Minnewashta II

Catch of the Day

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It was a cloudy and very breezy summer day that I fished on Minnewashta Lake. This lake is “catch and release” for bass, so it’s one of the better bass lakes in the area. The bass aren’t typically big, but there are a lot of them. This lake also produces lots of northern pike and some of those can get very large.

This lake has many large weed flats and underwater structures like rocky points and humps to fish. I’ve always done so well on the weedy flats that I couldn’t resist fishing one of them to begin the day. I fished it with my trusty jig-worm which works so well on weedlines this time of year.

This lake has clear water so I would typically use very natural lure colors like pumpkin seed or watermelon, but it was very dark and cloudy so I decided to use a Blue Fleck colored worm. Dark opaque colors like that make silhouettes in the water that are easy for the bass to see under low light conditions like this.

This was about the third year that the “catch and release” rule has been in use on this lake. I was eager to see if the regulation had increased the size of the fish over that time. I had always been able to catch quite a few bass on this lake, but with this regulation the bass should be getting larger.

I believe that the average fish has been getting larger, at least by the size of the fish I was able to catch on this outing. They aren’t getting bigger very fast but they do seem to be getting larger. Fish grow very slowly here in the northern U.S. because of the colder climate.

watch the video below to see what i learned about catch and release fishing on this lake.

Related articles: How to Fish a Jig-worm.

Lures Used: Jig-worm. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weed lines. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Catch and release regulations, fishing the jig-worm.

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