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A New Year

January 2, 2017

January 1, 2017

I’d heard about the smallmouth bass fishing opportunities on the Mississippi River near Monticello as a result of the warm water discharge from the local power plant.  Some of the YouTube videos are impressive and so I decided to start the new year off with a fishing trip on open water,  a rarity in Minnesota at this time of the year.

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I must admit I was very surprised to see a Skeeter boat trailer at the access.  Those are some hardy souls who decided to launch their boat amidst the floating ice. Not that it was necessarily warmer along the bank or wading.  I threw Rapala Husky Jerks for the first half-hour or so but felt that I wasn’t getting down deep enough and it just seemed too fast.  Switched to a tube but that didn’t generate anything.  Switched again, this time to a Zoom fluke that netted a scrappy smallie on the first cast.

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Thought I was on to them but that was it for the day.  Interesting experience. Worth another shot.

23 Degrees

Twenty-three degrees

Fishing the Mississippi

A Happy New Year!

 

Purple Clowns

Chasing smallmouth bass

With purple ghosts, olive clowns

Dodging the ice floes.

– Hats

 

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