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River Rookie plainning LM Bass trip: Help


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Hello All,

I want to get out largemouth fishing and I would like to hit the Mississippi. I have benn on the River for walleyes near Red Wing, but this would be my first bass outing.

Would I have better Largemouth territory between Wabasha (I know there are good accesses just south of Wabasha) and Winona, or can I get by in the Red Wing area. I am hoping to fish backwaters.

Finally, if I can get into backwaters, any suggestions for presentations: I would think spinner baits slow rolled out of the shallows. ARe plastics too slow for the colder water and time of year on the river?

Thanks,

RandyFish

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Randy....Most definitely lower pool 4 (Wabasha) and pool five.

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I would definately stay on the lower end of 4 near Wabasha. There are a lot of back waters and other structure in this area that will give you a lot of opprotunities to catch some nice largemouth.

Start by looking at a map of the area or your GPS, whatever you prefer. Look for the back water areas and have at it. The fish are in the late stages of pre-spawn and are holding pretty tight to cover. Also, look for the warmer water, water 6-8 degrees warmer than the main channel.

As for baits, spinner baits will work ok, but I would stick to plastics such as tubes, craws and lizards in black/ blue, and green colors.

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