had a good strike on the Skitter Prop. I was hooked up until the fish jumped and sent the lure flying back right at us and into the boat just missing me and Pete. A little farther down river I had a hit and miss, hit and miss, hit and miss, but the 4th time was the charm and I landed this nice smallie.

On one cast the Skitter Prop was just annihilated by this smallmouth, it was awesome:

As we were rolling down river Pete and Greg got into an argument about where Pete should be making his casts. Greg made a suggestion and Pete was having none of it. While they were sniping at one another Pete landed an 18 inch smallie which was the big one of the night. Pete also caught a 22+ inch pike that he insisted go in the livewell over my and Greg's protests.

The fishing wasn't fast but we were getting bit and the average size was a quality fish around 15.5 inches. As it got dark I put on a bullfrog Frenzy Popper and we got in a hot stretch of water and I pulled my last to fish of the night. It was dark enough that I really couldn't see the bite, I would just hear and feel it.

For the night I had 7 to 9 fish caught total which isn't bad for about an hour and a half of fishing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mississippi with Pete and Greg Jones of Mid-West Outdoors

Last year, almost a year to the day, I went fishing with Pete and Greg on the Mississippi River. I was lucky enough to get to do this again this year yesterday on July 27th and we might go out again on Thursday. Once again this year Greg is getting ready to fish a tournament and is trying to get a feel for the water. We have been getting a lot of rain recently and just as I expected the river was up and a more murky than last year. We were on the water around 6:45PM and the wind was blowing pretty good. We didn't run nearly as far up river as we did last year most likely due to our limited time before dark. We started fishing the West shore.

Since we were 3 to the boat I only brought 2 rods. I started out trying a clown Spro Bronzeye Frog. I had put a rattle in the bait that weighed a little to much and the frog would sink quickly if I didn't keep it coming in pretty steady. In 15 minutes I had maybe one hit and so I switched up to a 1/4oz Chart/White Strike King Spinnerbait with Chart. blades. Nobody had caught anything when I switched baits but Greg did have a blow up on his buzzbait. I put the first fish in the boat, a 9inch Pike. Greg and I spotted a nice 18+ inch Smallie but we couldn't get it to go. I had a good hit but it didn't hook up and towards the end of our drift I caught the first Smallie which was about a 10 inch fish.

We went back up the river and this time drifted down the East shore. It wasn't long into the drift when I tied into a 16.75" Smallie which was the big fish of the night. I didn't get a picture of this fish because the camera batteries went dead. When I was messing around with the camera Pete lost a big smallmouth on the way in. We caught several fish as we entered a shoot that went by some islands. If the water wasn't up it would have been to shallow to take this route and we did get hung up once as it was. We didn't have any luck in the shoot or behind the Islands.

It was after 8PM and we made a longer run up river to a spot just behind some islands. A huge eagle flew out of a tree almost right above us as we were moving in behind an Island. Greg had a fish miss his buzzbait and I cast around the same area with a bullfrog colored Berkley Frenzy Popper and was rewarded with a high leaping hard fighting 16.5 inch smallie. I didn't get a picture of this fish because it was bleeding pretty good and I wanted to get it back in the water ASAP. I fished the popper the rest of the night and caught several more smallies. The popper was the most productive lure in the boat, although Pete had quite a few missed fish on an in-line spinner. The fish stopped hitting about the time the mosquito's started coming out which was actually later than you would think. I ended up with 8 to 10 smallies total which was best out of the 3 of us.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bagged Some Today

I had to pick up rods from the boat house at Platte Lake because I will be pre-fishing Lake Ida on Wednesday. I decided since I would be at the lake I would fish. I started at Jenny's right around 8PM with a white Spro Bronzeye Frog. I had a strike that didn't get the frog as I was coming up to a clump of rice. When I got on the other side of the rice a fish whacked it, but I didn't hook up. On to the lake place.

I decided I would start from shore casting along the dock with a parrot Outkast Swim Jig with 4" cool ice Action Plastics grub trailer. I hooked up on about the 2nd cast with this 12 incher.

Once I was done with the swim jig I switched to the Spro Frog. As I was fan casting I had something slap at the frog. I reeled in and cast back to the spot a few times and was eventually rewarded with this fish.
I think it was 14inches. I had another good blow up off the dock but didn't hook up and I couldn't get it to strike again.

Eventually I went over to Jim's dock and caught an 11 incher on the swim jig.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saved By a Bullhead.

I thought I was going to have a triple Skunk on my hands until this little jumpin bullhead pulled down the Spro Frog right next to shore and came back with the hook set. I caught it on the SE side of the GOMH.

It would have been a triple skunk because of my luck at Eddy's. Last night I left my the little tackle boxes with my hooks and beads on the boat and due to some bad luck they ended up going home with somebody else. So not getting my stuff back was the 1st skunk. The 2nd Skunk was not catching anything when I went fishing off Eddy's Jetty.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Eddy's Launch with Dad

Tonight Dad and I went on our first launch trip of the year out of Eddy's Resort on the West side of Mille Lacs Lake. This time we got to fish out of the Flagship which is Eddy's biggest boat. On the night all 5 launches were in operation.

The day had been hot with thunderstorms that passed to the north cooling things down. By the time we were out at 6PM it was partly cloudy and in the mid 80's with a light South breeze. The Launch headed South of Rocky Reef in about 22 feet of water. A lady in the back of the boat with us caught a little walleye immediately. I was the first between Dad and I to get on the board with a nice jumbo perch that I gave away to a lady who wanted it. This woman's name was Oksana and she is a Russian immigrant who was out fishing with her son. Dad and I talked with her a lot and learned she was a massage therapist which will come into play a little later.

Dad got on the board with a little walleye.
The picture makes the fish look much bigger than it actually was. It was too small to keep dispite Oksana's protests. She was of the opinion that no fish was to small because she is used to catching and keeping little bullheads down in extreme Southern Minnesota where she lives.

The boat was catching lots of little fish at the 1st stop, so we moved around 8PM when a little thunderstorm came up and sprinkled and rumbled a little. The storm wasn't nearly enough to force us off the water. Right away in the new location a guy in the front of the boat caught a 25 inch protected slot fish. Pretty soon a few keepers and more overs were comming aboard. My bobber went down and I hooked into this 17 inch keeper.
I gave the fish to Oksana and she was so grateful she gave me a 20 minute back rub. By the end of the night Dad got a back rub too. Dad caught another small walleye and I caught a small perch. Oksana caught a couple of little walleyes that went back and her son missed several bites. A lot of fish were caught on the launch and I think there were around 9 keeper walleyes and 6 overs and maybe close to 2 dozen cigars and a handful of perch. It was a fun time.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Quality and Runts

Originally I wasn't going to fish today, but it was so nice out I decided to hit the lake after it cooled down a little bit. It got to 86 and was partly cloudy, so the sun was out all day and I thought I might get into some good dock fishing. I wanted to hit the lake at 6PM but I was held up re-organizing my tackle from the tournament bag to the boat. While I was doing that the UPS man showed up with my order from Action Plastics. I finally got my gear together around 6:30PM and I headed for the lake place.

I got the gear in the boat and decided to put one of my new Action Plastics on a parrot Outkast Swim Jig and throw a few casts. The grub I put on was a 5" "cool ice" Mag Grub. "Cool Ice" is a clear blueish grub with multi colored tinsel strips embedded in the plastic. On the very first cast this 16 incher blew up on the jig.

I threw a few more casts off the dock, loaded up the rest of my gear and headed across the bay to the docks I fished 8 days ago. I actually started a little farther to the West so I would hit more docks. There was a little bit of wind blowing on this shoreline but I still had reasonable control when skipping a Zoom Super Fluke. On about the 4th dock I pulled 2 bass that went 10.75" on a bubblegum Super Fluke. As I worked my way onto last weeks productive docks, pads, and weeds I noticed a distinct lack of fish activity. 8 days ago I was seeing plenty of sunfish and even a bass or two in addition to catching fish. I didn't get any bites on the pads or weeds. I finally got down to a dock that has been very good to me and I made a good cast and was rewarded with a 16" bass. My bubblegum Fluke disappeared in the fight, so I changed to "electric chicken" which I have mistakenly called "funky chicken." I went back and reworked the previous dock with the Fluke and was rewarded with a 12.75" largie. I then went back and reworked the 16 inchers dock with a black and blue Terminator jig with sapphire Denny Brauer Chunk. I tossed in under the pontoon boat lift and a quality fish picked it up. I was not able to get the fish up and over part of the lift before it got off. This success convinced me to keep hitting docks as I kept going beyond where I stopped 8 days ago. I got 1 more 15.25" bass off a boat lift with the jig.

Around 8PM I was basically out of docks. I threw the Outkast swim jig on the weed flat and caught a little pike. After a few more casts with the jig I tried a Frenzy Popper but couldn't raise anything. Next on my tour was reeds, pads, and rice so I started throwing a Zoom Horny Toad and then a white Spro Bronzeye Frog and not much was happening. I worked my way into the big reed bed in our bay and a fish hit something in the distance so I zeroed in on that spot. Sure enough I was rewarded with a nice bass attacking the frog, but I lost it on the way in. A few casts later I caught a little pike and that was it for the night.

I fished for a little over two and a half hours and caught 6 bass and 2 pike, so it was kind of slow but I am not gonna complain after yesterdays tournament.

Story: Almost forgot. I came across a guy who was fishing off a dock and we started talking. He heard from one of the guys on the Platte Lake Association board that the DNR did some electrofishing this year and the bass numbers were really high. He didn't know anything about size make up, but he goes on to tell me that Platte Lake fish are long and skinny, but I've caught plenty of bass to know the bass are usually either about normal with a few that qualify as super chunks that are heavy for their size.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Pretty Dog better Bass

Once again tonight there was the chance of thunderstorms, but tonight they missed me completely. There was a pretty big looking storm quite away to the North. When I started fishing at 5:30PM it was overcast with a 7mph West wind, but it cleared up around 6:30PM and the wind died to around 3mph.

I decided to start at the reed bed at the South end of the big island where I started yesterday. I wanted to see if the area might have gotten better, but it didn't. My first fish was a pike on the watermelon red Zoom Horny Toad. I only got a single 14 inch bass on the stuff I fished yesterday. Instead of pulling out when I was done fishing the point of the reeds I headed West to fish in the very sparse reeds and also along the South Shore of the Island. I came to a few good looking trees in the water but they were not holding fish. I did however pick up an occasional pike or bass on a black/red Monsoor Swim Jig with black/red fleck Zoom Speed Craw among the very space reeds. One little area gave up several fish including this 22" dogfish.

I fished around the Southwest tip of the big island and a little ways up the West shore without success. The sun had come out now and once again I retraced last nights locations and hit the docks and reeds off the tip of the North Point of Channel Inn bay. I didn't get anything off the docks but got two quality bass out of the reeds on the Horny Toad. I took this one's picture because it was as big as anything I caught last night at 15.5".

Next I headed to the NW corner of the lake where once again I fished last night. I pretty much committed to the Zoom Horny Toad for the rest of the night catching some quality fish in the process. I caught a 15.5" and then I got this 16.5"

As I got to the end of the run of the big reed bed I was fishing I nailed this 17.5" which was big fish of the night.

A couple minutes later I got another 16". There was still some light left so I ran to a point on the North end of the lake. This move turned out to be a disappointment because I caught 1 small bass, missed a little pike that I didn't want to catch anyway and I missed either a dogfish or a big bass right by the boat; I am pretty sure it was a dogfish. When it was clear this area would not pan out there was still enough light left to hit the other point and so I did that but all I did was miss 3 or 4 bites which very well all might have been pike. I finished around 9:40.

So in 4 hours fished I caught 16 bass, 8 pike, and 1 dogfish. Last night I fished an hour longer had 1 less bass and the size of my best 6 were quite a bit smaller, so tonight was the better night.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Smallish Fish

Today was cloudy and humid with temps in the high 70's with little wind to no wind. The big question when I went out fishing tonight was how long I could stay out before a thunderstorm chased me off the lake. While I was out a thunderstorm passed to the South around 6PM and then the storms held off until around 9:30PM which is quitting time anyway pretty much. I beat the start of a thunderstorm to the dock by about 5 minutes. If you ask me, I would consider tonights fishing conditions to be about perfect which leaves me a little disappoined in my results.

I was fishing a little before 4:30PM and my first stop was the reed bed off the Southern tip of the big Island. It didn't take long and I had a hit on watermelon red Zoom Horny Toad. I got a good hookset but the plastic on the frog kind of got hung up on the hook and the fish got off. I was not happy. A little while later I broke the ice with this 13" on the Toad.

A few minutes later I was fishing with a black with Chartreuse nose River2Sea Bully Wa and the biggest fish of the night inhaled it.

It's sad to say, but the night's big fish was only 15.25. I worked this reed bed for about an hour and a half and only got 4 or 5 bass and maybe 1 pike.

Next I decided to head West as it looked like the closet thunderstorm was going to pass to the South. I worked around the North side of the small island with various jigs and a the Horny Toad and only caught 1 small pike. After that I headed to some docks and the reeds off the North Point of Channel Inn Bay. I picked a couple of 12inch bass off the docks on a Strike King Z-Too and then it was into the reeds. I had a really good bite from what I believe was a big bass on the Horny Toad but I didn't muscle the fish like I should have and it buried itself in the reeds and got off. I think I caught 1 or 2 small bass from the reeds and had several strikes from small pike. Once it was clear the reeds were not going to be very productive I worked the rice on the NW shore of Channel Inn bay. I don't think I even had a hit in the Rice.

It was now after 7PM and I needed to make a move. I decided on hitting the NW corner of the lake where there is a mix of reeds, rice, and some pads. It wasn't that bad of a choice as I had my best action of the night getting 8 or 9 bass and a couple of pike with several more strikes. I pretty much went with the Horny Toad and Bully Wa to get these fish.

In 5 hours of fishing I got 15 bass and 4 pike, but I had at least 10 more strikes from what I am sure where little pike.
Bass in order caught: 13,15.25,13.5,13,12.5,12,12.75,13.75,13,13.25,15,14,13.75,12,11.5

Story: I almost forgot. I had a little bass take the Bully Wa frog. Before I set the hook sometimes I feel to make sure the fish is there and I was doing that when this 11 inch bass shoots about 3 feet into the air and spits the Bully Wa up another couple of feet. It was quite remarkable.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Slow 2 Hours

I helped Dad with some stuff and went to the Chiropractor and had dinner in Pierz so I wasn't fishing until 7:30PM tonight. Since I only had a couple of hours I elected to stay close to the lake place. I basically started in the SE corner of our bay and worked myself a little less than 3/4ths of the way back. It was overcast when I started but the sun came out around 8:30 before it disappeared below the trees around 9. I fished a couple of docks, reeds, rice, and some pads.
My first fish was this 14.25" bass that took a white Strike King Z-Too (Fluke) in a clearing near rice, reeds, and pads. My next fish was a little pike out of the reeds on the Z-Too. I got a 12" bass shallow off a dock on the Z-Too. Then I got another pike in some reeds on the parrot Outkast Swim Jig with electric blue 5" Action Plastics Super Mag Grub.

For most of the rest of the night I was in thicker rice and I struggled a bit missing my two best bites of the night. I landed an 11 and 14.25 bass on a black with chartreuse nose River2Sea Bully Wa frog and that was it. I quit around 9:30 and got in before it got to dark and the bugs got bad.

So in 2 hours I got 4 bass and 2 pike, kinda slow.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Big Dog & More

It was cloudy all day with rain in the morning and winds out of the South Southeast 5-10mph. The forecast for the evenings fishing was more of the same with possible showers. I started fishing around 5:30PM. My first stop was at what is probably the largest reed bed still remaining on Platte Lake, it is on the NE side of the big center bay on Platte. I have fished here on parts or all of it a few times this year with marginal success. The Plan was to start on the South end and let the wind blow me to the North End using the trolling motor to get to spots as needed.

The first fish of the night was a pike that fell for a black/red Monsoor Swim Jig with black red fleck Zoom Speed Craw trailer. My first bass was this 12 incher that took a Bully Wa frog.

Other than this fish, the surface bite was a non-factor tonight. I worked the reed bed for a good hour and a half and only had 5 small bass and 4 small pike to show for it. I did also miss my best bites when fish buried me in the reeds. I didn't figure out how to fight fish in the reeds until later on in the evening.

Around 7:15 it was decision time. I weighed some of my options and decided on trying the NW corner of the lake in spite of the problems the wind might cause me if it started blowing any harder. As I started getting close to where I wanted to start much to my dismay there was a boat there fishing already. I punted and headed to the North central part of the lake where I had some success the one time I tried it this year. The area has a maidencane bed and reeds off the side of a point and if you go to the farthest point North on the lake you run into rice and some pads. I was working my way through the maidencane casting and pitching the black/red Monsoor Swim Jig when I had a hit and it was a big ole dogfish.

She measured 28.5 inches. The gold thing in the picture is the handle for my net. Unfortunately for me the Annual Minnesota Bowfin Club Tournament ended yesterday.

I started getting bit in the reeds on the back side of the maidencane but I kept losing fish when they would bury me in the reeds. My big problem was that I was trying to power the fish with a rod that just isn't quite heavy enough to do that. Eventually I figured out that if I finessed the fish a little bit using a little give and take I could usually keep them hooked and get them to the boat. I also started catching bigger fish.

The picture of this 15.75" gives a good feel for the look of the area I was fishing. I believe this fish fell for the black/red Monsoor Jig, but what I really started having success on was a parrot Outkast Swim Jig teamed with an Action Plastics electric blue 5" Super Mag Grub. I am really impressed with the Action Plastics grub as a swim jig trailer and the great thing about them is you can buy them in bulk for a decent price. I discovered the grubs pretty much by accident when I stopped in to the Thorne Brothers Outpost and the grubs were the only thing in the store that interested me.

Here is the parrot Outkast Swim Jig:

I believe I caught this next 16.5" bass on a white and silver tinsel Brovarney Swim Jig with a black and white Action 5" Super Mag grub.

It was getting dark and I had a hit right next to the boat and it turned out to be the biggest bass I have caught out of Platte/Sullivan this year. She was only 18.25 but weighed out at 4.10lbs, so she was a gorilla. I used to catch bass like this on Platte/Sullivan on a regular basis, but it seems like they have become a scarce commodity in the last couple of years. Here she is:

I caught one more good fish then called it a night around 9:30.

I caught at least 15 bass (7 of which were over 15") and 6 or 7 small pike.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Nothing Special

Due to a trip into Brainerd I wasn't on the lake fishing until about 7:30PM. It was over cast with little wind. I elected to start my fishing on Loon Sex Point where I was going to fish last night but a boat was on my starting point, so I didn't go. The place I start is at the last dock before it turns to weeds as the point goes on to the East. From that dock on to the end of the point there is a mix of reeds, wild rice, and a few places with pads. From the dock to the end of the rice on the point is a distance of at least 60 to 70 yards.

I got this 1st 16" bass about 15 feet to the East of the dock in some shallow reeds and rice with pads in the vicinity on a watermelon red Zoom Horny Toad. A very good way to start the night. On my way East I saw several abandoned bass beds and I got a couple of minor strikes that didn't hook up. I was mostly throwing a white Cabela's Chuck-It frog, but decided with the overcast conditions a dark frog would be better so I switched to a black with chartreuse nose River2Sea Bully Wa. When I got to where the land ends I got a couple of strikes that I missed, then had this 16 incher just wolf down the Bully Wa as you can see.

I missed a few more hits in the weeds off the end of the point, a couple didn't really take the frog and I did a poor job of setting the hook on a couple. When I got to the end of the rice and pads on the point I started throwing the Horny Toad towards the scattered rice in the bay and I had a ferocious strike but somehow I didn't hook up. I think it was a big pike. I caught a 12" bass on the Horny Toad in the Rice.

It was coming up on 9PM and I decided to head out to the reed point that comes off the South end of the big island. I missed a weak bite and a solid bite that I should have caught off the tip of the reeds. I worked my way North towards the island and booted several good opportunities and I caught a 13" and 14" bass on the Horny Toad. It got to be that time and I headed in.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tonight's Platte Lake Report: Docks, Maidencane, North

Today was a beautiful day, it was in the mid 70's, sunny, and little wind in the evening. I started fishing around a quarter to 5PM. With the weather being what it was I figured docks might be good, so the plan was to start by hitting a few select docks just across the bay from our lake place.

Last year I bought some Strike King 3X Z Too's which are basically a "super plastic" Super Fluke but I never tried them out, well tonight was going to be their night. One problem, the one I put on wouldn't sink with a regular Gamagatsu 4/0 Wide Gap hook. Not happy I immediately switched to a "funky chicken" Zoom Super Fluke (bubblegum top & chartreuse belly, with a red tail). I didn't catch anything on the first couple of docks, but I was seeing sunfish activity.
I think I got this first bass (14") casting out to a couple of isolated lily pads. On the next dock down I pulled 4 bass and missed one from under a boat lift and dock. As I worked my way down the shore I seemed to have more luck in the pads and weeds out away from the docks, but at the 2nd to last dock I fished I pulled a nice 15.75" out from under a jet ski lift. I continued down the shore fishing the weeds pads and one last dock, getting a few in the 11-14" range. Also during this whole time I missed a few good bites. As I was coming to the end of the stretch of water I was going to fish there is a little group of isolated pads. I pulled 3 bass off those pads and missed a couple of other bites.

I think it was now after 7PM and it was decision time, where to head next? I was going to hit up the point at Loon Sex bay but there was a boat where I wanted to start so I audibled to go across from the Platte Lake Public access where there is maidencane, wild rice, pads, reeds, and cattails. I started out at the end of the West side of the maidencane and worked my way towards shore where the cattails are. I was using a watermelon red Zoom Horny Toad to cover water. I didn't contact fish right away and the first bite stole the buzz legs from the Toad. My first bass was a solid 15+ that smoked it. Unfortunately that was it for the quality I would catch. As I worked my way towards shore I got bass on the Horny Toad and a white/Chart Nose River2Sea Bully Wa slop frog. Unfortunately this area was holding pike and I lost Horny Toad buzz legs a couple of times and the Bully Wa frog went bye bye as well but I did boat some bass. I replaced the Bully Wa with a white Cabela's brand Chuck-It frog and when they named it the Chuck-It they weren't kidding, you can throw it a mile.

Around 8:40PM it was decision time again and I elected to head to the North end of the lake. As I was working my way out of the reeds I got a solid 24" pike on the Horny Toad. Off to the North End where I caught the biggest bass I've gotten out of Platte Lake. The area is the tip of a point where maidencane and reeds with some rice jut out into the lake. The better water tends to be when you get closer to shore after the maidencane ends. I missed the first couple of strikes and lost the buzz on a Horny Toad. I proceeded to miss several opportunities on the Toad and Chuck-It frog, but I did land about 4 bass including the nights best at 17."

(Here is the 17" with Chuck-It) It's amazing how after catching so many 11-14" fish that a 17" seems like a 19".

It was getting dark and the mosquito's started to come out so I called it a night around 9:30PM or so. My official count was 25 bass though I might have caught a few more than that and I think I also caught 4 pike.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

After Storm GOMH and 1 at Jenny's.

Originally I was going to take the boat out fishing, but when I got my tackle together around 5PM a big thunderstorm moved in over Platte/Sullivan. Not knowing how long storms and rain might stick around. I decided to go and hit up the Grumpy Old Man Hole. When I arrived the rain had stopped and there was a 10mph North wind and the current was ripping into Lake Sullivan. I fished the NE side (Platte) and started out throwing a gold/white/purple Outkast Swim Jig with a 5" gold glitter grub.

Right away I missed a pretty good sized jumpin bullhead that I saw take the bait but it just didn't hook up. I started throwing over the rice and pads and would get hits
periodically. It seemed like I would miss them most of the time, but occasionally I would hook up and reel in a 11-14" bullhead. The wind pretty much quit and it started raining for 20 minutes then it was cloudy for about an hour before clearing. I caught a single toothy bullhead and went through a total of 3 of the gold grubs which are not a cheap grub. Eventually the sun came out and I started throwing a war torn white Spro Kermit. I ended up missing 3 good bites and the last one rendered the Mend It bandanged frog un-useable. I am going to retire that frog. I started to throw the Swim Jig again and lost a brand new grub tail without catching a single fish with it. Next I started to throw a River2Sea Bully Wa frog and missed a couple of bites with that. I gave the SE side a quick try but didn't get any hits. Around 8:20 or so I left for Jenny's.

At Jenny's I caught a single 12 inch bass and missed a few other bites on the Bully Wa frog.

Friday, June 12, 2009

South Long, Mille Lacs, & GOMH

(My boater Dwight with a 4lber)

I'm going to try not to say to much in this pre-fish report because we had what would seem to be a pretty successful pre-fish. Had today been tournament day, my boater Dwight probably would have won things going away and I had enough bites to keep me interested even though the fish I caught were not huge, but they weren't Cedar Lake like short fish or barely keepers either. I also pre-fished a lot of the time in such a way that I wasn't going to hook the highest percentage of fish that bit.

I arrived at the lake a little before 2PM and club member Herman who I fished with at Farm Island lake last year was just pulling his boat out. I don't think he caught a fish and he said he only had two bites. He seemed to be a little disgusted with the amount of slimy green moss in the lake. About 10 minutes after Herman left, Dwight showed up and we were on the water by 2:20PM. There was at least 1 other club guy out pre-fishing today.

We did fish some good looking water and didn't get bit like we would have liked, but we found plenty of good looking water that was holding fish. One surprise is that we didn't really seem to run into lots of little northern pike, which was nice. I was hoping to tangle with a few nice dogfish but none of them made an appearance.

The way things are shaping up I think I am going to really like fishing this lake. South Long has a lot of water that is tailor made for fishing Zoom Horny Toads, slop frogs, and lighter swim jigs and I am all about that. Hopefully the weather and fish will cooperate with our primary game plan.

Mille Lacs: I arrived at Eddy's after 7PM and got totally skunked, not even a bite even though conditions seemed to be good.

GOMH: I finished out the evening slopping the GOMH with a brown Snagproof Bobby's Perfect Frog. I caught 3 jumpin bullheads and had 4-5 more bites by fish that didn't want the frog that badly, probably smaller fish. The biggest bullhead I caught, a 2lber, annihilated the frog. I got all my fish on the NE side.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A little Mille Lac-tion

I forgot to bring the camera, so I just took a picture of the lures that caught fish when I got back

I arrived at Eddy's a little after 7PM and kind of went through what has become a routine. First I threw the char/white Strike King spinnerbait. I had a fish bump it and not get hooked up, then I caught a 12 inch smallie on it a few casts later. Next I put on a Rapala Subwalk and that got me a 16-17 inch fish that got off at my feet. The last fish of the night took the Berkley Frenzy jerkbait and was 14 inches.

I did try the Cememtery Jetty but didn't get any hits. I went back to Eddy's after 9PM and didn't get any hits.

I stayed to watch 5 Eddy's launches come back. They had 3,3,2,2, and 1 keeper walleyes on the Launches.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Around 8PM I headed to the GOMH for some bullhead action. When I arrived I had a fairly close encounter with a small deer to the west of the bridge. I walked towards it hoping it would spook and go into the woods, but it didn't. Eventually it did get off the shoulder and head for the trees. Right away I noticed that they had been doing some work at the bridge. They added a bunch of rip rap along the concrete on all four sides of the bridge, basically making it much more treacherous to reach the waters edge. I don't like the change. Almost right away I got my only fish on a gold DM Custom Baits Piranha. As you can see in the pic, it's a toothy bullhead. I thought I had a dogfish on by the way it fought, doing spins.

I worked a swim jig and flippen jig without luck and had 1 hit on the Rojas Spro Popping Frog but the fish only took it down by the legs.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Didn't Get Skunked

A nasty cold front came through and afternoon temps up here didn't even reach 50 degrees. Add to that cloudy skies, a 10mph SE wind, and a little rain and it made for a yucky day. I elected not to try and take the boat out, so I hit the GOMH and the Eddy's Jetty on Mille Lacs. You can see my only fish in the picture. I had one other strike on the Spro Rojas Popping frog but it didn't suck the frog in.

Mille Lacs was a waste because the wind was just to much. Had I had a slip bobber set up and some leeches I might have been able to catch walleyes.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Mille Lacs and GOMH Short

Today I went and picked up the Trophy's boat trailer from Prince's Marine where the bunks got fixed. I figured I would hit Mille Lacs on the way back home. I arrived at Eddy's after 5PM and the lot was almost completely filled with boat trailers. I wonder if there is a big walleye tournament going on this weekend? I was lucky to find a good place to park with my trailer and so I headed to the South Jetty. The wind was blowing in out of the NE at about 8 MPH so there was a pretty good chop coming in and casting distance would suffer. Still I managed a single 17.25 inch smallie on the Rapala Subwalk in the pictures.

I also snagged a little perch on a Frenzy jerkbait.

Conditions were not ideal and I noticed more boats launching and I didn't want to take somebody who paid to launches parking place, so I called it a day.

Around 7:30PM I headed out to the GOMH to try for some bullheads. I started on the NE side (Platte) and immediately tied into a couple of jumpin bullheads on a watermelon/chart Brovarney Swim Jig with watermelon Zoom Speed Craw trailer. I think I landed a 3rd jumper on my hot Mille Lacs smallmouth spinnerbait which is a 3/16oz white/chart Strike King spinnerbait with chart willow blades. I then switched to a pumpkin& pepper green Terminator Jig and brought in this 18 incher.
I got another smaller bullhead on the Terminator. Eventually I switched to the SE side and watched a nice golden bullhead get brought in by one of Grumpy Old Man Lee Anders grand kids. I got a few jumpin bullheads on the SE side, including a 12-13" on a Spro Rojas Popping Frog. I took the Popping Frog to the NE side and had a few swirls and caught a 14" bullhead and I think I also had a shot at a dogfish but didn't hook up. I got cold and left around 9PM. I landed a total of 9 jumpin bullheads.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Some Mille Laction

Today I had to pick up some meds in Onamia, so I made it a shore fishing trip to Mille Lacs. Conditions were Sunny with a light breeze blowing in out of the SE. I started on the South Eddy's Jetti and it didn't take long before I was tangling with an 18 inch smallie. On the very next cast I got a 17 incher. I moved just a little bit farther North and hooked into a 16" smallie. I got all 3 of these fish on a 3/16oz white/chart Strike King spinnerbait with chart blades. I tried a few different things and had some hits but no hook ups. I then got a 13.5" smallie on a Lucky Craft Pointer 100. Things got quite so I went and gave the North Jetty a try but I didn't even get bit there, so I went back to the South Jetty. I lost a fish on a brown Berkley Frenzy Jerkbait, then I picked up a 16 inch Smallie on it. I cycled through a few baits and had another 16 inch class smallie get off my clown X-Rap as I tried to bring it closer to shore. By this time it was after 7PM, so I headed off to the Cemetery Jetty.

I was fishing off the old boat launch and tied into a 14 inch largemouth on the Strike King spinnerbait I got the smallies with. I had another hit on the spinnerbait but it didn't hook up; I got a look at the fish and am pretty sure it was a little pike. Next I headed out to the end of the Jetty, picking up a few wood ticks along the way. The other night with Cyberfish we didn't pick up any. It was slow at the end of the Jetty but I did pick up a single 16 inch smallie on a white with chart nose Rapala Subwalk. I left around 8:30PM and went back to Eddy's, but I didn't get any hits. I called it quits around 9PM.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Mille Lacs Tonight

Encouraged by my results last night I decided to hit Mille Lacs from shore again tonight. I arrived at the lake around 6:50PM. My 1st stop was the Eddy's Jetty where I managed to land this 17 inch smallie on the white Rapala Subwalk pictured from the middle of the South Jetty.

Before I caught the fish I had a swirl on a swim jig and not hit it in approximately the same area I got this fish. I worked the Jetty with various presentations but didn't get any more hits, so I headed to Cemetery Jetty.

While I was cycling through lures I had a hit on a bubblegum Zoom Super Fluke but didn't hook up. I cast back to the spot and this time the fish took it hard and I landed this 14 inch smallie.

A little while later I was casting the white Rapala Subwalk and hooked into a similar sized smallie. I got it up to the rocks but it got off before I landed it.

The sun had set and much to my surprise Mike "Cyberfish" Thompson of MT Bucket blog showed up. He is a Currier and had a run up by Red Lake today, so he tracked me down on his way back. I had 4 rods with me so I set him up with the Super Fluke.

We were fishing and chatting away when I told Mike I hadn't gotten any hits on topwater as I was throwing a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper. I speculated that maybe the water was to cold yet. Pretty much as I was saying that a toad slurped down the popper. I knew it was a good fish right away and I was concerned about it staying hooked up which it did.

Mike did a tape measure while I held the fish and he called it at 19". The pic sure makes it look bigger than 19". This was the last fish of the night.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

GOMH and Mille Laction

(Grumpy Old Man Willard shows off the pike he caught on a spoon)
Today Willard, Lee Ander and Lewis were all at the Grumpy Old Man Hole.

The plan was to try a repeat of Friday night where I would catch the bullheads in a feeding frenzy before a storm came through. It didn't quite work out that way.

I think I headed out around 4PM and when I arrived the NE & NW sides were covered leaving me to fish on the South (Sullivan) side into a wind that was blowing in at 20 and gusting to 30mph. I did manage a small toothy bullhead before I lost my 3/16oz white Strike King spinnerbait to a Norman Speed Clip malfunction when I backlashed. Fishing spinnerbaits with Norman Speed Clips isn't the smartest thing in the world to do. After about 20 minutes the guy fishing the NE side left and so I snapped that casting spot up. I caught a couple of quick jumpin bullheads on the Lost Jig. At some point Lewis showed up followed closely by Willard. Action was kind of slow but I would get a bite every now and then. It sprinkled for a spell and the wind switched out of the NW at about 7mph. I hooked into a decent 22+ inch toothy bullhead and gave it to Willard. I got a bullhead on a blue Brovarney Swim Jig as I was reeling it over the rice, so I went and gave a Zoom Horny Toad a try. I had a few little bites on the Toad but nothing to set the hook into. Eventually Lee Ander showed up and it started to rain. Since I wasn't catching much I went into the truck to sit things out. After about 20 minutes the rain slowed down and Willard went fishing and got his pike. With the rain about stopped I went out and fished with the Horny Toad again not having any luck. I switched up to using the Spro Rojas Popping Frog for the 1st time. I got a few hits but only hooked up with 1 14" jumpin bullhead, most of the strikes I got were pretty weak and either from little jumper or a small toothy or two. I caught a 3rd small toother on the Lost Jig and eventually put a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper on when things got calm and I nabbed a few jumpin bullheads on that. I got hungry so I left at 8PM even though it was really nice out and I could have probably continued to catch some fish.

All in all I ended up with 12 jumpin bullheads and 3 toothy bullheads.

On to Mille Laction:
I was hungry and we didn't have anything much to eat at home so I went to the local Bar and Grill, but their restaurant was closed, so I headed to Onamia to the Cedarwood, but they were closed so I went to DQ. Since I was close to Mille Lacs I figured I would hit up the Eddy's Jetti to try and bag me a smallmouth as it got dark. The smallmouth on Mille Lacs tend to turn on at dusk and dawn. It turns out I made a good choice because I nailed a 18.75 smallie and a 17.75 smallie on a 3/16oz white/chart with chart blades Strike King spinnerbait. Unfortunately I took the camera out of the car when I went home before I went out to eat.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Great GOMH Whackfest of 2009

Tomorrow I have my first Baxter Bass Snatcher Tournament of the year, so I took a short trip this morning and then spent the rest of the morning into noon organizing my tackle to be ready to go for tomorrow. I got it in my head that I would take a trip to the GOMH tonight to see if I might be able to catch a few bullheads. A little before 5PM I noticed on the weather map that it looked like showers were closing in and I thought I better get going before the rain hits, it never did rain. I grabbed a couple of rods I will not use tomorrow along with having my rods and tackle for tomorrow in the truck.

When I arrived at the GOMH, Grumpy Old Man Lewis was there and he wasn't fishing as usual. I set up on the SE side (Sullivan Lake) with the Lost Jig and a white 3/16 Strike King spinnerbait. The wind was coming in out of the SW pretty good and current was flowing at a good clip North into Platte Lake. It wasn't long and I had my first bullhead on the Lost Jig. I followed that with several more than switched to the spinnerbait and caught a couple more, then I switched back to the Lost Jig and got a couple more then things died down, so I decided to switch to the NE side (Platte Lake). I think I had 7 jumpin bullheads at this point. As I was walking up to the road Grumpy Old Man Willard showed up. Once on the NE side I immediately started catching more bullheads on the Lost Jig. After that action slowed I switched to the spinnerbait. It wasn't long and I was up to 20 jumpin bullheads and I decided since they were going pretty good, I would try a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper. The jumpin bullheads were on that like white on rice. I was getting a hit basically every cast and I got a couple of Derby Fish (17.50"1st picture& 17.25"). Most of the fish were 12"-14" with an occasional smaller, but nothing in the 15 & 16 inch range. At some point the current switched directions and started flowing into Sullivan, the bite just kept on going. I was having a blast, I landed close to 30 fish on the popper and had numerous blow up misses. Eventually things slowed on the popper, so I went back to the Lost Jig and landed another Derby fish (17.50" 2nd picture) but things were slowing down. I got the bright idea to go to the truck and try out some of the stuff I will be throwing tomorrow. I got a couple of jumpin bullheads on the first thing I tried, then 3 boats came through and the action just stopped. I gave the SW side a shot and caught 2 small toothy bullheads on a blue Brovarney Swim Jig with junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer. By 8PM I couldn't buy a bite and left.

I caught at least 57 jumpin bullheads and 3 toothy bullheads. It was AWWWWWWWWWWWN!!!

I think there is zero chance I would have done anything close to what I did if I had been in the boat tonight.

My 1st 3lber (On the Derby Board, Barely)

Due to the fact that I have a tournament tomorrow, I took a short hour and 15 minute trip this morning (8:15-9:30AM). I would have been out longer but I didn't get out of bed until an hour and a half after I had my alarm set. I basically went back and fished a stretch of water that I fished last night and like last night I was flinging a funky chicken Super Fluke. Water temp was down to 59-60 and the air temp was around 50 degrees with sun and almost no wind. I was working docks but got my first bass (13") casting out into the lake. The 17" came out from under a boat lift on a dock that had a small dogfish nesting and tons of baitfish on it. I saw 1 other small doggy on a nest.

The 17" is my first entry for the Bass Pundit Minnesocold Bass Bloggers Derby 2009 . It is sad and pathetic that it has taken me 9 days of open bass fishing to get a single 3lber.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm having problems

I was out from 6:15 to 9:15. The sun was out and there was a 10mph wind out of the NW but I fished a protected North shoreline most of the time. My main mission was to practice with Zoom Super Flukes around docks in preparation for Saturday's tournament, that mission was accomplished.

Tonight ended like last night started, missed fish and an blue/black Outkast Swim Jig lost to a pike. This is not the way I want to head into my first tournament of the year.

I started out on docks on the North end of the big middle bay on Platte. I started out by seeing lots of sunfish activity. Water temps were up from 58 yesterday to 63-64 tonight. I did get a little bit of action from small bass on the docks and in between docks either in reeds or on the inside weedline. I saw a low 20 inch dogfish on a bed. I tried to get it to take the Fluke and it bit at it but didn't suck it in.

In between a certain dock I got a decent bass then dumped one about that size of bigger, then I caught another decent bass under the dock which got caught in some fishing line that was caught in a boat propeller on a boat lift. I got the line off of the prop and the lady at the place thanked me. On the next dock I missed a good bite. Then I missed a couple of good bites on the inside weedline.

The sun was basically down, so I ran to a spot in the reeds where there is some thicker weed growth where I caught a couple of bass the other day. I am not sure if this thick patch is some maidencane or just reeds. I made a cast with the Herb's Dilly buzzbait and had something waking behind it. I let the buzzbait sink and a big dogfish whacked it and then went berserk. The dogfish went into a spin and the hooks came loose but it was lassoed. I went for the net but it made a run and got off. I am guessing it was a minimum of 26 and maybe as big as 28". I wanted that doggy. I cast a black/blue Outkast Swim Jig to the back of the weed clump and hooked into a medium small bass but as I got it to the boat it jumped and got off, not long after that I lost the jig to a pike.

I started throwing the Herb's Dilly Buzzbait in the reeds and just like last night had a fish, which I think was a big bass, just clobber it and then bury me in the reeds and get off. The reeds in this particular spot were not that thick. I think the lesson is that my medium heavy Shimano Crucial is not really heavy enough to fish the buzzbait in the reeds. When I throw the Dilly in the Reeds I'm going to need to put it on a flipping stick.

What a lousy way to end the night.

I recorded 9 bass but I think I caught more than that. Of the one's I recorded 5 were over 12" and the night's big bass was 15.5". I counted 7 missed opportunities, probably bass, and that is excluding the dogfish and pike bite off. I think I caught a pike but didn't record any, so maybe I didn't get one.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Missing Fish

Tonight I fished from 5:45 to 9:15PM sky's were cloudy all day but cleared right before I went out. There was a 10mph NE wind that diminished around 8:30PM. I spent the night on the North and Northwest end of Platte Lake. I started in reeds with a maidencane bed, worked my way into a shallow bay with sparse pads and wild rice, fished another area with reeds and maidencane, and ended in a reed bed with rice and pads on the inside edge towards shore.

Things did not start out very well for me I missed a bite, dumped a nice bass, caught a 13.25 bass, had a Outkast Swim Jig bit off, dumped another good fish, had another Outkast Swim Jig bit off, missed another bite, caught a 21.25 pike, missed another bite, then dumped another nice bass that flipped me off on a jump and missed another bite.

Things finally turned around when I caught a 13.25 bass on the blue/black Outkast Swim Jig with Junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer. Then I nailed the 28.5" pike in the picture on a straight legged Zoom Horny Toad. I had another solid bite from a good fish on a Horny Toad but didn't get a good hookset and lost it. I switched up to a Herbs Dilly buzzbait and caught a couple of pike that way. I had a good fish just annihilate the Dilly but I lost it in the reeds. I got a couple more pike on the Outkast Swim Jig.

With the sun going down I made a move West and caught a couple more 12 inch bass; One on the Herb's Dilly and one on the Outkast. I think the last fish of the night was a 21.25 pike.

By my count I missed at least 12 solid bites with 2 of those being bite offs. I caught 4 bass and 7 pike.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Platte Sullivan Platte

Conditions: Overcast with a N NW wind 5-10mph. Time of Day: 4-9PM

Today I got my first bass before I even left the dock. For some reason when I tied on a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper I decided to try it out even though there was a pretty good cross wind and chop at the dock. On about the 3rd cast it got smoked by a preggo 16" largie. I thought for sure it was going to be a pike when it first struck.

I got the boat started and headed to Sullivan Lake to fish the Platte River Mouth and the Sullivan Platte River Outlet (SPRO) area. The river mouth did give up a couple of bass on the Frenzy Popper and I think I missed a bigger fish in the river when the popper hung up on a lone lilly pad.

Next I worked the North SPRO which is a huge weed flat with wild rice, pads, cabbage, and a little curly leaf pond weed. The rice isn't to high or thick yet so I could get away with subsurface baits. Some of the shallow area's Pete and I caught fish in on Sat. didn't give up anything. I had to move off the bank. The most productive lures were a blue/black Outkast Swim Jig with junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer and a black/chart DM Custom Baits Piranha chatterjig. The bass seemed to be scattered on the flat and I couldn't really tell if they were relating to anything particular. There was a surprising lack of pike as I only caught 2 in a full pass and 3/4. Once I got around the North corner at the end of the pads I moved in close to shore and got some fish on a Horny Toad in the calm stuff.

I went back for a second pass into the river going into it about 1/2 way to the dam. I picked up some 11-13" bass, no pike. From there I went onto the flat for 1 more pass. Towards the end of the pass I got the 16.50" which is pictured. It took the Outkast Swim Jig.

It was after 8PM when I headed back to Platte to fish the NW end of Channel Inn Bay. I started a little south of the NW cut and was rewarded with a fat 15.5" on a Herb's Dilly Buzzbait. I didn't get anything in the cut, but got a 16" on the Herb's Dilly at the start of the reeds on the point. The wind made fishing the old reeds difficult. I had a bite on a Monsoor Swim Jig and missed it. A couple of casts later I got hung up, I don't think a fish did it, and I was putting quite a bit of pressure on the line and my 30lb Powerpro broke. Not Happy! and that's how I ended the day.

I got 2 pike, one of which was 24". I caught 24 bass with 15 of them being over 12". The biggest 5 were 16.5,16,16,15.5, and 14.75 so this was my best outing of the year so far, but still no 3lbers.

Minnesota Bass Opener Round 5- Platte

Once again Pete didn't come with me and I was out from 7:30-9:30PM. Conditions were overcast with a breeze that I was moderately protected from out of the SE. I spent the whole time in "Loon Sex Bay" which is the SE bay on Platte Lake. In some area's the wild rice was already on the surface and I seemed to get most of the fish by some kind of feature and towards shore. Unfortunately the big pad flats didn't seem to be holding fish.

I started out by running to the back end of the bay a little East of where the shallow creek comes in. I started by throwing a yellow/brown buzzbait and was quickly rewarded with a 21.75" Pike. I switched to a Zoom Horny Toad and had a pike bite off the legs. I got a 12" bass where there is some brush in the water. In this corner I got another couple of pike including a 25.5 on the buzzbait and another bass or two. I think I also had a dogfish follow.

I worked my way North making one long drift to Loon Sex point, but like I said the pad flats were barren and the point didn't give up anything. I drove back to my starting spot and hugged the shore North getting a few bass and pike, missing some fish as well. There was a stick away from shore where I got a preggo 15" bass and a 13" may have been spawning or very late pre-spawners. As it got dark the action faded and I left.

Minnesota Bass Opener Round 4

This morning Pete decided not to come out with me. Conditions were over cast and breezy out of the SE. I fished from around 8AM to 11AM.

After Pete caught a 17+ Largie in a big reed bed last night I made that my starting spot. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the reeds were exposed to the wind. Also of note is the reeds in this bed are not old growth but new growth sticking 1 to 2 feet above the water. For the most part their were not any areas where the reeds were super thick and close together although areas that seemed to hold a higher concentration of reeds seemed to hold the fish.

I started out using a 1/2oz all white Strike King spinnerbait but that didn't produce a thing. I might have gotten 1 smaller bass on a 3/16oz white Strike King Spinnerbait. The lure that did almost all the damage in the reed bed was a brown/blue Outcast Swim Jig with green Berkley Powerbait Grub trailer.

One of my first fish was this nice 26 inch Pike:

I think it was the only Pike I got in the reed bed.

This 16.5" bass was my biggest out of the Reed Bed and I think for the entire weekend:

Obviously there were some fish in the big reed bed but I didn't find any good concentration and the fishing was steady but slow. It also didn't help that I missed several bites. I did lose 1 nice bass that was hooked up and jumped.

On my first pass in the reeds I tended to stay closer to shore and on the 2nd pass I stayed towards the outside edge not getting anything.

Next I moved towards the shoreline where are cabin is starting a 1/4 mile East of our place near the dock and weeds Pete caught one of his 3lbers last night. This area was protected from the wind. I started out throwing a black/chart DM Custom Baits Piranha with watermelon Yamamoto Swim Senko as a trailer. The pike seemed to like it and I pulled in a nice one real quick then I missed a couple. I switched over to a Zoom Horny Toad and got a mix of bass and pike. When I got over by Jenny's the fish seemed to shut off and I don't think I got a bite from Jenny's to our place.

For the morning I got 5 pike and 8 bass, 6 of the bass where 13" or bigger and the other two were just under 12". One pike was 11 inches and the rest were over 22".