Catch of the Day
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It was a pretty steamy early September day for me on Steiger Lake. These heavy humid days can be very good for fishing sometimes. I was really looking forward to a good day on this catch and release only lake just west of Minneapolis. I think the Minnesota DNR had thoughts of this becoming something of a trophy lake with these regulations. This was one of the first lakes around to receive them.
This lake has a gravel access but it’s a good one and it’s easy to launch boats here. There’s parking available for 5 or more boats and trailers.
Steiger Lake is just full of vegetation. I started out fishing a ¼ ounce Rat-L-Trap over the top of the weeds and managed to catch some fish right away. I followed that with a shallow diving Bandit cranbait that worked just as well or maybe even better because I ended up using it for the rest of the day.
I like to replace the standard hooks that come with small crankbaits like this with super sharp hooks that are just one size larger than the hooks it came with. I think I lose fewer fish with the bigger hooks.
About mid-day, after a shower had gone through the area, the sun started to shine and I was afraid that it would put an end to my crankbait bite. I thought I would have to change to a jig, a worm, or maybe even a deep diving crankbait to continue to catch fish, but much to my surprise I continued to catch them all day on the shallow diving crankbaits.
I didn't catch any trophy size bass but I caught a lot of fish in the three pound size category.
watch the following video to see how to crank up some bass.
Related articles: Shallow Diving Crankbaits.
Lures Used: Crankbaits. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Late summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds and weed lines. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Cranking weeds and weed lines.