Catch of the Day
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Lake Minnewashta is one of my favorite catch and release lakes. The catch and release regulations had been in effect for several years by this time and were really showing their worth by how good the fishing had become. Minnewashta hasn’t produced very many really big fish for me, but it has produced large numbers of fish.
It was a beautiful august day that I had to fish this lake. The weather conditions were just right for me but apparently not quite as good for the fish. It was a nice summer day with a light breeze from the south. A cold front had just gone through overnight and really cleared up the skies and created a crisp “bluebird” type of day. Those aren’t typically conditions that lead to great fishing.
These kinds of days usually require some sort of “finesse” technique to produce any action. Fishing a jig-worm is about as close to “finesse” fishing as I ever like to get, but that is what I thought I would need to have some fun and catch a few fish in these conditions.
I really didn’t have any trouble finding some fish to catch. On clear lakes like this in the summertime I often like to tie on a jig-worm and just start fishing the outside edges of weed-lines that are located adjacent to large shallow flat areas. This is a very good technique to use on any clear water lake in the summertime. This is also a great technique for newer anglers to get some experience under their belts because it is so easy to learn, and it’s such a good way to catch a lot of fish. After all, you need to be able to catch some fish to get good at catching fish.
Be ready to catch some northern pike on these weed-lines as well as bass. Pike love to patrol the outer weed-lines and they are very aggressive.
Later in the day I tried fishing one of the large points on this lake to try to catch some larger fish but that didn’t work out very well for me so I went back to fishing the weed-lines around the flats. Once the wind began to pick up a little bit the fish really turned on and I was able to catch quite a few fish that day.
watch the video below to see how to rig a worm on a jig and learn what type of rod and reel to use with it.
Related Articles: Fishing a Jig-worm.
Lures Used: Jig-worm. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds and weed-lines, grass. Type of fish caught: Bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: How to rig a plastic worm on a jig and the rod and reel to use with it.