Rich Lindgren

Rich Lindgren's love for bass fishing is a balance between passion and obsession. He has been an angler all his life and has been tournament fishing for more then 15 years. He has eyes on qualifying for the Bassmasters Classic and wants to help others catch more bass.

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Mississippi River Pool 4 Gopher Bassmaster Tournament

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: May 26, 2011 - 9:45 PM

Following up club tourney #1, the very next day we had our 2nd club tourney of 2011.  We launched out of Colvill Park in Red Wing and we could fish all of Pool 4 and bottom of Pool 3.  I had not fished this water since last year and never really fished with water has high as it was on tournament day.  Based on my past experience and familiarity with the water closer to Wabasha, I decided to make the 25 mile run and just go fishing down there.

It did not take long for my partner Kory and I to start plucking fish from dead end cuts with rock and wood cover.  We hopped around, checking spots that I thought would have the right stuff, most of them panned out, with each of catching a pretty decent 4 fish limit, bot having 1 kicker smallie to go with solid largemouth.  I caught all mine on a 4" tube and a 3/8oz jig fished on 17-20lb fluorocarbon on heavy action Dobyns Rods, while Korey got all his on a Tube Craw.

The wind managed to kick up in the afternoon, making for an adventurous return to Red Wing and we drove right into a thunderstorm with driving rain and hail.  We made it safely back to Colvill Marina, just in time to catch a few small keepers that we threw back.

In the end I took 2nd with 12.22lbs for 4 fish and Korey got 4th with 11.26lbs, my big smallie was 3.49lbs.  We easily had the largest combined weight but a few guys found some really nice smallies up near Red Wing to beat us out.  Still a decent tourney, but as Ricky Bobby says "if you are not first, you're last!"

After two tourneys, I am less then a .5lbs out of first in overall standings.  I look to keep up the strong weights on my next 2 tourneys on Medicine & O'Dowd that will be first weekend in June. Learn more about Gopher Bassmaters @

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East Central Bass Fishing Reports

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: July 16, 2009 - 11:04 AM
The better fish came from deeper weed edges on East Rush from about 8-12ft.  Soft plastics and 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten jigs in greens, blacks and browns were all good.  Look for inside turns and steeper drops along those weed edges for the bass.  The shallow bite was kind of slow, believed to be because of weeds dieing off and getting slimy.

On Knife lake, rocky banks, wood and docks all produced good quality fish.  The only thing that did not work well on Sunday was the pad bite, mostly small fish.  Once again 1/2 oz Black and Blue Tru-Tungsten jigs produced a lot of fish, chatterbait style lures also did well.

I ended up winning both tournaments with just under 15lbs each day.  For full reports, check out my Bassin' Blog!

East & West Rush Lake Fishing Report

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: July 7, 2009 - 5:03 PM
Spent most of Sunday fishing East and West Rush Lakes, first time fishing the lakes in the thawed water season.  Largemouth bass and large northern pike bite was pretty consistent on the deep weed edges.  Jigs, creature baits and worms produced the best.  I went through a lot of my old mushroom head jig inventory losing them to hungry pike when paired with a red shad worm.  I did manage two northerns around 6-8lbs that did not bite me off.

Manged several blow up on frogs, but they all just slapped at the bait, did not take it.  Shallow fishing was a tough go, deep fishing was much more consistent.  Pictured is one good largemouth that did come shallow.

More info at Rich’s Bassin’ Blog

Mississippi River Tournament Recap - Alma, WI

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: July 2, 2009 - 9:28 AM

Sunday was my 2nd Bassmaster Weekend Series tourney of the year.  We took off from Alma Marina on the banks of the Mississippi River and we could fish Pools 3, 4, and 5 plus the St. Croix.   I got a favorable boat draw and co-angler partner, things were off to a great start and the fish bit my Yellow Magic Popper early and often.


The bite slowed on my initial spot, the rest of the day I pecked around wood and eel grass flipping both Game Hawgs and Baby Brush Hogs on a 3/16oz Tru-Tungsten weight and 3/0 Youvella OWG hook,.


At the end of the day, my 5 fish limit weighed 14.21lbs and was good for a solid 8th place finish out of 78 anglers.  Talking to other anglers, swim jigs and frogs also produced well around grass and pads.  My finish moved me up to 3rd in the points which I am pretty happy about so far.  All in all, this is a great series; think about joining in as a boater or non-boater for the next tournament at Prairie Deu Chien or LaCrosse.


More info, pictures&video at Rich’s Bassin’ Blog

Weightless Plastics when the bite is tough

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: June 25, 2009 - 9:52 PM
If I cannot get bit on my favorite Tru-Tungsten bass jig, the next bait in my aresenal is usually taking a Ring Fry rigging it texas rig on a heavy wire 4/0 hook with no weight and tossing it around all available shallow cover.  I think you will be quite suprised by the results!

Check out the video for more tips and to see some results of this deadly technique!

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