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July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014

My note to my family said:  Gone fishin.’  I will be at Lake Minnewashta or Lake Bavaria.

I’ve never fished Bavaria and my internet search at 4:45 a.m. hinted at the possibility of there being a locked gate with a boat inspection requirement.  The plan called for the inspection station to be at Lake Minnewashta.  I couldn’t find anything confirming approval of this plan so I had a Plan A and a Plan B, which is always a good plan I suppose.  Arriving at Lake Minnewashta I paid my $5 park entry fee and proceeded to the launch.  I knew that Minnewashta has an inspection requirement and that went off without a hitch since I haven’t had the boat on the water in nearly a month.  Figuring that I might as well fish Minnewashta since I was familiar with the lake and had paid my $5, I waited as the boat ahead of me launched.  With the high water he had to back his pick up all the way into the water to launch his boat – not a good sign for my mini-van, especially since it is essentially a gravel launch.  I backed the trailer into the water all the way to my rear tires and my boat was still sitting high and dry.  Screw it I thought.  I’m not that confident about backing a van all the way into the water, especially when loading up.  I put the straps back on, pulled the plug and headed for Bavaria which was only a few miles away.

Arriving at Bavaria a few minutes later I found no gate and no one at the access.  Although there is a no wake restriction due to high water, I backed right up and launched without a problem.  The shallows are slop filled (a mix of pads, milfoil, coontail, slime, duck weed, etc) and there are not any distinguishing points or rock humps.  The water drops off pretty quick and there are no major flats so I found myself working the slop or the weed edge.  No takers in the slop – caught my first fish on a buzz bait – not really sure you can call it a buzz bait since I was reeling it just under the surface.  Nonetheless, it is a buzz bait and it produced the first two fish of the day and the first of July.

1st fish of July!

1st fish of July!

Neither fish was very big so I switched to a wacky worm with no success.  Next, I tried a jointed minnow pattern Rapala and caught an 18.5″ large mouth on the first cast.  Nothing after that though – surprising.  Funny how many times you switch rigs and catch something right away.


Tried a jig-worm along the breaks – nothing.  Switched to cranks and a rattle-trap which produced this solid, 19+” fish.



Not bad for a couple hours on a new body of water.  Good start to July.

Happy Fourth of July.

– Hats

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