Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Remembrance

Posted by MNAngler On May - 31 - 20104 COMMENTS
Memorial Day Remembrance

In the journey of life, you’ll meet all kinds of people. Some you’ll like, some you’ll dislike. Some you’ll respect, others you won’t. Then there’s the rare person you’ll meet that you’ll respect so much that you’ll stumble over yourself to gain their respect. My wife’s uncle, William “Bill” Henry Harrison was such a person. Bill Harrison was one of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. Not only was he intellectually... (more...)

Memorial Weekend 2010, Day 2

Posted by MNAngler On May - 30 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Memorial Weekend 2010, Day 2

As planned, we left Hayward after lunch, so I only got to fish for a little bit this morning. I was on the dock by 6:30 and went in at 8:00 for breakfast. I threw an orange/brown spinnerbait, chartreuse spinnerbait, green/black beetle spinner (which was too light to cast), scum frog, bubble gum fluke, blue booyah jig and pig, large green mimic minnow swimbait (the head was too big and kept bringing in weeds), white pearl fluke, and white spinnerbait. Nothing induced a strike despite the fact... (more...)

Memorial Weekend 2010, Day 1

Posted by MNAngler On May - 29 - 20109 COMMENTS
Memorial Weekend 2010, Day 1

Here was my day in a nutshell: got up, fished, ate breakfast, went to town, ate lunch, fished, took down a tree, fished, started up our boat (that had been dormant for two years), fished, ate dinner, and fished. All in all, I probably fished for about 9 hours today. In the morning, from about 7-9am, I threw a bubble gum fluke, white spinnerbait, blue Booyah jig with blue speckled Zoom chunk, texas rigged Slurpie worm, scum frog, and mimic minnow swimbait with spinner. I only got hit once, but it... (more...)

Minnesota Bass Opener

Posted by MNAngler On May - 26 - 20103 COMMENTS
Minnesota Bass Opener

The day is almost upon us–finally. The Minnesota Bass Opener is this Saturday. Ironically, I’ll be in Hayward, WI where the bass season is open for catch and release, but not for harvest. However, I won’t be spending the entire Memorial Weekend in Hayward and look forward to hitting some local lakes with some bass busters on Monday. I’ll be mostly shore-bound this weekend and will be limited to hitting the shallows. But there should still be bass hanging around the shore.... (more...)

Blackhawk Skunk

Posted by MNAngler On May - 24 - 20106 COMMENTS
Blackhawk Skunk

Last Friday, I was volunteering to help setup for an event not far from work, but we couldn’t start until 9pm. Since I live a half hour away, I decided to check out one of the FiN lakes near my office instead of going home and coming back out again. I checked with Matt to see if he was available and we ended up at Blackhawk Lake in Eagan. We started fishing off the fishing pier. The problem was that there was thick weeds and algae all around the dock. The algae was so thick in spots, they... (more...)

Fishing a Plastic Worm or Jig

Posted by MNAngler On May - 20 - 20107 COMMENTS
Fishing a Plastic Worm or Jig

On my last outing, I caught a nice 16″ largemouth by bottom bouncing a texas rigged Slurpie worm with loose bullet weight. But it was really a fluke that I caught it. The strike felt like a weed and it just so happened that I pulled hard enough to set the hook. In the hour after I caught my fish, I felt a lot of weed tugs. Some of retrieves came back with cabbage, but many did not. I’ve never fished a jig and pig, but I’ve heard the strike with that technique is a soft tick... (more...)

Coolness Gone Wrong

Posted by MNAngler On May - 19 - 20104 COMMENTS
Coolness Gone Wrong

This has nothing to with fishing, but is an amusing story I thought you would enjoy. My wife and I have been on a Chipotle kick as of late. We order on-line and I drive 10 minutes to a nearby suburb to pick up our order. In the last 2 months, we’ve probably done this 6-7 times. Last week, when I went to pick up my order, I went directly to the cash register as I usually do. There was a bit of a line ordering on the spot and he cashier didn’t pay attention to me. The manager, a burly... (more...)

Success with a New Technique

Posted by MNAngler On May - 17 - 20101 COMMENT
Success with a New Technique

Species: Largemouth Bass Size: 16″ Lure used: Texas rigged Slurpie watermelon worm with bullet weight Date: 5/16/2010 Time: 6:00-9:30am Body of water: Lake Vadnais Location: Shoreview, MN Weather Conditions: sunny If I didn’t get out fishing on the biggest fishing weekend of the year for Minnesota, I couldn’t very well call myself a fishing blogger in Minnesota. So I got up at 5:45am Sunday morning and headed out to Lake Vadnais. It looked promising because the map at the Minnesota... (more...)

Training the Next Generation

Posted by MNAngler On May - 16 - 20105 COMMENTS
Training the Next Generation

Yesterday, on the day of the Minnesota Fishing Opener, I didn’t get to go fishing. I did, however, take my 5 year old son fishing. Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary of Minnesota District 50 hosted a youth fishing event on Lake Johanna with the Minnesota BASS Federation. Any kid that showed up was taken on a fancy bass boat and provided with a life jacket, a fishing pole, and bait, free of charge. I went out to the event with my son and was amazed at how many boats were on shore waiting... (more...)

Tips for Taking Great Fish Photos

Posted by MNAngler On May - 13 - 20102 COMMENTS
Tips for Taking Great Fish Photos

With the Minnesota Fishing Opener just hours away, we all hope to catch that lunker that will make our season. And when we do, we’ll want to get a picture of it. Making sure you get a good picture is a lot easier these days than in the days of film, but there are some basic tips that can make sure the shot is a good one. I came across a cool article that gives tips on how to take great photos of fish from a kayak. A lot of the tips were great for taking fish photos in general. I’ll... (more...)


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