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June 16, 2017

May 29, 2017

On a bass like you – to borrow a line from an Eighties rock staple by Foreigner.

Lake of the Isles


Cedar Lake



Waconia Bass

June 16, 2017

May 28, 2017

Ventured to Lake Waconia this morning.  Restless and thinking about fish, I got up a little earlier than anticipated and had the lake pretty much to myself for the first hour or so.

Thought I’d troll a rocky point at day break with a Rapala Husky Jerk for walleye.  Ended up catching crappies, which was a complete surprise.

Switched to bass as it got light and it was slow at first.  As the day progressed it got really windy so I had to stick to the W/NW side of the lake.  Caught 16 bass, the largest was 17″.  Most were on Zoom flukes, but I caught a couple on cranks and one a spinner bait.  Missed at least half a dozen fish.  All in all a good day on the water.




Minnetonka Bass Opener

June 16, 2017

May 27, 2017

Went to Lake Minnetonka for the Minnesota Bass Opener out of tradition.  Clear, calm conditions again.  Tried the usual spots but fishing was kind of slow, at least for me.

I caught several nice bass, but not what I had dreamed about.  Had a musky chase a Zoom fluke near some milfoil.  Saw another 40″ inch musky basking on a sandy bar in about two feet of water with not a care in the world.  Maybe I should have fished for musky instead.  Season is not open though.


– Hats

Because we can

May 27, 2017

May 20, 2017

Went to Hyland Lake this morning and donned the waders for an hour of bass fishing in the rain before heading to work.  Why?  Because, with the new catch and release regulations we can now legally catch and release bass earlier than previously allowed.

The water level was high due to the amount of rain recently.  Lucked into  one small bass on a spinner bait near some submerged timer. Classic.




May 27, 2017

May 14, 2017

The weather on Mother’s Day was forecast to be even better than yesterday.  And it was.  Calm, sunny and warm.

I wanted to see if I could replicate yesterday’s success and hit the water bright and early again.  Trolled a few different spots today.  Scratched out one 15″ walleye from the same spot as yesterday, so it wasn’t a total fluke. Caught a few bass.

– Hats

Opening, a window

May 27, 2017

May 13, 2017

Another fishing opener, again on Lake Minnetonka.

Unseasonably warm.  Cracked a window open when I went to bed.

Arrived at the access at a little after two a.m. and found one boat on the trailer and heading home.  Must have caught their limit.  Or, not.  Just as I was getting ready to leave the dock another boat on the water pulled up so I asked him if he caught his limit.  “Nope. Trolled the shallows, dunked some leeches and minnows.  Nothing but a couple of small bass.”

Great.  Sounded like my plan was going to be an epic failure and I hadn’t even left the dock.  Ideal walleye conditions.  Not a cloud in the sky and flat calm.  At least it was dark.  Well, relatively so as there was a full moon.

Trolled the shallow points with Rapalas, pitched a jig and leech combo and tried shiners beneath a lighted bobber for a little over two hours with only one small bass to show for my efforts.  Then a feeding window opened for about 15 minutes just as it started to get light.  First an 18″ walleye, followed by a 21″ and a 26″, that I released.  All hit a Rapala minnow trolled over a rocky point.


And just like that, the feeding window closed.

– Hats

One in a Vermillion

April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

Yard work in the sunshine yesterday.  Fishing in the rain today.  I figured it would be a bit chilly on the lake with an east wind and rain in the forecast so I trekked on out to the Vermillion River.  As expected, the water was high and off color; perfect for a shot at the brown trout rumored to swim there.  I say rumored because it has been some time since I actually caught a fish in the Vermillion.  It has also been said that if you want different results, you need to do something different.  With that thought it mind I decided to toss Rapala minnows with my spinning gear.

After an hour or so of firing away in the rain it seemed like the odds of catching a fish were akin to One in a Vermillion.  Then, just as I was about to pull the lure out of the water, a sudden flash, followed by a thump and, fish on.  Soon this 12″ – 13″ brown trout was thrashing about in my net.

I guess there are fish in the Vermillion. Make that two fish for sure as I caught a smaller one about an hour later on a Blue Fox spinner.


Canadian Crawlers appear to be popular along this stretch of river.  Nothing wrong with crawlers, just disappointing to see how many empty containers littered the bank.  Might need to put a tariff on it.


Note for the next trip:  might want to try a crayfish pattern crank.


The songbirds were really singing this morning.  A beautiful, springtime sound.

Morning Song

Up with the Robins

Cardinals and Chickadees

Joyous morning song.

– Hats


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