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Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a beautiful little multi-species lake with very clear water and abundant underwater structure. I caught some big bass in this video. The largest weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces. I caught all of my fish on a jig except for one that I caught on a spinnerbait. I also caught a very strange looking bass with lots of large black spots on it! There are some special regulations for fishing Minneapolis lakes. You can find information about Minneapolis park and lake regulations here.
I had the opportunity to try Cedar Lake for the first time on a cloudy but calm fall day in early October. At this time of year in Minnesota, bass can be found concentrated in either shallow or deep water. I was just going to have to try both to find out where they were.
I put my boat in at the ramp on Calhoun Lake and trolling motored my way through the canals to Cedar Lake. The water in Calhoun was very clear but once I entered Lake of the Isles the water became quite murky, and when I finally got to Cedar Lake the water was very clear again. It seemed like it must have taken me about a half an hour to make that trip, but maybe it wasn’t really that long.
As I positioned my boat near a large underwater point in about 18 feet of water where I wanted to start fishing, I noticed that there were a lot of small bream or sunfish mouthing the surface of the water. That is usually a good sign that there may be bass below them that are feeding on them from time to time.
I had a spinnerbait all rigged up and ready so I started out by casting it around and through the area that the bait fish were swimming in and that's how I managed to catch my first bass of the day. It was an above average size fish too. I couldn’t get any others to hit the spinnerbait so I switched to a jig that I had rigged up with a grub for a trailer and started fishing the deep weed line with that.
After working that same point, and quite a bit of other shoreline, I caught the biggest bass that I had caught so far that year on any of my TV shows. Later I caught the most spotted bass I have ever caught in my entire life. I caught several other bass as well and had a very productive and fun day on Cedar Lake. I had so much fun fishing the Jig on the deep weed line that I never did get a chance to see if there were any bass in shallow water.
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Lures Used: Jigs and a spinnerbait. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Deep weed line. Type of fish caught: largemouth bass. Topics of Discussion: Fishing around bait fish.