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Netdewt
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:40 PM 07/08/12 (CST)
I have relatives with cabins on Girl Lake (easy to get to Woman) and Lake Washburn, both in Cass County. I didn't grow up fishing, so I don't really know what I'm doing. My kids are getting to the age that they really enjoy going fishing, and while it's not very serious, neither am I! I'd like to get better though so I can take my kids fishing and have a good time.

I have a friend coming up to Washburn with me soon, and I'd like to scope out where, when, how to fish the lake. How can I go about that? I can find depth maps and such, but I don't really know how to translate them into good spots for fishing.

Generally I use leeches or worms and jigs because they are easy. I have a nice little Rapala collection also and I have caught several smallmouth and northern with them last year. I have a Jitterbug which has also gotten some bass, but I've never had good luck with the rubber frog things. I also got some rubber leech worm things, but haven't tried them yet.

Thanks for any help.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:27 PM 07/08/12 (CST)
Hey Netdewt. Welcome to MFP.com!!

Sounds like you're looking to freshen up your own skills; is that right? What are you fishing for? Sounds like everything? You can pretty much catch anything on what you have! Now it's a matter of finding them. I'm a bass guy so I look for weeds. Shallower weeds in the morning/evening, deeper weeds (or weed edges) during the day. Don't be too afraid to throw your bait right into the middle of it too; especially that rubber frog. But, for the most part, look for differences in the weed edges, i.e. holes, bumps, points, little pockets.

For something new, I actually think Senko worms are a great for kids. (They happen to be great for adults too wink smiley)

You can Texas Rig them with the hook exposed or "skin hooked", keeping the barb inside the plastic so it doesn't snag weeds. Both use a 3-4/0 EWG (Extra Wide Gap) hook but a straight shank Worm Hook works well too.

"Wacky Rigging" them is a blast as well. That's using a smaller hook and rigging it in the middle so the Senko wiggles around like a tasty morsel just waining to be picked off by a hungry bass. You cast it out, shake the bait to make it quiver, let it sit, reel it a few feet and repeat. Think Yo-Yo. Most folks downsize to the 4" Senko when Wacky Rigging. Even though the hook is exposed, you throw these everywhere! Drop them in weed holes, hit the edges of a lilly pad field, next to fallen trees, under docks and on the shady side of every dock piling you see.

Google those terms or let me know if you want more details!



P.S. Every bait company makes a "Stick Worm". You can find great baits for a cheaper than the GYCB "Senko". NetBait has the Salt Lick, Northland has the Dipstick, Strike King has the Ocho, Big Bite has the Trick Stick, Yum has the Yum Dinger, etc. Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander all have their own too.






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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:41 PM 07/10/12 (CST)
Thanks for the tips!

I will have access to a boat with a depth finder, and I found one tip specific to the lake I'm on online. There was also an article in the newspaper this weekend about using slip bobber rigs for walleye. I guess I'll be stopping at Cabela's on the way up!
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:55 AM 07/13/12 (CST)
Hey Netdewt,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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