Well, I have been back for about 4 days just playing catch up so I haven't had a chance to stop here yet..
This was the first time I have ever been to MN and I tell ya that I would quit my job and move there in a sec..
We only had about 2 days of really nice weather however I couldn't complain about anything the fishing was great and the scenery was awesome..
I took my boy with me and this is the first time he has ever had a chance to catch anything other than pan fish. The first couple of days I think he caught 4 or 5 bass and 5 pike.. We throw about everything back but for someone who has never had a chance to fish like this it was a trip of a life time.. I think I limited out on bass large and small at least 4 days.. And caught more pike then I can shake a stick at..
It was a blast.. We stayed at Fall Lake in Ely. The one day it rained all day we went to the wolf and bear center.. I also got to see a wild wolf one morning. I didn't get a chance to see any moose or bear but I figured a wolf was good enough..
I never did get in to any walleye I think my patience wasn't there for that. But either way we had a blast.
Seeing a wolf in the wild is very rare. They are very elusive are rarely want to be anywhere near humans.
Although hearing them at night howling is fairly common and is a very cool thing to hear.
Glad that you were able to get into some fish. What sort of size were the bass and pike? I am assuming you were catching mainly smallmouth bass?
Anyways, congrats on a good trip. I am sure it will only lead to more trips in the future. I've always thought that the two best fishing trips in your life are the one you just got back from and the one you are looking forward to going on next.
I didn't get to hear any howling in the wild however at the wolf center I got to hear the pack howl when the brought the pups out and that was awesome.
Actually large mouth bass was what we caught more of than anything.. I think thats mainly because of what we were using.. See here in MO smalls are not as common.. But I used a top water torpedo and had an absolute blast with those..
I would say average size was around 1.5 to 2lb. We had a few 3-4lb fish caught and 1 5lb small caught out of our group. My buddy who did limit out everyday was using "brush hogs" which I had none of them so I used a tequila sunrise berkeley power worm.. He also caught a walleye which measured 28" but only weighed 4lbs.. It didn't look to healthy..
Anyways, this group has gone the last 9 years and this was my first but I will go as long as I'm physically able to..
I did the same thing. I moved to Texas for about 5 years and also lived in Florida. This was back when Duluth went through some tough times and all the iron ore plants up north were shutting down. After being gone that long, I couldn't wait to get back to Minnesota. It's where I grew up and it's where I am going to stay... now.
As far as I'm concurrened Minnesota has the highest quality most diverse fishing in the country. Muskie, walleye, bass and panfish fishing are well managed and there are ample opportunites for quality fishing. Thank you MN DNR. One place the MN DNR has dropped the ball, in my opinion, is northern pike fishing. Overharvest has destroyed quality pike fishing on all but a few lakes that are properly regulated. Even with that said it's easy to go out and get a limit of little northerns for the frying pan. Taking them out of the lake is actually healthy for the lake as they eat a lot of other fish and forage. Just remember to release the big ones.
Made it back... MN Rocks!!! - - -
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