Catch of the Day
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Stella Lake is west of Minneapolis and has very clear water. A cloudy day like this is usually perfect for fishing clear bodies of water. It was sprinkling a little bit and it was cool so conditions for me weren't so great, but the bass seemed to be in a pretty good mood.
I had never fished this lake before so I wasn’t sure where to begin. I chose to start on a shoreline close to a rocky point but discovered that it had very little weed growth on it. I fished the point a little bit and gave up on it maybe a little too quickly because I was uncomfortable with not having any weed growth nearby. I started up the big motor and began to idle down the shoreline toward a bay that had a large flat area that I hoped would have some weed growth on it. I sure wasn’t disappointed because this whole bay and flat had great weed growth all over it.
I picked up my spinnerbait rod and started to search the area for some active bass, and I found one very quickly. I then dropped a marker buoy and switched to a jig-worm to fish the spot more carefully. After another fish or two I went back to using the spinnerbait again just because cloudy days are good for spinnerbait fishing and it seemed to be working just as well as the jig-worm.
Much to my surprise, a flock of seagulls attracted to my spinnerbait had quickly surounded me. They were swooping down at my lure as if they too thought it was a baitfish. It then dawned on me that I better put my spinnerbait away for a while because the birds would probably scare the bass away.
Watch the video below to see how I used my spinnerbait again to catch several nicer bass and a couple of northern pike after the birds left the area. Don’t forget to try spinnerbaits on clear lakes under cloudy skies!
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Lures Used: Spinnerbait, 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: Spinnerbaits, Jig-worms, and the proper equipment and conditions for fishing them. Fishing weed flats.