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Bass Report? Chester? Mississippi? Winona?


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Gonna get my son up early some day this long week end and try for some bass. Haven't heard / read much about Chester, Winona lake or the Miss for bass lately. What's cooking?

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Chester has tossed out some decent fish of late. While some people are finding them troublesome to get to hit, I think it is more of an issue of how they are fishing rather than the fish are not there or are stunted. I know of three or four 14+"ers coming to the net in the last week.

Weedlines and wood with plastic has been the key. Purple firetail worm got two of these fish mentioned, if you are looking for a color to start with.

The Zumbro will give you bass using a number of techniques, but I'd say working weedlines, docks and shallower wood will produce the best right now. Jig/pork and plastics.

There were some reports a week or so ago that Lake Winona was showing some bass activity, but it has quieted down again.

The Miss. River backwaters at Wabasha and down stream will be about nuts with bass. And the smallies should put on a show for you if you hit on the Tipiota Point riprap.

If you want to stay on foot, you could do the Country Club pits. I'd concentrate on the smaller pit directly behind the Mayo parking lot. Plastics.

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The weedbeds in the backwaters of the Mississippi have been producing largemouth with plastics along the edges and some have been taken off topwaters too...

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Thanks for the comments, Crappie Tom and Big Doctor.

I fished out of Wabasha last late August and did well for bass on wing dams etc. Didn't know if this time of year would be OK or not. And the water level is in the 9 foot range vs. 7 foot last August but sounds like could be OK...especially if went early enough to beat 4th of July boating traffic. I don't think of Zumbro enough. Haven't really tried it at all for bass. Just crappies years ago.

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Cove....

The Zumbro has a decent bass population, but the traffic can be real agitating.

River levels are considerably higher than a year ago.We've had tons of rain where the watersheds affect the big drink and the corps of engineers is holding water back to allow for the drawdown on pool 5. Wingis should produce fish if they can find the current breaks.

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Yeah, Thanks Crappie Tom. I have decided to wait on the Miss until water is down some and go to Chester tomorrow instead. Will see how goes. If calm may start with surface stuff early then switch to Gulp stuff etc. I will probably be too dirty to see week lines but will try and will fish timber areas. I will leave a post upon return.

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    • Kettle
      Water temp creeped into the 50s finally. 2 man limit
    • Rick
    • Raven77
      Water level is going down, but slowly.  My dock frame was 6" underwater last week and I can just see it above water today.  It's going to take time.
    • TomWehler
      My lil island front iron crib dock also under bout six inches. No Good! Lil higher than this time May 2008.  😮😮🥅🏒😮 No good to drop west dock for lifts as that would be under also n lift rails n pads be just but under water.  No Good! Marauder Boys miss the lake too. Happened before in my 26 years out there n will happen again so we just deal doing other stuff off lake n enjoy it all. Fun being a Shore Rat for shallow Crappies around home lakes. Bust a move n keep in the Grove. 🏒🥅🤩 We figure by anniversary June 12 th level drop enuff we sneek out in smaller Lund n fix up n open up? 🤩 Best of luck to ya but be safe. This lake is deeper n darker than you or I know…🤩 Big Smiles n Keep on Rocken! T    Did'nt intend to have pic so big....Geeezzz.  
    • redlabguy
      We’re in the same boat. Actually I’d like to be in any boat. Our island cabin dock frame is about six inches under water. I hear that water is not rising which gives hope it will fall but I think Memorial Day is too optimistic, at least for us. You should think about other plans?
    • Djsnej123456
      looking to do some kayak bass fishing on Clearwater lake by Annandale. Are there any Other landings other than the one on the far south west end? Was wondering how the fishing is on the east end but that is a heck of a paddle. Appreciate any feedback. 
    • mbeyer
      Water levels seems to be topic of the day. I'm visiting over Memorial Day week. Docks are not in on the island where I stay. Wondering if the water is going down? What do the rivers look like? Are they just pouring our water?? Is water level 6" lower than a few days ago?
    • Rick G
      Couple prespawn creek smallies
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    • Rick G
      Finding plenty of fish around the area lately. Water on most of our area lakes and rivers is very high. Most of the panfish have moved from those back bay areas and are staging for the spawn. You can find the pannies tucked in the weeds right now close to those spawning beds. Casting small jigs without a float to pockets of vegetation or to outside the pencil reeds has been working well. 
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