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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:09 AM 06/08/10 (CST)
What would you all throw for LM in a new lake in Western WI (Chippewa Co.) this weekend? It’s about 400 acres, but long, narrow and fairly shallow. Just a few spots where it gets down to 14'. Lots of pads & stumps I’m told. Spawn must be done.

I will have a frog tied on for the vegetation. Would like to hear what else folks would suggest for this particular time of year. thanks





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:08 AM 06/08/10 (CST)
Hey Fishcat-

Hmm...a roughly 400 acre lake in Chippewa county that is fairly shallow and has good largemouth population. My money is on Marsh Miller...? Perhaps Cornell..although a little under the acreage.. Otter would also fit the bill...Potato and Fireside lakes are also similar but just over the line into Rusk county as I recall. I have fished them all a lot...you can pm me if you want and I can fine tune a lure list for you based on that lake. However, my money would be on Marsh Miller.

IF it is then you are correct... LOTS of stumps/pads, etc. Lots of fun to fish because it is so visual! Now as to lures....

Your idea of the frog is good...especially if it is overcast. It will produce fewer bites than other lures... but the average size of fish you catch will normally be bigger.

If I were fishing Marsh Miller this weekend I would have at least four rods with me equipped as follows.....

1. One sporting a 1/4 ounce spinnerbait. It would have a single
Colorado blade on it thus allowing me to keep it up and snaking it
through the weeds/stumps at a slow rate of speed. This would be my
number one go to lure. Skirts that have white, charteruse, or a
form of green would be stellar choices. I also would add a
twister or shad tail to the bait that accentuated one of these
colors.

2. The second would probably have a 5 inch twister tail plastic grub
on it. I personally like Kalin's versions of the 5 inch grub. Team
those up with a 1/8 ounce darter jighead. Fish these more at
structure that is on the outer edge. I.E. deep side of pad edges
or specific stumps, etc. You can't go wrong with stright black or
a black/charteruse combo on this. ALSO.. if you want to catch a
few more fish with perhaps a little less size then downsize the
twister tail to the 3 inch model. The Berley Powerbait 3 inch
twister tail has excelled there for me. Experience has shown me
that straight black is the place to start on the 3 incher.

3. The thick cover means a weedless rigged plastic worm in the 6 inch
range can at times be the hottest ticket around. I have especially
done well with 6 inch ribbon tails. Rig it weedless like a
standard Texas rig... however downsize a good bit on the weights. I
often throw it without any additional weight than the hook and
bait. Let is slink across the pads, etc. and then let it fall into
the holes, edges, and hold on! Again, black, grape, and at times a
shad color can do really well.

4. The top water choice of a frog is good... it is especially good at
getting through the jungle. However, I would probably throw a
buzzbait to start with. The 6 inch worm can do much the same as
the frog... but is far more versatile. However, the buzzbait is
just about as weedless and calls up really big bass. If there is
cloud cover, a slight chop on the water, or it is early or late in
the day it may well produce the biggest fish of the trip.

As a couple of wildcards I would try to have a handful of Sluggos, or similar plastic jerkbaits, ready to go along with a small selection of Johnson Silver Minnows with shad or twister tails on the back. These two wildcards have been the ticket on more than a few days as well.

That should give you some ideas of where to start if you want to target largemouth bass at Marsh Miller... or one of the similar lakes in Chippewa County. Let us know how you did!

Good Fishin To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:48 PM 06/08/10 (CST)
DING! DING! DING!

I actually PM’ed you a few weeks ago and I was hoping you’d see this. Thank You!

So you think they will still be fairly shallow at this time? It’s such a shallow lake to begin with, but it doesn’t sound like we’d need to look for the deeper water yet. I’m thinking all this vegetation will make for some clear water here, correct? I will most definitely have a buzzbait tied on as well. In fact, it will be a Vision Lures Honeybuzz (they are hand made killers). The hollow frog would be for later in the day and I fish them very slow.

If you’re #1 is slow rolling a spinnerbait, I will have one rigged up for sure. This sounds like the kind of place where there's going to be a lot of stump bumpin'.

I’ve never fished a 5” grub. I may pick up a bag or 2 now or maybe I’ll target the outside edges with a weightless Yamamoto Fat Ika instead. Unless you swim the grub? Is it supposed to imitate a baitfish? Or do you pitch it to cover?

Have been thinking about a Senko vs. a Ribontail. Will now bring more Ribbontails!

You da’ man Jason. Thanks again!





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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:28 AM 06/09/10 (CST)
Hey Fishcat-

I'm sorry I didn't see the pm from you. I went and took a look after I saw your post.

You asked, "So you think they will still be fairly shallow at this time? It’s such a shallow lake to begin with, but it doesn’t sound like we’d need to look for the deeper water yet"

I would start in the 2-5 foot range and use the spinnerbait to manuever through the stumps and pads...throw the buzzbait some and also bring it through the obvious structure...and/or the weedless spoon. If you are at a specific stump.. or have a few hits in an general area slow down and pitch the weedless plastic worm into the area and work it through a little more thoroughly. Doing this can turn a 2 fish area into a 5 fish area.

However, if you have tried this for a while and are not getting much action then I would go out to the deeper, say 6-12 foot stumps, brush, grass and pad edges. This is where I would use the 5 inch (or 3 inch Berkley powerbait)twister tail jigworm/grub. There are ALWAYS active fish at the edge... if may or may not be the best first choice. However, if the shallow bite is off a little then go to the deeper edge. You could also use a lighter jig-n-pig combo. However, my personal preference is the 5 inch twister tail grub, (or 3 inch Berkley powerbait twister tail grub). None the less, if you have greater confidence in one or the other give it a try!

You asked, "I’ve never fished a 5” grub. I may pick up a bag or 2 now or maybe I’ll target the outside edges with a weightless Yamamoto Fat Ika instead. Unless you swim the grub? Is it supposed to imitate a baitfish? Or do you pitch it to cover?".

The Fat Ika will do just fine. If you have confidence in it then it will serve you well. If you have a buddy I would have one fish the Yammato bait and one the 5 inch, or 3 inch, twister tail jigworm/grub. The grub has more action..so see if you can find which pattern ,the more active grub and more subtle Fat Ika, that the fish are prefering that day. As far as action on the grub goes... normally I hop it along the bottom in 6-18 inch hops along the bottom. If I can I will also let it fall along the weeds and then snap it off them as that will often trigger fish. However, you can also altar the cadence and swim it like a baitfish. It is SO versatile in using it along the bottom or to swim it...but try both.

You said, "This sounds like the kind of place where there's going to be a lot of stump bumpin'".

You have the idea! The more cover contact you make the better it will be. Keep the spinnerbait up enough in the water column that you can see it during the retrieve and manipulate it against cover and strike/grate against it. However, if you find the fish action a little slow in the shallower water then don't hesitate to hit the deeper edge.

Keep us posted and let us know how you do!

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:05 AM 06/10/10 (CST)
Thanks again for such through advice. I really appreciate it! I'll let you know next week how we did.





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:30 PM 06/15/10 (CST)
Well, the weather was crazy; sun then rain then cold then storms. Made the fishing a little difficult. Plus, the place was packed with crappie anglers! There were pontoon boats, with little bobbers surrounding them on all sides, all over the place. It was sort of funny. The northerns were a bit of a pain too. Caught a few of those and lost at least a half dozen lures to them. And, dang, those stumps were intimidating at first. Got hung up pretty good one time too.

We ended up with about 40 bass though. No big girls, but super fun. The first afternoon was all a swim-jig bite. Then the next day was t-rigged Paca craws pitched to shoreline cover and wacky worms to isolated stumps. Then yesterday, the best day, was frogs in the pads in the morning and buzzbaiting the shoreline in the rain till 1pm. That was fantastic fishing! Biggest fish was about 3.5lbs in the pads. Most fish came of a black buzzbait when it was raining. Nothing was biting when it poured though. So, lot of dinks, but a lot of 2+ ponders like the one below and we had a blast!








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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 06:49 AM 06/16/10 (CST)
Hey FishCat,

You mind if I post that pic on the pics pages?



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:08 AM 06/16/10 (CST)
Yeah man; fine with me.




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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 06:53 AM 06/21/10 (CST)
Hey FishCat,

I added your pic. I hope you don't mind, but I adjusted some color curves on it and brightened it up a bit.

Your photo album is loctaed here...

http://myfishingpals.com/minnesota-fishing-pictures.taf?function=username&photoid=1594

Off to a good start, eh?





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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:00 AM 07/08/10 (CST)
Hey Fishcat-

I somehow missed your post after your trip. I was out of town for a few days and guess it just slipped by me.

Sounds like you had some challenges with the crappie anglers there en masse on pontoons, shifting weather, and the northerns taking a few baits home with them! None the less it also sounds like you were able to boat a good many bass. Excellent! Anytime you can boat 40 plus bass, with a few 3-4 pounders in the mix, and a few bonus northern it was a good trip.

Isn't it a fun lake to fish in terms of the visual structure?

If you had been able to have stable weather and no mass floatillas of crappie fishermen you might well have hit 100 fish...it happens there on occasion.

Anyway... glad you had a good time! Hope your buddy felt it was worth the extra drive.

Good Fishin To Ya!

Jason
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