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kt

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kt

Just got back from our annual family vacation to the alexandria area. The fishing was great once again. It seems like the bass population continues to get better, especially in size. We caught more bass over three pounds than we ever have before during our weeks stay. In fact, there were at least three days where our biggest eight bass each morning all were 17.5 inches or bigger. We caught them on a variety of techniques, topwater, spinnerbaits, texas rigged tubes and worms, and jig worms, but the top producer was a 3/8 ounce watermelon jig paired with a 3" power frog. We found most of the fish to be relating to the weedline. Both the deep weedline and the inside weedline were productive. We also hammered them one morning up in scattered patches of bulrush with rocks and weeds mixed in.
The walleyes even bit for the relatives that went in search of them. It was a great week, besides the cool weather, and im looking forward to makeing a couple more weekend trips up to the area before school starts.

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fishman50

Congratulations on the good week. I agree, the bass fishing here is getting better every year as catch and release catches on more and more. A question, what kind of areas did you fish early in the morning? What baits did you use?
Thanks

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ghotierman

good to hear you had a great week, kt. Hopefully it'll get better and better as fall approaches. Were you fishing the Chain?
Just curious.

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kt

Hey ghotierman,

Actually we weren't fishing the chain.

We were fishing lake andrew. We have been taking a weekly family vacation up to the alexandria area for the last 13 years with the last few years being spent on lake andrew. It's not really known too well for it's bass population. In fact, up until the last two years we hardly ever saw anybody fishing for bass on it. Most guys were after the walleyes. It's a nice lake to fish, especially if you don't want to have a lot of competition over spots.

Hopefully i can get up to the area for a few more weekends this summer. I really want to put some more time into fishing the chain.

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The first couple days, we started out fishing isolated patches of reeds and points and alleys in the reeds. We found a number of schools by quickly covering water with spinnerbaits and sammys. We found a couple of schools that must have held at least 20 bass each, mostly 1 and 2 lbers but a few 3's mixed in. The hot bite in the reeds died down after the big coldfront went through. We also had a lot of success in the weeds that were located between reed patches.
Another good area for us was a steep dropoff that had a good deep and inside weedline on it. We caught a bunch of nice fish on spinnerbaits and sammys cast up into about 3 feet of water and then worked toward the inside weedline and overtop of the weedline. We fished the deep weedline with jigs, t-rigged worms/tubes, and jigworms. The fish seemed to be really grouped up on the inside weedline and a couple turns in the deep weedline. Another key was finding bare spots in the weeds.

Our most productive spot for big fish was a point that had scattered coontail and cabbage on it. We caught bass on the tip of the point, the inside turns in the weedline, and the inside weedline. We also caught bass right on top of the point and on the edges. Jigs and t-rigged worms were the primary lures we used on this spot. The average size on this point was unbelievable. We maybe caught one bass that was under 2 lbs here. With a bunch of 18" and a couple 19".

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