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September 22, 2019

9/4/2019 2:41:00 PM
Hooked on Fishing: Fishing the North Woods
By Dick Peach

I’m back from a long-needed trip to the Northwoods of Minnesota that lasted nearly a month. I spent some of the time meeting with real estate agents – but that’s a story for another time.

I spent most of the time doing what I love to do – fish, fish, fish. Just as the seasons here in Evanston have been off their usual time frames, so have they been up north.

Traditionally by August on the lake, the fishing is beginning to move into fall patterns as the weeds that have been lush and green and a haven for a lot of fish are now turning brown.

What that means to fishing is that some of my favorite fish for this time of year – walleye, bass and northern pike – begin to move out to deeper water where there is more oxygen. The others will move in shallower, hanging on to the remaining green weeds and be packed into areas.

The bluegills and crappie were deep in the weedy bays all over the lake in Minnesota. I would pull into a weedy bay and move into five or six feet of water, anchor in the middle of the weeds and start casting out with a small piece of worm and a slip bobber set to about 3 feet.

If the bite was good I would be getting 20 to 30 nice bluegills and six to eight slab crappies. If the bite was off I would head to another weed bed and try there.

The smallmouth bass seemed to really like hanging out under the docks and were easy catches using a four-inch wacky worm on light line. Some docks were holding two or three bass. The best docks were at least 15 inches above the water, and I fished the shady side of the dock for the best results.

I found the largemouth bass to be the most fun, and they were packed in the remaining weeds in really shallow water. I found the most productive lures were small (3½”) swimbaits for the active biters and a dropshot rig for the finesse bite. Between the two, I was catching 25 or more bass that weighed more than three pounds during the trip.

I’ll get back to fishing here now, and I will report on the area fishing next time.

Until then … keep a tight line.

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