Indian Lake MN

Catch of the Day

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I had a nice calm and sunny fall day to give this little green colored lake a try. It’s located out in the countryside just a short distance northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I had a lot of fun fishing this lake the last time that I was here a few years earlier.

This lake has very murky water due to fertilizer run-off from the farm fields that blanket the area. That keeps the aquatic vegetation growing in the shallower areas of the lake and a lot of the Bass close to that weedy cover. Loud and brightly colored lures usually work very well in a murky water like this so I came prepared with spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

I started out fishing crankbaits and small Rat-L-Traps but I caught my first few bass on a white and chartreuse spinnerbait in about one foot of water on the edge of the weeds and one off a tree that had fallen into the water. Later the crankbait began to work well for me and I was also able to catch a few on a jig from under some docks. The crankbait, a Mann’s Baby 1-Minus, turned out to be the lure that stole the show.

I really enjoy an occasion to be able to relax and just cast and wind a crankbait or spinnerbait like this. Fishing a jig or a worm requires quite a bit more concentration to fish properly, so a day of cranking was a real treat for me.

watch the video below to learn how to catch bass in murky water.

Lures Used: Spinnerbait, crankbait, and Jig. Water Clarity: Murky to stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weed-lines, grass, docks. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Fall turnover, the proper equipment for fishing shallow diving crankbaits.

Related articles: Shallow Diving Crankbaits.


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