Crystal Lake MN Fishing

Catch of the Day

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It was a nice partly sunny September day for me on Crystal Lake. This lake has very stained green water. It’s not quite murky water but it’s very close to it. The cloud cover, a good breeze, and heavily stained water are a combination that makes for good spinnerbait and crankbait fishing.

This lake is very fertile and grows a lot of aquatic vegetation. There is a bunch of green algae growing and covering much of the weed growth as well. That can make fishing a little difficult for me because I need to continuously pick that slimy stuff off my lure. Be sure to do that, because you won’t get very many fish to strike your lure if you don’t.

I started out with a spinnerbait. It was a 3/8-ounce spinnerbait with silver willow leaf shaped blades. If the water was any darker I would have tried a spinnerbait with Colorado shaped blades to get more vibration. The willow blades give off more flash in the water. I also caught bass on a Rat-L-trap, a Rattlin’ Rogue, and a Texas rigged worm before I went back to the spinnerbait because of its weedlessness and ability to cover a lot of water quickly.

When I was closing the TV show, a nice muskie slammed my little spinnerbait right next to the boat as I was about to make another cast and say good bye. What a pleasant surprise that was. This is a nice little bass lake, but with the extra excitement of a muskie every now and then this lake becomes something very special.

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Related articles: Spinnerbaits, Shallow Diving Crankbaits.

Lures Used: Spinnerbait, Crankbait. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weedlines, and points. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass,and muskie. Topics of Discussion: Water clarity.

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