Big Marine Lake

Catch of the Day

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It was a very cool but bright sunny fall day for me on Big Marine Lake. This lake has clear water but, in the fall, it can get very clear. The extra clear water this time of year helps to keep the deep coontail moss alive and healthy right up until the lake freezes over. After all the other weeds have died off, these remaining green and healthy weeds really become attractive to the fish because they are still producing oxygen and supporting a thriving food chain.

You can fish these healthy weeds with deep diving lures, but one of my favorite lures to use at this time of year is a deep diving crankbait. So, I decided to try one made by Bandit Lures. It had a good color pattern that represented some of the colors you would find on a typical sunfish or bluegill, but it didn’t really look very much like a sunfish or bluegill. It had some pink on it but, since the green and bluish hues were there, and it dove deep enough to get to the weeds, I had enough confidence in it to give the lure a try.

During fall, the fishing action may not pick up until later in the afternoon after the sun has had a chance to heat up the water a little bit. The same is true in the spring time as well and that’s what happened to me here on this fall day.

The first fish that I caught was a northern pike. They love to crush crankbaits too, but they also have a nasty way of slicing fishing line and swimming off with those expensive crankbaits. I enjoy catching pike, but sometimes they can put a dent in my crankbait supply. Stolen lures are just a fact of fishing here in Minnesota. I caught a lot of pike today but they didn’t keep me from catching my share of the football shaped bass this amazing lake has to offer. Oh, and I never lost a crankbait all day.

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Lures Used: Deep diving crankbait and spinnerbait. Water Clarity: clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weedlines, and points. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Fall fishing and deep diving crankbaits.

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