Catch of the Day
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It was a cloudy and rainy late September day for me on Bavaria Lake. The clouds, wind, and rain made it a perfect day to use a spinnerbait. Clouds, wind, and rain all work together to lower the amount of light penetrating the surface of the very clear water of Lake Bavaria. That can encourage the bass to be more active because it’s easier for them to hunt and catch their food when the prey has a harder time seeing their pursuer.
This small lake has a catch and release regulation that requires the immediate release of all bass caught from this lake. I really like it when small lakes like this have this regulation because it prevents them from being so easily over harvested.
Both ends of this lake have large weed flats on them. The spinnerbait is a very good lure to fish along and over weedy areas like this. I was concentrating on the deeper edge of the weed flats casting parallel to the weed edge as well as over the top of the weed bed. In the spring I would concentrate on the shallower inside edge of the weeds.
Most of the bass I was catching ran about the same size, two pounds or less. Later in the day I tried fishing an area where the weed flat tapered off along a much steeper drop-off and I managed to catch a few larger bass close to the deeper water. Some of them were over four pounds. Those are very large bass for Minnesota; a six-pound bass is considered a trophy in this state.
Sadly, the catch and release regulation is no longer in effect on this lake and the bass fishing has suffered greatly because of that.
watch the video below and learn to look toward deeper water to catch bigger bass.
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Lures Used: Spinnerbaits. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Fall. Cover/Structure: Weeds and weedlines. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass. Topics of Discussion: Catch and release regulations.