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    Fishing Report Clubs

    By Rick

    Fishing Minnesota has added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who are also providing fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, t
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I'm Back

MYSTERY RIVER IS giving up fish to old guys and kids who ride their bikes to the shore and toss out into the water from shore. Not many boats working the river as with the season open everyone is fishing their favorite little lake. I spent the last week in the hospital once again and I am not going to spend the time writing about it as there are other things to write about. I am back at home and I am trying to get through another set back but it seems that is all I am doing. Before I went into t

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

2016 Walleye Opener

As has become tradition for a good friend Captain Dave, he invited me to the opener on Mille Lacs.  I think that this makes the 10th or so opener spent on the big pond. Mille Lacs has certainly had controversy lately, but that is not what this entry is about.  It is about tradition.  It is about spending time with good friends.  It is about getting out on a lake on the opener and chasing my favorite fish, the walleye.  We had to be prepared for this opener.  We almost had to alter our

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

 

Cookies n Beer

YESTERDAY, ANOTHER RAIN day so it was not a fishing day so I have yet to lose a day. I should note here that I am referring to the far side of the lake where the season open last weekend. This side of the lake is still a few days away. I am moving around better and spending more time back in the den and surfing the web. I have noticed that when I leave the den chair and head to the living room that the old couch and chairs are not very comfortable. I broached the idea with the wife that perhaps

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

good n bad

GOOD NEWS, BAD news It has been a couple of weeks since I have written but things have not been quiet here at Lake Iwanttobethere. I have spent most of my time in bed and for some reason my laptop will let me read what is going on but not let me post. I have in my mind written at least a dozen stories but they did not get posted. So here is some of the topics I did kind of write about and I will now show in a very very brief format.   About a month ago I started feeling a heaviness in

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Fish in Mt.Normandale Lake

Hey guys, Just fished at Mt.Normandale Lake today and caught a few Northern and fat pre-spawn bass that were only about 2-3 pounds. I have been doing research on this lake and it was apparently popular at around 2008 and read that people have caught TROPHY bass there (6lbs+) and very large pike (35'+). I have seen a few large bass and pike there and there but I do not see or catch what they caught in 2008. I also noticed that there were people that fished the lake much more in 2010. I rarel

hansyfishing02

hansyfishing02

 

Change

WHY DO WIFE'S have to change the location of furniture in the house come spring? Last night I went to go to bed and as usual I did not turn on the bedroom light. I put my hand up against the wall, took one step backwards and sat down on where the bed has been for twenty years, it was not there last night. I missed the bed by maybe six inches but planted myself firmly into the floor on my behind. Being very fall concern I fell as good as I could have hoped for. This of course brought up a heated

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Cheeseburger Basket

MERLE HAGGARD PASSED away the other the day and I can’t say I was really a fan but I have heard of him. Pretty sure we don’t have any of his music in the jukebox at the Lodge but I am also pretty sure we do have a couple of eight tracks of his music hidden away somewhere. Back in the seventies when my buddy Chuck and I drove all over Fish County in my ¾ Chevy pickup with the bed rack that carried the 12’ Jon Boat and the 7.5 hp Clinton outboard we would stop at resorts and his music always seeme

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

On the Edge

RIGHT ON THE edge here at Lake Iwanttobethere as the bass on the thermometer hanging on the wall of the cabin is pointing at forty-one degrees and it is snowing. There is a new base of snow a couple of inches deep for the snow to land on but the stuff on the roof is melting and water coming off the eves outside of the den is audible as it hits the deck. Granddaughter is coming over for a visit which means we will be watching wrastling and playing Yahatze and of course we will be served Pizza rol

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Ground Hog Week

GROUND HOG WEEK here at Lake Iwanttobethere at least it sure felt that way. I had some problems heath wise in the beginning of the week and the DOC asked if I would like to take a week off from treatment as I am doing very good. I jumped at the chance and went home with a smile on my face but not till I got a bag and a half of IV fluid pumped into me. The week was spent grazing when I ate as I have no appetite and a lot of time in bed sleeping and dozing. I don’t hurt when I am sleeping as I am

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Junk Drawer

THE OTHER DAY I found myself polishing the hardware on my den desk and last night since I stayed up all night I found myself cleaning out the junk drawer which is the middle drawer. A little background on the desk here as it is well over a hundred years old. It belonged to a long time lawyer in town who was an uncle to a friend of mine. When the uncle died he willed it to my buddy who held on to it for a few years but when he moved he just didn’t have a place for it. I volunteered to give the de

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Wayne Walk

WELL I OVER did it the past few days working on my to do list and today I am paying for it. Both knees are stiff and sore and I had to take my time getting out of bed. Duncan was not too happy with my progress as he ran to the back door and back to me a few times trying to get me to move faster. With Duncan outside I took a look at the newly painted door and it looks good in the light of day, guess I didn’t miss any spots. Some sunshine coming through the cabin window’s and that is a surprise as

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Peanuts

JUST CAN’T GET warm here at the cabin today, it could be that the wind has been blowing what seems like a steady thirty to forty miles an hour right at the deck door that I was painting inside. I have brass kick plate on the bottom of the door and more brass along the side of the wood deck door that is mostly glass. The brass plates protect the door from the dogs as over the years they would stretch out on it when wanting to go outside and scratch the wood deep. So a lot of tape was used to make

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Tap Beer

NAPS ARE NO longer a dirty word around the cabin here on Hidden Bay. I spent two days staying awake and then have been doing some serious nap time to catch up. If I could I would walk down to Lake Iwanttobethere and give her broad back a coupe of pats, she kept the Spring snow storm away from us who live on her shores. We did get a lot of rain almost, three inches last I heard. But that was better then the 6-8 icy inches of snow that fell away from the lake and then another 4 inches of snow that

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

No Ties

HIYA FROM LAKE Iwanttobethere, was expecting to wake up to several inches of snow this morning but we never cooled off enough to make snow. Heavy rain is falling and we are pretty much drenched. Standing water in the yard and Duncan thought twice when I let him out to do his thing. He didn’t go far from the door as he made a quick trip and was back inside patiently waiting to get his feet wiped dry and a brisk rub of the towel across his back. Of course he being a lab all it took was a couple of

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Creeper

SATURDAY MOTHER NATURE gave us a tease of what is to come. Wind was coming off the lake and it was cold as it crossed the ice and made its way on shore. Around noon the wind shifted and went the other way. I sat on the deck and watched as the red needle on the jumping bass thermometer crept up on sixty and then stopped. Sun was already shinning in a cloudless sky and with the wind shift it was soon tee shirt weather sitting on the deck. Today it is back to being overcast and damp and there is a

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Toes

SUNSHINE IS POURING through the den window here at Lake Iwanttobethere. I have window cracked open and every once in a while I get whiff of fresh mud from the snow free flower bed outside of the window. Almost on cue several crows flew by and their cawing might be a signal to others that Spring is in the air. Sunshine Ray is forecasting a high of fifty-five where as Stormy Clearweather is it is only going to hit fifty. I am no weatherman but I like my chances of calling for a high of Sixty!

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Early Morning

UP EARLY FOR me this morning but that has now been kind of normal. The granddaughter once said that I was solar powered and she may have been on to something there. No real plans for the day but that just means something will find me and need to get done. Some lite snow fell overnight but it is already melting off the roof. I am going to put down snow removal on my today to do list and check it off. I will see if I can get over to my neighbor Chuck’s sometime today I could smell the wood smoke c

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

The Gift

A VERY PRODUCTIVE day today here at the cabin on Hidden Bay. Some light rain fell which is helping with the snow melt and no dripping from the eves as the snow is all gone along with the little ice dams there were on the out buildings roofs. My son in law's birthday today and along with his wife, my daughter I set up a surprise present. Since I know that I am not going to make eighty and even seventy may be a reach I am working on gifting my rifles and shotguns away. I want to keep things in the

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

A Vistor

FIRST OFF I believe that nothing is impossible but a lot of things are highly improbable, Having made that statement I believe in ghosts. During my long stay in the hospital any kind of really good sleep was next to impossible to get. With the drugs I was taking I had more than a few wild dreams interrupted. Most dreams were quickly forgotten but one has hung with me now for more then a week, I was in my hospital bed and the room door was ajar. The bathroom door was open a crack with the light o

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Got a smile

I am beaming here at Lake Iwanttobethere, just back from the DOC’s office where we discussed the current treatment plan. The good news is that my unplanned stay at the hospital last week was a success as my blood work came back today and I am back inside limits on several tests that were way out of bounds and were getting into the critical stages. I did gain 25 pounds in water weight but have already shed it all in the past three days. Let me tell you walking around with all that made balance an

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass