Calm Before the Storm

Posted by MNAngler On July - 9 - 2013

After landing the nice fish Saturday night, it got quiet. Real quiet.

George RelaxingI opted to sleep in Sunday morning since I was exhausted from the trip up to the Gunflint Trail. The next available time I had to get out was Sunday night. Ken, George, and I hit the three bays near Liz Lake portage that have been productive for us in the past. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so this night. Ken and George each landed a small northern, but there was little other action for the night. George did, however, take advantage of the slow action (see right). We didn’t want the northern for the fish fry, so we let them go. Later, Mrs. MNAngler told me I could have kept them for pickled northern instead.

12" smallmouth bassI again slept in on Monday morning and Ken, George, and I ventured out Monday night. We hit Voyager’s bay and I landed a small 12″ smallie on the northern shore. I also had another fish on that I lost before getting into the boat. Both were snagged with a green wacky worm. The good thing about those hits is that I’m starting to get a better feel for when I get a strike on a wacky rigged worm. Sometimes the pull is ever so slight, so attention has to be paid carefully to the line.

We hit another bay next door where I got some nips on a Texas-rigged green worm and George had a hit on a white fluke. With not much action there, we headed to Kloek Channel to finish off the night. There was no sign of life there, either.

Tuesday morning, George and I headed back to Kloek Channel and for two hours, there wasn’t even a tick on a line. I was beginning to wonder what was going on. Three days in and we had very little to show for our efforts. I hoped things would get better. Fortunately, they did.

Week tally:
MNAngler: Smallmouth bass: 2
George: Northern: 1
Ken: Northern: 1

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