Catch of the Day
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Jane Lake is a fun little “catch and release” only lake on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. You must immediatley release all the bass you catch. This regulation seems to work exceptionally well on small lakes like this. I’m always looking forward to visiting small lakes that have this regulation because it seems like the bass are just as happy to see me as I am to see them.
I happened to be here this time on a very cool day for so early in the fall season. The temperature was just over 50 degrees but the water temperature was still in the upper 60’s, so I was still expecting the fish to be in their summer locations along the deep weed-lines.
After fishing the deep weed-line for a little while without any success, I gave a spinnerbait a try in shallower water. I caught a couple of bass and a northern pike, but none of them were very big, so I went back out to the deep weed-line where I thought the bass would be in the first place. Luckily, I didn’t waste too much time in the shallow water, because as it turned out most of the bass were out deep. They were just not biting, or I just hadn’t located them yet.
As the day went along, I was able to catch more and bigger fish. Sometimes in the spring and fall the fish will bite better later in the day after the water has had a chance to warm up a little bit. That may be what had happened here today but I wasn’t really expecting that to happen so early in the fall as it did. You will notice in the video that the leaves on the trees hadn’t even started to change colors yet.
Jane Lake didn’t make it easy for me today, but it was still another fun day on Jane Lake!
in the video below, i'll share some of the secrets of how to catch fish in clear water.
Lures Used: Spinner-bait, Jig-worm. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Early Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weed-lines, grass. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Subtle structure changes, fluorocarbon line, the importance of fresh weed growth.