Thursday, May 09, 2024

MN Fishing Opener Outlook And Plan

 I think it has the potential to be a banga. We have rising water levels and very good water temps so the shallows should be full of hungry fish. 

My plan is to sleep in on Friday, so I am well rested. I plan to leave for Eddy's Jetty by 11PM, which hopefully will allow me choice of location on the North Jetty, Maybe no one will be there and I'll have it all to myself. Unlikely, but it has happened. 

Decision Time will be at 2:45AM. If the fishing is nonstop lights-out action  I'll stay longer,  if not I'll head home with the goal of being at the Grumpy Old Man Hole by 4:15AM, which should allow put me there after the midnight crew and before the early risers thus getting me the NE corner. This may be the end of my Opener morning if the Trophy is not available.

I'm not sure if the Trophy will be in the water. The Pontoon lift is where I traditionally beach it and I think the water level is probably too high now for me to beach it on the West side of the dock where I beached it last year when water levels were really low. I'm pretty sure Todd and Kristen are coming up  this weekend, which means I'll have to tone down my fishing ambitions and assist Todd with getting the pontoon and wave runner launched.

I hope to update this when I know more. I've still got three days to get things nailed down. 

Update: It's Thursday. I plan to put the Trophy in Platte Lake this morning. It looks like there is enough room for it to fit and if not I'll tie it off on the East side of the dock. I'll do my tackle prep for Opener after I wake up Friday afternoon. I really haven't given much thought to bass fishing yet at all for this year. I would say there is 75% chance I will fish for at least a couple of hours in the Trophy Opener morning. I'm not sure what time Mom will need the car.  The rest of the weekend is up in the air. I'm guessing Todd and I will go out Saturday night for bass if everything goes smoothly getting the pontoon in. A Sunday morning trip is a big ? at this point; I will just have to see how fishing goes on Saturday and consult with Todd.

Friday, May 03, 2024

Victory Achieved (sort of)

I finally stopped putting off getting the Trophy in the water, but not before sleeping in long enough to ensure I didn't have any time to fish; I just put it in and made sure the motor didn't have any issues then took it right back out, so I would be home before it got too dark. It rained while I was on the lake, which was a positive because it cleared out the guy fishing at the Rock Dock and the last trailer in the lot. The (sort of) is because I left fishing time on the table by sleeping into the afternoon. I would have been on the water about 3PM if I had gotten up on time.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Vike's Draft Little KOC, Me Likes

 The 2024 NFL Draft couldn't have worked out better for the Vikings, IMO. Kwesi played his hand as well as can be. JJ sounds just like KOC, extremely impressed with his first press conference. And the nice thing is he doesn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders from Day 1, thanks to the Darnold signing. I think the team could contend for a wild card next year with Darnold at the helm. The NFC North matchups will be must-watch for the next few years if all the QB's stay healthy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Fantasy Bass Fishing @ The St. John's River

 I will throw Harris Chain into the round file, not an angler in the cut. Terrible!

My Drain the Lake Team at Harris Chain was a success thanks to Mr. Garrett leading wire to wire and getting the W.
Here are my lineups for this week's tournament at the St. John's:

I ended up switching out J Pow with Lester.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Lake Place Dock In

Steve got the dock in today.

 Here is how things looked yesterday when I went down front. Steve must have felt some peer pressure with everybody else's docks going in.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Mr. & Mrs. Bass 2023

 Tonight was the Baxter Bass Snatcher Awards Banquet. It was a low-key night because Snatcher Ruff, the club comedian and normal event MC wasn't able to make it.

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Ice Off Platte, Take 2


Today was the 2nd Ice Off on Platte Lake of 2024!

I shoveled out a path on the SW side of the GOMH and fished for 45 minutes, losing one gator bullhead. A lot of swans around tonight. I saw the beaver again. No loons yet.

Monday, April 01, 2024

GOMH On April Fools


Too much snow

There is quite a bit of open water in Channel Inn Bay

I saw two beavers tonight

Some open water in the NW Bay

I brought my fishing rods with me tonight, but no shovel. I didn't fish. I watched the beavers for a while then headed home.

Friday, March 29, 2024

GOMH & Platte Report

 It was in the low 40's today. I didn't head out tonight until around 7:30 when the front/clouds were moving in. Platte and the GOMH are still mostly iced up. It was getting pretty dark when I got to the Rock Access road, so I decided to turn around rather than see if anyone blazed a trail down to the lake. I'm guessing not. It is only supposed to be in the low 40s for the next couple of days, so I am guessing 2nd Ice Off won't be until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thursday, March 28, 2024



Cool sunny day. Platte is ice-covered. Just a little open water at the GOMH. I'd say they got 13/14" at the lakes. Will be interesting to see how much the lake levels rise next week.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

GOMH & Platte Iced Up Again


We got about a foot of snow from Sunday to Tuesday and much to my amazement, that combined with the cold on the back half of the storm was enough to refreeze the GOMH area and all of Platte Lake. Sullivan and Long still had open water. I didn't check Bulldog or Rock.  I'm thinking the lake will be open by Easter Sunday. 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

My Fantasy Bass Teams For The Classic

I changed out Walters in A, Stetson in B, and Schlapper in D.

Final Results:
The bonus points Hamner got for winning just crushed me. It's kind of ridiculous how many points they award this year.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Silver Bullheads Moved In

13" Demon/Minnow

14" Cubby

 Silvers finally moved in. I got the first one over by the Beaver Dam. I was just about to leave when I missed a bite. I then stayed until I ran out of minnows. Catching 2 more silvers and missing 7 more bites. A Bow Fishing Boat came through and I shined two eyes on the Platte side before I left.