White Bear Lake

Catch of the Day

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It was a sunny and cool mid October day to be fishing White Bear Lake. This lake has clear water and is well known for its good bass fishing, but it has even better northern pike fishing. The pike tend to run on the smaller side of average however. In the video I will show you how to use a spinnerbait in water up to fifteen feet deep.

The clear water of this lake allows the weeds to grow down to about 15 feet deep or more so a lot of the better bass fishing is going to be done in deep water. I would have to say that this lake has the most abundant and varied underwater structure than any other lake in this part of the state of Minnesota. This is a structure fisherman’s paradise that can become quite confusing to anglers that aren’t proficient with their electronic depth finders.

Since it was so late in the fishing season here in Minnesota my confidence in catching enough fish to fill a whole fishing show was not very high. Ice could be forming on these lakes in just a couple of weeks now. With all of that in mind, I decided to start out by fishing a deep diving crankbait around some of the deep structure that might still have some living green vegetation on it. Pike love crankbaits, so I could maybe catch some of them along with a few bass and make a TV show.

In the video below you'll see how I Later caught a few bass and pike on a white ½ ounce spinnerbait that I was letting sink all the way down to 15 feet deep. It takes a little patience to let it fall that deep before beginning a very slow retrieve that will allow it to stay at that depth. Since few anglers have that much patience, the bass see fewer spinnerbaits at that depth and are therefore not conditioned to seeing them.

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Related articles: Spinnerbaits. Deep Diving Crankbaits.

Lures Used: Crankbait, spinnerbait. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds and weedlines, points, humps, and bars. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Fall turnover.

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