Johanna Lake MN

Catch of the Day

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I had a nice mid-September day to go fishing on Johanna Lake. It was so nice that I don’t know whether to call it a late summer day or an early fall day.

The first fish I caught was a small muskie. It may have been small for a muskie but a muskie is a big fish. It was a tiger muskie as I could tell by the nice tiger like stripes of green color against a lighter background. Tiger muskies are a hybrid of a northern pike and a muskie. I caught it casting a shallow diving crankbait over the top of some shallow weed beds close to shore.

I followed that up with an even larger northern pike that weighed about four pounds on a crankbait, and then caught still another four-pound bass with a crankbait.

You wouldn’t notice it by how many fish I caught in this video, but it was a pretty tough day of fishing. If it wasn’t for the reaction bites I was getting on these fast-moving crankbaits it would have been hard to catch any fish at all. This was one TV show where the magic of video editing makes it look like a better day of fishing than it really was.

It may have taken me longer than usual to catch the fish that I caught this day, but it was still a fun day of fishing highlighted by some large and unusual fish. It’s not every day you get to catch a muskie, also known as the fish of 10,000 casts. By working hard and triggering reaction bites, I turned this slow day into a very special day of fishing.

in the video below, learn how to use shallow diving crankbaits, when conditions get tough.

Related articles: Shallow Diving Crankbaits.

Lures Used: Crankbait. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds, and weedlines. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass, muskie. Topics of Discussion: Fishing shallow diving crankbaits.

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