We were on vacation for some time and spent a little time in Northern Minnesota during the week visiting family and friends and never seem to have enough time to spend in this great state. The fishing was top notch as usual on this small lake that my parents live on and lived up to my previous years of fishing there.
When we didnt take the boat out I would fish with my son on the dock and he was enjoying fish after fish while fishing with T.H.E. Jig. He used one jig the time that we were there and caught numerous numbers of sunnies, crappies, perch and bass. He was really enjoying being able to walk out of the house and onto the dock and start catching fish right away. He is hooked on the sport of fishing and really couldnt get enough of it while we were there.
When the wife and I would take the boat out we only fished one spot that consisted of an underwater hump that came out of 25 feet of water and topped out at 8 feet with weeds on top. She was using the weightless fluke baits and that seemed to be working mainly in the evening and caught numerous bass up to 2.5 pounds. She was casting it out and working it slowly above the weeds and the fish were nailing it at times cast after cast. Tried this technique in the morning but was not as effective at all and we figured that the bass were cruising the tops of the weeds looking for food in the evening.
Since she was concentrating on the top part of the water column I decided to look at the bottom of the water column. I would anchor the boat either on the face side or the back side of this particular hump. Then I would cast the tube bait into deeper water and slowly bring it up the hump towards the weeds and that is where I was catching all of my fish.
The fish that I was catching in this area were of a better quality but you had to work harder at catching them. The slower I worked it the better size of fish was being caught and when you would get to the edge of the weeds, the sparse quantity of weeds on the edge of the top of this hump seem to have concentrations of fish on them. The first time out wasnt productive doing this but the next two times out were very productive and I had caught my biggest yet from this lake. Of the three outings we had to this hump, there was 40-50 bass caught there from 1 to over 4 pounds.
We havent found too many areas like this one but by reading the electronics and looking around and seeing what the lay of the land was like made for a few great outings. To bad that our time in MN was short but at the same time was sweet with the numbers and size of fish caught. Looking forward to getting back again but it will be a while before this is happening.
People who fish for food, and sport be damned, are called pot-fishermen. The more expert ones are called crack pot-fishermen. All other fishermen are called crackpot fishermen. This is confusing. ~ Ed Zern, 1947