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Memories (Part 2)

September 8, 2012

August 12, 2012

Yesterday, on my way to Arrowwood Resort, I parked at the Lake Cowdrey access to the Central Lakes Trail for a little exercise.  The Central Lakes Trail is a 55-mile walking/biking trail that runs between Osakis, MN and Fergus Falls, MN.  In Alexandria, it happens to meander by several lakes that looked to be shore fishing candidates and accessible with my waders.  With that thought in mind I got in a five mile run as I jogged past Stony and North Union lakes, as well as Lake Brophy.  Of the three, North Union and Brophy looked the most promising, especially North Union, which had a shoreline ringed with reeds and lily pads and a school of small bass holding in the current where Lake Brophy spilled into it.  Stony is circled with cabins and not an option as the only undeveloped portion is off limits due to a barbed wire fence.  Stumbling upon the access to Brophy in the NW corner of the lake, I decided Brophy was my best option and planned to launch my boat there. Conditions permitting, I could fish Brophy and make my way to North Union.  With a few minutes left to kill before check in time,  I drove by Lake Louise . Located to the west of Arrowwood,  the NE corner of Lake Louise borders the road and is undeveloped.  Better yet – I find  lily pads, reeds and room along the gravel road to park.  With such promising structure, I added Lake Louise to my itinerary.

5:30 a.m. – Cloudy.  Slight S/SE wind.  Another great day to be in the water I think to myself as I slip on my waders and make my way to the lake.  Three casts later a feisty 12″ largemouth explodes on my buzz bait near a patch of weeds.  I miss one more fish and then switch to a spinner bait when the action goes quiet.  Over the next forty-five minutes I catch another seven bass and six northern pike.  No giants but a lot of fun.  Next up, Lake Brophy.

The overcast conditions have held and I can see rain to the south as I launch my johnboat.  I am the only boat on the water and the northern pike are extremely active.  They hit anything I throw and I catch eight and miss another four or five that strike and miss.  The bass are harder to come by.  Moving out to the edge of the weeds in about 10′ – 11′ feet of water I quickly catch four bass on a jig-worm that is tipped with a Culprit worm.

Unfortunately, North Union turns out to be a bust.  The water is dark and the pods of carp skimming food off the surface immediately turn me off.  I suppose this just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Heading back towards the access I wonder what it would have been like on Lake Geneva this morning.   Then again, fourteen northern pike and thirteen largemouth in one day is a fabulous day on the water and a day that I will remember.

– Hats

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2012 7:19 pm

    Megsie said you’re feeling unloved…don’t despair! The best way to get commenters is to go comment on other people’s blogs. There must be other fishermen blogs out there that you read! 😀 I’ll tell my one friend that I know of who likes fishing…I have no idea if he reads blogs at all, but at least I can say I tried. Don’t give up yet!

  2. September 13, 2012 6:10 pm

    Benny is a friend of mine: sent him here via FB. He’s plugged you there as well!

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