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It's Bass Time! (photos included)

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WHITE BASS that is! smile.gif

Not wanting to let an absolutely gorgeous weekend slip through our fingers, Darren (Dtro) and myself snuck up the Minnesota River this weekend with hopes of finding some fish, specifically white bass or channel cats. We were armed with spinning rods, catfish rods, jigs, plastics, and cutbait. You name it, we were prepared to fish for it. Ummm... almost prepared, we forgot to bring nightcrawlers with. Doh! To be honest, we were not sure what to expect and were willing to adjust to conditions and adjust to fishing for fish that would bite.

We hit a couple spots that looked like they'd hold fish and marked a lot of fish on the depthfinder. Those marks could be bait schools, they could be fish, but we couldn't confirm one way or the other on our first few spots.

We continued on narrowing our search to areas of slack water immediately adjacent to current. We slowed down our technique a little vertical jigging plastics right on these current breaks when bam! Fish on! She was not a big one but our confidence level clicked up a notch with one fish in the boat.

Here's the man Dtro with White Bass #1 for the day!

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Shortly after Darren's fish, I connected as well on a small White Bass on a very large ringworm.

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We pulled 5 or 6 small White Bass out of this spot and decided to move on. We kept looking for tight current seams with slack, slack water near the shore. You really can't fish the main channel right now with the current so its imperative to find calm water.

Our next spot produced a vicious strike and hookup for myself that bulldogged under the boat when the hook popped out. We'll have no idea what that fish was but it felt good and pulled hard. If I was to guess, I'm going to say it was a big cat (10+ pounds) by the way it pulled. Oh man... the heart was pumping hard after that.

I kept casting back to the same area when I got hit again after a few minutes. This time, it was a White Bass though, one VERY LARGE White Bass! Its been awhile since I've been excited like this but this whitey was huge, and what a fun fight!

Here she is... 3 Pound White Bass! My personal best. smile.gif

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The tape doesn't lie either, that fish is darn near 18" long.

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Shortly after getting photos of that piggie bass, Dtro went and put on a plastics for roughfish clinic as he caught these 2 Buffalo back to back on paddletails.

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But the White Bass marathon was just warming up. We made a short move and was it a good decision. Our next spot was full of whites that were more than willing to bite. Over the next few hours, we C&R'd another 20 or so White Bass in all sizes. We did pull another 3-4 fish in that 17", 2 1/2lb range.

Here's me with another brute!

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And here's Dtro with a beauty as well!

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Once we started to put the pattern together, it was almost too easy. smile.gif Current seams, slack water adjacent to main river current, and eddies all produced a few fish. We pitched jigs and plastics and hopped them back to the boat and caught fish. Vertical jigging under the boat produced fish.

My favorite technique was vertical jigging the "flathead lair". smile.gif The flathead lair was a pile of wood floating on the water that I dropped my plastic next to and got smacked right away by a whitey. I told Darren I would keep pulling fish out of that spot and I got 2 more back to back after that one.

Wow! What a day on the water! I had to remind myself that we had 2-3 inches of snow on the ground 5 days ago and now I've got a sunburn to prove that summer is here.

If you're going to go... bring your mud tires. Yikes!

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Fish'n guy

Nice Job boys!! Looks like fun!! wink.gif

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harvey lee

It looks like you guys had a great day. smile.gif I checked out the Jordan landing and there was plenty of mud along with a huge log right across the landing. frown.gif

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DTro

yeah, sure was a fun time.

Is this what you saw in Jordan wink.gif

Stopped by on my way home. Doesn't look good. Where are the mud fairies when you need them?

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harvey lee

Tough to land a boat there. That what it looked like Saturday at 11am. Tonight after supper, you could take your chain saw and shovel and clean it all up. Then I can go fishing. smile.gif

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DTro

Did you say you were coming over to shovel?

Cool grin.gif

I forgot to add this from yesterday

Any Questions? grin.gif

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Gordie

nice fish guys. Its starting to get the blood pumpin but I got all the spring chores to do(honey do list) and then theirs turkey hunting (I know excuses) now it sounds like in order to go fishing you got get a little muddy GOD I cant wait to get on the river and feel the mud between my toes and a fish on the line.

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DTro

Quote:

feel the mud between my toes


perhaps the mud fairy I spoke of earlier. grin.gifgrin.gif

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warmwaterflyfisher

Very impressive. I'm a fly fisherman trying to go out for the first time and fly rod for white bass. Never fished the MN river or for white bass. Any areas/depts I should be looking for? I understand they are a schooling fish but how deep to you have to fish them? I don't want to seem smart about this subject as I'm not so I'll just shut up and look for some advice. Thanks for your help.

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rushing

I think fly fishing the MN river right now is almost impossible. The water is high and fast. But if you are really after them then your best bet is to fish around with a spinning rod with a jig until you find some then switch over to a fly rod with a very fast sinking line and a heavy fly.

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Gordie

I know I'm strange but if you shovel the access free from mud I'll grant you three fishes

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DARK30

Got home from trout fishing down southeast and proceeded directly to the river for some white action. They are definitely on the feed. water 64 degrees where I was!

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Bigeye30"

Quote:

I don't want to seem smart about this subject as I'm not so I'll just shut up and look for some advice.


LOL thats the best thing i've ever heard from you, lol

Thanks for posting those pics, I think I caught one of those two winters ago through the ice and had no idea what it was, might have to target them now in that lake. I have to look at the photos again, but those certainly look familiar.

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