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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More then Walleyes on Mille Lacs

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: June 19, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Mille Lacs has been on my bass fishing bucket list for awhile, not sure what took so long.  Its only a little over 2 hours from my house and I have driven by it countless times to other tournaments and fishing trips.  Well Friday things finally aligned, when I had time available, the weather was tolerable and I had someone to show me the ropes of landings and general areas of good smallmouth fishing.  Mille Lacs is a big body of water and you can easily spin your wheels, so it was nice to have my buddy Bill to show my Dad & I around to get started and then we expanded on what Bill had fished before.

We launched out of Cove Bay a little after 8am, we fished a few reefs in this area.  I caught a 3lb fish pretty quick on a white fluke and then a chunky walleye on a Ima Flit jerkbait.  The next reef I caught 2 more smallmouth on a Chartreuse Blue Ima Rock N' Vibe.  We then headed over near Izaty's area, where my Dad caught his first smallmouth and I picked up a 2 more on a fluke and Bill lost one on a grub.  Winds got pretty gusty on the south side, so we tucked into Cove bay, where I had a couple smallmouth follows and caught 2 largemouth bass.

We trailed the boat over to Cedar Creek and relaunched because of the East wind.  It didn't take long to get more consistent action on this side.  We each started catching fish pretty quickly.  Getting bites on a bone colored Ima Skimmer, DT4, and various soft plastics.  After a bit of pecking around on rock spots we finally hit a bit of a sweet area, where my Dad got a 5-06, Bill got a 4-06, I got a 4-01 and a few other nice fish.
   

After this spot went quiet, we stared looking at more new water and got on a pattern where we just wore them out on Soft Plastics.  Best soft plastics were Yum Dingers, Lake Fork Craw Tubes, & Tubes.  It got a little crazy after that.  We all caught several nice fish in the 3lb plus range.  Bill would have easily had 17lbs plus.  We were weighing most of the big ones, but my scale went dead.



My Dad's best 5 = 5-06, 5-04, 20.5", 20", & 19.5: for about 24-25lbs
My Best 5 = 4-05, 4-01, 3-13, 19.5", 19.25" for about 21lbs



Over all we had 50 plus bass, 2 walleyes, 4 northern and a couple rock bass, our best 15 bass would have been over 60lbs!  Pretty awesome for a first trip to the big pond, won't be my last!  To see more pictures from trip, follow this link.  This is a trip that any of us will soon forget!

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More then Walleyes on Mille Lacs

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: June 19, 2011 - 10:29 PM

Mille Lacs has been on my bass fishing bucket list for awhile, not sure what took so long.  Its only a little over 2 hours from my house and I have driven by it countless times to other tournaments and fishing trips.  Well Friday things finally aligned, when I had time available, the weather was tolerable and I had someone to show me the ropes of landings and general areas of good smallmouth fishing.  Mille Lacs is a big body of water and you can easily spin your wheels, so it was nice to have my buddy Bill to show my Dad & I around to get started and then we expanded on what Bill had fished before.

We launched out of Cove Bay a little after 8am, we fished a few reefs in this area.  I caught a 3lb fish pretty quick on a white fluke and then a chunky walleye on a Ima Flit jerkbait.  The next reef I caught 2 more smallmouth on a Chartreuse Blue Ima Rock N' Vibe.  We then headed over near Izaty's area, where my Dad caught his first smallmouth and I picked up a 2 more on a fluke and Bill lost one on a grub.  Winds got pretty gusty on the south side, so we tucked into Cove bay, where I had a couple smallmouth follows and caught 2 largemouth bass.

We trailed the boat over to Cedar Creek and relaunched because of the East wind.  It didn't take long to get more consistent action on this side.  We each started catching fish pretty quickly.  Getting bites on a bone colored Ima Skimmer, DT4, and various soft plastics.  After a bit of pecking around on rock spots we finally hit a bit of a sweet area, where my Dad got a 5-06, Bill got a 4-06, I got a 4-01 and a few other nice fish.
   

After this spot went quiet, we stared looking at more new water and got on a pattern where we just wore them out on Soft Plastics.  Best soft plastics were Yum Dingers, Lake Fork Craw Tubes, & Tubes.  It got a little crazy after that.  We all caught several nice fish in the 3lb plus range.  Bill would have easily had 17lbs plus.  We were weighing most of the big ones, but my scale went dead.



My Dad's best 5 = 5-06, 5-04, 20.5", 20", & 19.5: for about 24-25lbs
My Best 5 = 4-05, 4-01, 3-13, 19.5", 19.25" for about 21lbs



Over all we had 50 plus bass, 2 walleyes, 4 northern and a couple rock bass, our best 15 bass would have been over 60lbs!  Pretty awesome for a first trip to the big pond, won't be my last!  To see more pictures from trip, follow this link.  This is a trip that any of us will soon forget!

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More Pool 2 Fishing

Posted by: Rich Lindgren Updated: May 11, 2009 - 9:00 AM

A fishing buddy of mine and I got out for about 5 hours this past Saturday on Pool 2.  I am kind of getting addicted to this section of the river for a couple reasons; close to home and offers a large variety of water type and cover.

 

I decided to head way north to the top of Pool 2 to investigate a few areas I had researched.  My Akinetix beanie cap was a nice option to keep my ears warm on that long run from Lion's Levee. We made on quick stop at a culvert that was spilling water into the river, nothing happened there.  The next area was a little pocket off the main river, were I was able to catch an 18” smallmouth and 2 largemouth bass on 3” Black Tubes with 1/4oz Tungsten weight.  I also missed two bites and my partner missed one as well.

 

We left that area and found another backwater area.  The highlight of that area was catching a 14” crappie of log jam with my 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten jig, PB&J color with a green pumpkin chunk.  The funny thing is, he hit it just like a bass, my line jumped and he engulfed that large bait to the back of his throat.  I also caught one nice chunk largemouth in this area.  I tried a few more areas, no more action, time to head down river to look for fish closer to the landing.

 

Fished a few areas, caught a few small bass.  The last dead end cut we fishing I caught a nice bass and an 18” walleye of an old boat ramp in 4ft of water on the same jig.  The PB&J jig proved to be a multi-species winner this trip!

 

I was irritated that my camera phone would not cooperate and I did not get a picture of the smallmouth, crappie or walleye L  I need to get a dedicated digital camera for my boat, any suggestions?

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