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Photos, finally.

August 18, 2013

August 17, 2013

Better late than never I suppose, but I have photos to spruce up my posts.  Finally.

This northern pike that blasted my spinnerbait this morning kept me from getting skunked on Bush Lake.  I had one other teeny pike holding on to the skirt and another blow up on the spinnerbait that I was bulging beneath the surface.  My goal had been to wade the shoreline and catch some bass in the slop.  Unfortunately, the bass were nowhere to be found.  I tried spinnerbaits; buzz baits; and a surface frog in the slop.  The action was surprisingly quiet despite the abundance of small bluegills in the shallows and the occasional frog skittering along the surface.


Speaking about getting skunked…. that is what happened on my trip to Lake Nokomis on August 11.  I spent a good two hours trolling crankbaits and tossing jigs with plastics for walleyes and nary a fish.  The flooded brush along the shore was too tempting though and I decided to cast for bass.  The water is a nasty shade of green and I tied on a black spinnerbait with neon-orange blade in hopes that something would see it.  As luck would have it I soon tied in to musky that nailed it a few feet from the bank. It made a mad rush underneath the Pelican Raider and towed me around a bit.  It wasn’t a giant but as I monkeyed around with the net and tried to get ready to land it, it came flying out of the water and tossed the hook it.  It was a solid fish right around 36″ and enough to keep me interested for another hour or so.  Unfortunately, that was it for the day – skunked.

August 4 found me back at Hyland Lake and the water there too was mid-summer green.  Nasty looking stuff.  Fishing was really slow and I had to really work to scrape together five bass, all of which were about the size of this one.


The wife and kids decided to hit the beach the evening of July 29, 2013, so I picked up some fat heads at the bait shop and headed for Hyland Lake.  I was really hoping for some shiners but the fat heads produced a number of small bass and one 14″ walleye.  Nothing to brag about but better than sitting home and watching the tube.

– Hats

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