Even though it was after 8PM and fast getting dark I made the decision to try going fishing in the snow. I turned onto the Grumpy Old Man Hole road at Richardson Corners. About a 1/4 mile down I had to brake really hard to avoid hitting a deer. The back seat that is up and supposed to prevent the minnows from tipping over wasn't locked in place and gave way. The minnow bucket spilled over with such force that the latch gave way and the top of the bucket came completely off. So basically I had a catastrophic failure of the two things that are supposed to prevent this from happening. When I looked back and saw minnows flitting around I reached back, got the minnow bucket upright and proceeded immediately to the GOMH. There I discovered only 2 minnows and very little water left in the minnow bucket. I spent over half an hour trying to get all the minnows. Not an easy task under the passenger side front seat of the Kia. I decided fishing was out and headed home.
I managed to find 2 more minnows when I got home. Hopefully I got them all.
Well that sucked!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
(This video is must watch)KVD & Zona went out an absolutely smoked the pre-spawn giants last week, because the state of Michigan came to it's senses two years ago and did away with a totally closed season for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Now Michigan anglers are free to immediately catch and release fish to their hearts content during the whole pre-spawn period. The state of MN gave us two extra weeks of catch and release fishing. I really hope that within the next couple of years this state revisits it's closed season for bass and once and for all goes catch and release just like Michigan did.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
|2" Storm Swim Shad will catch almost everything|
Follow my latest trips on the Fishing Log Blog. I've been catching a good mix of fish including another bowfin last night.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
|12.9" Glow Demon & Minnow|
Friday, April 07, 2017
|In the water, lousy picture|
Conditions: 54-48℉, Mostly Sunny, Windy out of the NW, (Water Temp 54-47℉)
So I remembered I forgot the camera I prefer to use when I was half way to the lake. Then on the drive in to access the bolt that was holding the back of the fender on the driver side broke. Fortunately it didn't touch the tire. I duct taped it up. Then I put the trolling motor wires on backwards, Doh! I was like great the trolling motor doesn't work, but then I noticed my bonehead move. Put them on the right way and it works.
The motor started just fine and ran great. I marked a point that comes out on the NW side then went into the RPO Bay. As I worked my way back I started seeing baitfish. Some pads were half way to the surface already. I started seeing some sunfish and a few bass. It was tough to see in the wind and there is only about 2 and a half feet of visibility as it is. Finally I caught a sunny.
|7" T.H.E. Jig|
|14.25" Cubby & Minnow.|
|7" THE Jig|
Saturday, April 01, 2017
I didn't get skunked today thanks to Bulldog Lake. I was pretty surprised fish didn't move into the GOMH today.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Ice still at the Platte Lake Access Tonight
Well I'll be dipped in bull manure, Platte Lake did not open up today according to my reckoning. Being able to drive by boat from the Public Access to Jenny's. Unbelievably the NE wind didn't completely eat away the ice in front of the access today.
|Rock looking North|
|Rock looking South|
|17.75" Cubby & Minnow|
Rock was open for business. Even heard my first loons out there tonight.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
|18" Cubby w/Minnow|
Conditions: 50-46℉, Partly Cloudy, Windy out of the NW
Long Lake Ice Gone
Platte was a surprise with the Eastern side of the lake ice free.
|The view from Jenny's Access. (That is West Point on the left.)|
|Oops, didn't get it focused right.|
|Red Wing Blackbird|
1 Toothy Bullhead
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Goal Achieved: #7 Under Technique And Tackle
I never got around to official opening the Tackle Warehouse last year. I don't store much of my tackle in it anymore. It's mostly full of old junk and extra plastics. Sometimes I use my little man cave to work on securing my jig and spinnerbait skirts so they don't fall apart.
Today I was after some dogfish candy.
I haven't used a pork frog in several years. I won both my first and second Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship's with pork frog. I thought it's about high time I get back to using them to chase another title.
It was such a nice day today. In addition to playing around in the tackle warehouse for most of the afternoon, I also got the Muse Gold/Daiwa Emblem combo spooled up with 10lb Fireline. I headed out to check the lakes around 6:40PM. I fished quite a while at Bulldog, but didn't get a anything there.
I would say Bulldog is 1/8th open. I little more progress on Rock Lake.
|There is an open spot at the sunken island|
As for Platte/Sullivan ice hasn't pulled away from the Eastern side of the lake for the most part yet. From the access it looked like a different story on the NW side.
It looked like the SPRO was now totally open (no picture). Channel Inn Bay was open.
|View toward the Small Island|
I think Platte is about 1/8th open as well.
|Looking to the SW GOMH|
|Single C-130 Flying to Ft. Ripley. Normally there is two of them|
I really thought I might catch something at the GOMH tonight. There was some baitfish activity and a muskrat scarred something out of the bulrushes that made a fast moving V wake and no muskrat ever came up that I could tell. I had a lively minnow on too. I stayed until it was dark and I could no longer see the bobber. I think the total lack of current moving under the bridge is why I didn't get anything tonight. The anticipation of getting that first open water fish of the year and the warm weather made for a fun trip even if I did get skunked.
I'm not totally thrilled with the way the top of the blog looks. What I need to do is play around with that picture of the Grumpy Old Men at Pic Monkey to see what I can come up with there.
Monday, March 27, 2017
It got up into the mid 50's today. And it's 50's in the forecast as far as the eye can see.
|Rock Lake looking North|
|Rock looking South|
Ice was officially called out on Lake Minnetonka today.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Congratulations Young Man!!!