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Trout Brook

October 20, 2018

August 19, 2018

Made the journey to Miesville, MN and Miesville Ravine Park to fish the improved trout water.  I was downstream last year closer to the confluence with the Canon River but wanted to try the headwaters for some brook trout.

Tight and narrow water with lots of fish present, but spooky.

Caught a few on a Royal Wulff.


The Daze After

October 20, 2018

August 14, 2018

Does it count as a fishing trip if you went fishing but really didn’t go fishing, i.e., you dreamed about fishing.

Woke up this morning to the sight of me fishing from my boat on a busy street close to where I used to live and miraculously catching bass after bass from the four lane concrete roadway that I was casting to.  Crazy!!!!

Crazier yet, a couple days later I dreamed about catching a walleye on skitter walk in a cabbage filled bay after my boat had done a cartwheel on the water.

Sounds like I need to get out on the water.


Last Day

October 20, 2018

August 13, 2018

The goal was to catch 10 bass before I had to get off the water at 7 a.m. to head home.


Mission accomplished.  With one kicker northern pike thrown in.

An awesome week of fishing I must stay.  Lots of family time.  A little golf.  No rain outs.

Going back to work will be tough.

– Hats




Tip Top Bass Fishing

October 20, 2018

August 12, 2018

Last full day in Alexandria.

On the boat with my dad at the crack of dawn.

The bass were going pretty good.  22 fish between 6 and about 9:15 and that was with about an hour thrown in for trolling crawlers for walleye.  22 fish in a little over two hours kept us plenty busy.  Biggest fish was a 19″ bass on a spinnerbait.


Another beautiful day in paradise.  Hot afternoon, so we took a break and went to the Tip Top Dairy Bar.  This is a must do if you are in Osakis.  An old school soft serve ice cream shop with a kitchen.  Delicious! The cherry dipped cone was a treat.  Wanted to go back for a birthday cake dipped cone because that looked so good.


My kids are the best.  Attempted to have a “game night” on our last night in Alex.  Nobody was into board games.  They wanted to go fishing!  So fishing we went.

Tried some top-water action on Lake Victoria.  Another glorious sunset.  Caught a few small bass and lo and behold, I had a 20″ walleye on that I lost at boat side.  Hit a KVD chartreuse square billed crankait in about 3 FOW.

Another beautiful sunset from Lake Victoria.


– Hats


Lake Geneva

October 20, 2018

August 11, 2018

Sunrise and sunset – spectacular this week.  Although, probably not for those living through the forest fires that are resulting in the hazy skies.


Nice to have my dad in the boat.  He joined us for a few days.  Went to an underwater sand point before supper.  Wind blowing across the point.  Perfect conditions to pitch a tube jig up on to the point and then off the ledge into a steep drop off.  This resulted in 3 plucky bass for my dad right of the bat.  The fish were right where we expected them to be so it was nice to be rewarded for the knowledge.  Nice when it all comes together.

Went out again after supper but the slow evening bite persisted.  A few bass here and there although my daughter caught a hefty 15″ largemouth on black spinnerbait just as the day turned to black.


– Hats

Lake Victoria, Alexandria MN

September 2, 2018

August 10, 2018

Tried the slow death rig again this morning, but on Lake Geneva.  No takers.

Went bass fishing.  Caught three scrappy bass right away on a Rapala Skitter Walk.

Then went to Lake Victoria.  My family used to go there all the time when I was a teenager and had some fabulous days bass fishing.  The channel connecting the lakes, specifically the bridges, have been vastly approved over the years.  Back in the day you had to duck down in the boat and guide yourself through the culvert with your hands.  The new bridges are easily passable for most fishing boats.

The water was a little green on Victoria and it took a few minutes fishing an underwater point before I got any action, again on the Skitter Walk.  Caught three fish and then noticed a splash in the shallows near the bank.  Headed within casting distance and plunked my cast in that spot and ka pow – caught this nice bass.


Caught a few more and missed some as well, but things really slowed down after about 8 a.m.  Got my oldest daughter in the boat again and we had to really work to catch a couple of small bass on KVD crank baits.

The only fish of significance after that was a 17″ bass that my son caught on a shad rap in dusk as we tootled around an underwater hump on Lake Geneva.



No Walleye – Le Homme Dieu

September 2, 2018

August 9, 2018

Caught a warmup bass right away on Lake Geneva and headed to Le Homme Dieu for some walleye action.  Absolutely love Christopherson Bait Shop and they suggested a slow death harness tipped with a crawler.  Gave it a shot for a good part of the morning in 15 – 25′ FOW and managed a few small bass and this 11′ crappie.


Gorgeous sunrise!


It was kind of a slow day.  Caught some bass later in the morning with my oldest daughter…but again. Kind of quiet.  Evening bite is really slow.


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