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JBMasterAngler

First Time On Cass...No Beginner's Luck

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I went to cass this holiday weekend and couldn't buy a fish! The weather was killer...I got rained on, blown around, etc. I trolled cranks, jointed rapalas, drifted and jigged livebait, even fished bait under a bobber. All I got for my efforts were a pumpkinseed and a rock bass. Not quite what I was looking for.

However, I camped at norway beach and I love it there! I'm gonna try to get another trip up there sometime this summer. The area was great and I hope cass will become an annual trip for me.

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Sorry to hear about the fishing report... Norway is a great camping area... As for fishing I was out on Sunday for four hours and the fishing was tough. We managed 5 walleyes and a bunch of hammer handle pike.. The jumbo perch bite was picking up though... On Monday the bite turned on. I had two clients out and we managed I think 16-19 walleyes in 4 hours.. They kept 9 and tossed back some other nice eaters.

The weather is, has, and will be the story for the next few weeks... Wind, Rain, and cold was the headline, but now it seems to be wind and rain... The fish I have been targeting have been on the steep drops with a Northland Fireball tipped with a Shinner.. Surface water temp was around 56-58 degrees and I can't wait to start using crawlers!!!!

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    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
    • gimruis
      I like Clearwater too.  I haven't fished in in a couple years now but I used to and we caught a lot of fish out there.  The one negative was all the competition - there seemed to be a tournament almost every weekend. Another overlooked place to target smallmouth: RIVERS.  The Sauk River and the Mississippi between St Cloud and Elk River is plum full of bass and receives minimal fishing pressure (its just my opinion but rivers in general are very under fished here in MN).
    • Stephen L Johnston Jr.
      Thanks for the share Fitz! I noticed you guys had a couple of nice ones on saturdays event, i was curious how thatcame about. Congratulations on the crazy weekend!
    • Uncle Levi
      I have an STP frog cutter so I make my own.  
    • Surface Tension
      The torque tab counters the pull caused by the rotation of the prop.   Trimming the outboard in or out(up & down) can make a pull show up or go away.   Your Merc uses an allen wrench or a socket and extension to reach the bolt to loosen the torque tab.  Merc uses a right hand rotation.  If the bow wants to turn right by itself you would move the torque tab towards to the center.
    • ANYFISH2
      Thanks, a day well spent with a good person for sure. Thanks again for the work you put in at the end of the trip!  Your fishing needs to get in better shape I think!😓
    • Wanderer
      You and that Senko were dialed in, no doubt about that!  I think if the wind wasn’t as harsh we could’ve explored the deeper water a little better and maybe got the jig bite dialed in on the hens.  Either way it was a fantastic fishing experience. Some day I’ll try a Senko - maybe. 😃   I think you’ll do very well there this weekend.  Thanks again for taking me with.  It was the best day of open water fishing I’ve had for some time, both fishing and partner wise.
    • Finns
      Made my wife move to the other side of the boat... Great weight shift!😅  Had to cook my own supper that night. ☹️
    • slammer
      Kinda quiet here.  Ive been out a number of times and have had a hard time finding anything consistent for active fish,  crappies or eyes.  Did ok this past weekend but fish were" one here and one there".  Cold front Sat. didn't help.  Looking forward to the weekend with some stable weather and a better bite.