Chisago and South Lindstrom

Catch of the Day

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It started out as a warm but rainy mid-august day for me on Chisago and South Lindstrom. It cleared up and became a much nicer day later in the afternoon.

These lakes have a catch and release regulation for bass over 12 inches in length. You must release any bass over 12 inches immediately. I was curious whether these regulations have had an impact on the average size of the bass in the lake.

These lakes have abundant structure and plenty of cover. There are sunken stumps, logs, and all the weed growth you could wish for in a lake. It also has lots of points and underwater humps.

I began fishing a Football jig on a long underwater point on Chisago Lake. It’s a ¾ ounce jig with a football shaped jig head. The first bass that I caught on it was about two and one-half pounds. I caught a few more bass and northern pike around some of the stumps and logs nearby on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits.

Later in the day I moved over to South Lindstrom Lake to fish a couple of small points that had some scattered weed growth on them. I fished them with jig-worms, Texas rigged worms, and crankbaits.

Fishing was great. I was able to catch so many fish on so many different lures that it was amazing. I would have to say that the catch and release regulations have helped the bass grow to a much larger size on these lakes and I also think it has helped to increase the bass population as well.

watch the video below and learn how to tune a spinnerbait.

Related articles: Shallow Diving Crankbaits, Texas rigged worm.

Lures Used: Football jig, spinnerbait, buzzbait, jig-worm, Crankbait, and Texas rigged worm. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Stumps and weeds. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Catch and release regulations, fishing Buzzbaits, Isolated cover, tuning a spinnerbait.

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