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Two A Days – part 1

July 1, 2013

Although I didn’t really enjoy two a day practices while participating in high school soccer, I don’t mind “Two a Days” when it comes to fishing.  I had originally planned to go fishing with my dad and my son the morning of Friday, June 14, at 8 a.m., but a late morning dentist appointment and my son’s morning hockey practice laid that plan to waste.  Rescheduling for later in the afternoon left a few hours at the crack of dawn if I wanted to make the effort and roll out of bed.

My recent adventure to  Lake Mille Lacs had me thinking about walleyes and so I thought about local lakes that were small enough to fish from the Bass Raider.  Only one came to mind: O’Dowd.  More of a bass lake, O’Dowd is routinely stocked with walleyes and so I figured what the heck.  Why not?   With the trolling motor battery fully charged and my newly licensed Bass Raider already in the bed of my pickup, I hit the road at a few minutes after five a.m.

The challenges of fishing with a small craft powered by only a trolling motor are exacerbated by the wind.  Upon reaching the access I realized that I should have been paying more attention to the conditions as the wind was blowing stiffly out of the East.  The wind was going to make it difficult to fish the spots I had in mind.  Changing plans I  headed for the protected shore of one of the islands that dot O’Dowds surface.  The undeveloped islands have a number of trees and fallen timber lining the shore thus providing good cover/structure for bass.  While it wasn’t my original plan I decided to pitch a spinner bait as I waited to see if the wind would die down.  A few casts in I was working my spinner bait back from shore and around some fallen wood and bam, I caught this hefty bass.


About ten minutes later I had another solid strike as my lure skirted the edge of some leaf covered branches dangling in the water that resulted in this plump bass.  As you can see from the fins it had recently spawned or been spawning.


After about half an hour the wind had become manageable and I switched back to my original plan and began working the deeper water with a jig and Berkley power minnow for walleyes.  That proved unsuccessful and so I switched to trolling a deep diving minnow crankbait. While trolling didn’t produce any walleyes it did result one bass that nailed my crankbait as it bounced along the bottom.

With the clock speeding past 8 a.m. I reluctantly headed for shore and the dentist.

– Hats

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