This past weekend I fished a couple small club tournaments on Big&Little Green Saturday, and then Sunday fished Chisago and Lindstrom Chain. There were only a couple patterns that really produced consistently.
Shallow rocks in about 6-8 ft of water fished with soft plastics and jigs
Inside turns on weed edges in 10-12 feet of water with mostly black/blue jigs and some soft plastics.
Lastly fishing holes and pockets in shallow weeds where bass were anxiously waiting for many offerings including jigs and soft plastics. Some of these fish were spawning, some guarding fry, others preying off of spawning bluegill beds. Some of these fish are starting to gravitate docks as well.
It’s quite clear; fish are transitioning to traditional summer areas as we speak.
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This past Sunday seemed to be a tough outing for most of the 160 anglers in the Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on the
I went in with expectations of putting together a solid limit and getting some good points for year to date standing based on my less then stellar practice. In the back of my mind, I thought if I fished hard and did not lose any fish, I could possibly cash a check.
All in all, things went well, did not lose any good fish and got one big bite. At the end of the day, I had a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth that weighed 12.03lbs and was good enough for 12th place and a decent check. See full standings here.
My key baits were a 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten Jig in a brown/purple color with a Green Pumpkin Rage Chunk trailer, plus I got two good bites, one on a Crazy Legs Chigger Craw and the big fish came on a Chatterbait.
Tru-Tungsten Jig was my work horse&chatterbait score my kicker fish!
If you want to learn more about fishing the Weekend Series tournaments as a boater or non-boater, check out www.ABAProAm.com. I will be fishing the rest of these events and looking forward to it!
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My buddy Josh&I headed out to one of his favorite south metro lakes for some bass action on Saturday morning. We got to the ramp a little after 7am and there were not many spots left at this small ramp. This lake is know for having some big largemouth bass.
It took us about 20-30 minutes to get dialed in to what the fish wanted, but once we did, it was pretty steady all day. The bait of choice was weightless Lake Fork Ring Frys in shades of green pumpkin&watermelon rigged on 4/0 Youvella Super Strong OWG hooks. Most of our fish were found around emerging lily pads and old pad root systems. The slow enticing fall of these baits tempted in excess of 40 bass including a couple of heavyweight bruisers. My two biggest were 5lbs 5oz&4lbs 10oz on a Rapala hand held scale. We actually weighed our best 5 and they went 17lbs 13oz. I need to run to the store before next weekend as we went through 3 full bags of Ring Frys in 7 hours. It was great day and great start to the MN bass season!
4lb 10oz Largemouth Bass
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It was just a small club tournament (Gopher Bassmasters) this past Sunday on Pool 2, but fun none the less. My first big tournament will be on May 30th on Pool 4.
Most of fish came from cuts off the main river or farther back into some of the larger back water areas like Moores&Grey Cloud. I ended up catching 12 keeper bass and John has 9, my best 5 measured out at 14.99lbs for 3rd place and John had almost 11lbs.
This spring has been my first introduction to Pool 2 fishing, I have been quite pleased with the available water as well as the catching it has offered. I intend to make this a more frequent fishing stop!
At the same time, I am excited to have about 10,000 more options to start fishing bass this coming Saturday!
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