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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Son of a ******

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!  

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

No Trophy Today

2" Storm Swim Shad will catch almost everything
I was planning to take the Trophy out on Rock Lake today, but it's been cloudy out all day and there is a cool wind blowing pretty good again today out of the East.  I am punting and will just shore fish instead.

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

I Reached My Crappie Total Goal For 2017

12.9" Glow Demon & Minnow
My Crappie total goal for the year was set on the low side at 300, same as last year.  I think I only needed like 27 to hit 300 going into open water.  I achieved 300 caught on April 6th with a good night at the GOMH.  I added to the total last night as well. Right now I am up to 308 crappies caught this year with another whole month of trying for them.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Trophy Is On the Water And Working

In the water, lousy picture
4:00-7:15PM Rock Lake (Rock Platte Outlet Bay)
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
You can see in the top picture how shallow I was fishing in the hay.  Another 6 inches would really help things out.  Baitfish were all over the place.  Fish in the wind and the hay proved difficult.  I got a bass and a 17" pike on the Cubby & minnow.
14.25" Cubby & Minnow.
I saw a big snapper and a spawning pike.  I got a few more sunfish down by the beaver dam and that is where I got the pike and the bass as well..
7" THE Jig
On my way out I spotted one small crappie.

4 Sunfish
1 Pike
1 Bass

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Platte Lake Is Open

I could launch a boat through that, so I'm calling the Platte Lake Open today. There was a guy fishing out of a boat at the the Grumpy Old Man Hole.

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

The Lake Fooled Me, Platte Not Quite Open Yet

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

1st Bullhead of the Year

18" Cubby w/Minnow
7:00-8:30PM GOMH SW
Conditions: 50-46℉, Partly Cloudy, Windy out of the NW

Long Lake Ice Gone
Bulldog Lake 50% Open.  Ice out probably tomorrow.
Rock Lake
Rock Lake
Rock Lake 60% Open.  Ice Out Tomorrow!

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.)
Platte Access
I thought maybe I would be able to call Platte Lake Open when I got done fishing, but the access was still iced in.  Tomorrow is the day.
Oops, didn't get it focused right.
The line broke a the pike was flopping up on shore.  It almost got away; I had to go down on my knee to grab it.  First bullhead of the year is a toothy.  It bit in shallow water, so I wasn't entirely sure if it was a fish or maybe I had gotten caught on a weed.  I set the hook and it felt like a small fish and I thought maybe it might be a silver bullhead, nope toothy.  That was the only bite I had tonight.
Red Wing Blackbird
There was a noisy male Mallard duck tonight over on the SE side.

1 Toothy Bullhead

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Tackle Warehouse Opener 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've Changed The Look At The Log Blog

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

Trophy Is Out Of Storage

I have to get it cleaned up, but now the tow vehicle is now at the shop.  Hopefully the Expedition will be ready by the time my parents head South on Friday morning.

It got up into the mid 50's today.  And it's 50's in the forecast as far as the eye can see.
 I will update with an ice out progress report later on tonight.  There was open water on the South end of and along the western shore of Long Lake.

Bulldog Lake 

Bulldog Lake

Rock Lake looking North

Rock looking South

Ice is not totally out in the Sullivan Platte River Outlet; With the dark ice and calm conditions I was able to see the ice that is there clearly.  It got cold tonight fast once the sun went down.

Ice was officially called out on Lake Minnetonka today.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Congratulations Jordan Lee 2017 Classic Champion!!!

The largest comeback in Bassmaster Classic history and quite the tearjerker with his family coming up to celebrate with him.

Congratulations Young Man!!! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Open Water At the South Tip of the Small Island

It was cooler than forecast yet again today.  The sun did come out for several hours in the afternoon, but the wind was out of the North again.  It only made it to 44℉.  I slept in today, so I didn't catch much of the Classic fishing today.  I left to go check things out after I watched KVD weigh his fish.  First I stopped at Bulldog.
Then I checked out Rock Lake where the tree had been removed from the road.
Last stop was the GOMH.  I don't think Sullivan Platte River Outlet was completely ice free, but will be tomorrow.  At this point I'm predicting ice is off the area lakes by next Saturday April 1st, no foolin'
If we don't get much sun, then maybe it will be after April 1st.