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Bass Lake report


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I was out on Bass Lake near Clearwater lake today with a friend from 1 til 4. We tried varied depths and lures and ended up with only 1 small sunny and a 14 inch northern, both of which went back. Sorry, not much of a report.

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I too was on Bass, but Monday morning and off before 10:00 a.m. Things were slow, save for the small largemouths I couldn't keep off the line no matter where I fished. My fishing bud and I ask each other before we go fishing, "You wanna' catch fish or go fishing?" We end up at Bass about 3 times per week throughout the summer. Pure, uncongested enjoyment. Strictly catch and release, but we sure hook up a lot of 24" and better northerns and more largemouths than a guy can keep track of. Friendly locals, too. Hoping Bass Opener offers a little better weather (although Monday was gorgeous).

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Spent about 40-minutes on Sugar this morning, picking up 4 identical largemouths at 14-inches. Switched to big spoons to lose the bass' interest. It worked, but interested nothing else.

Pulled and ran over to Bass Lake and dropped in. While parking the truck, my son tossed a spinner up the channel from shore and socked a 20-inch largemouth. Nice fish. A little on the lean side, but had a decent bucketmouth. We stayed away from the docks, etc., so as not to be targeting bass and worked a little deeper water for northerns. Only picked up one hammer-handle and 10 bass. My regulars just crapped out on me for the opener tomorrow, so I guess it's off to the flea market with the wife. Give it a whirl on Sunday.

Good fishin' to all...

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Have never seen more than a half dozen trailers in this launch until today; we had 17 before noon. Hot, calm day. Bite was a tad slow casting Vibratrons, however I saw some northerns being pulled on minnows. We wrapped up with our usual catch (& release) of bass, including two (2) girthy 19-inchers.

Sugar looked pretty active (early) and Indian Lake launch was full by the time we left around 8:00 a.m.

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I guess that people read this stuff before they head out to the lake.

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grin.gif Gotta' hope! Otherwise, why bother to post? As long as no one has a steady penchant for fryin' up bass, the fishery should remain strong. The locals appear to target mostly panfish -- and there are plenty. Haven't bumped into many northerns so far this year. Took my 19-year old niece out there last night for about 90-minutes. Newbie altogther, never mind she was using a spinning reel. She did great and boated 10 bass and 3 northerns. Bass ran 14" to 18.5" (heavy-bodied fish). Starting to think it may be the same fish, because we keep pulling (one) 18" - 19" bass from the same 20 sq. yd. patch of water each trip - and on the same lure. Her northerns were cookie-cutter copies at 23". Fun to have a new fisherperson aboard and revisit the thrill they experience on an active evening of fishing!
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That bass was probably on a nest. They will keep biting as long as they're protcting the nest. I caught one on the Gull Lake channel that was close to 5 lbs. Then my Dad caught it twice, another guy on the other side of the channel, then I caught it again, all within an hour on crappie minnows. Thanks for the reports, keep 'em coming!

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Sorta' was my thinking, too, but had never been able to confirm it. Your experience would seem to support the theory for sure! We're usually in such a rush to return the fish to the water, we never look closely enough for some kind of distinguishing mark or feature. We take a lot of digital pics, so I may have to compare them some day.

Headed to Kabetogama next Friday for the 17th consecutive year. My brothers, some of their boys, and I go swing in the trees with our jungle hammocks for about 10-days, pretty much living off our creel and whatever I dehydrated to supplement our meals. Some years are much leaner than others and I keep trying to get them to just live in my garage for a week and fish the Annadale area. grin.gif Oh well, their loss. I think they enjoy the feeling of beating nature and surviving the wind, storms, bugs and BEARS... lots and lots of bears.

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