Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday bassin' 6-27

I got out for some bass action in the float tube saturday. they were biting pretty good, a few decent sized but no real lunkers.
I worked the shallows in weedy areas with a plastic swim shad, spinnerbait, and plastic frog.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bluegills,Crappies ,and walleyes with CK

I drove up to palisade to chase some big bluegills with CK
I got there expecting to see CKs duckboat ready to go, only to find a nice fully rigged fishing boat that his friend steve "Mallard" left for him to use.
I was a bit concerned about pulling it with my little ranger 4 cylinder pickup, but it did just fine on those lightly traveled roads! i even got 32 miles per gallon over around 25 miles of towing that thing!
We got to the first lake and tried a spot where CK got into them last week. the fish were there, starting to bed in the emerging wild rice . they were quite skittish and would not come out to bite unless you threw it right in the stuff.
We got as many as we could on Cks jigs, and also a black and yellow JRs stub grub worked well. i was wishing we had some small leeches, I think we could have extracted some of the bigger fish from deep in the grass with them.
we moved up and down the shore and found a few more pods of them.
We also worked some floating docks where CK pulled in a few slabs on the jig, but it was still a bit early for that bite.
Then there was a disturbance in "the force'! that would be Mallards outboard.
CK worked on it for a while in the hot sun while i teased him and watched the geese. he got it figured out and we headed in for a steak dinner.
Afterwards we hit a small lake stocked with lots of walleyes.
We ancored on a break for a while and caught some on bobbers and fatheads until the bugs invited themselves to our boat for dinner!
we got out of there and did some trolling after dark with 1/4 oz leadheads tipped with a plastic swim shad. We got some more doing that and i got the big one of the night, around 3 pounds, CK also tagged a nice pike that I gave to my Dad for fathers day, he loves pike!
Another great day of fishing is in the books!

love those big gills!

Hookin' up the boat!

pretty gills!

Very interesting colored gill!

They havn't spawned yet

night bite walleyes

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fly fishing in SE MN

Me and fishface mcFly decided to hit some trout action sunday afternoon. I started out catching everything but the fish, but soon was into a leaping rainbow trout.
We just kept working our way upstream until we found the deeper holes were the fish were feeding. We got lots of fish, no huge ones, but some around 14 inches. They all put a good bent in a 3 weight rod though! Color is what matters to me for trout and they didn't disapoint, with colds, red, silver and every other color, they were great! i got most of my fish on a beadhead pheasanttail. Black spiders and elkhair caddisflies also got some action.

MT with fish

great colored fish!


Monday, June 8, 2009

Fishing Saturday with Casey

Casey had a Saturday off to celebrate his birthday, so we went fishin!
We started out at Pelican lake since it was kind of nasty weather and as we guessed, the crowds were not there, only 6 other trailers at the landing. We started by crossing the lake to get out of the wind. we went to the inside of the curly leaf pondweed where we found some hard bottom with rocks and found some nice sunfish there willing to bite a stubgrub. we got a few bass, nothing really big, also a few smaller crappies.
We decided to try another shore for big bass or pike. nothing much was biting. later we decided we had enough and went back to get more bluegill action. unfortunatly we got turned around and ended up running all over looking for our spot. the little gas tank on caseys skiff started getting low, so we decided to head back to the landing! Good thing Casey marked that on his GPS, or we might still be out there!hehe.
After we filled up we headed over to rock lake for some bassin.
The lake was a bit murky and had sparse weedbeds. we found some calm water with a few overhanging trees.
I was expressing my lack of confidence in our lake selection when I saw my line going sideways! It turns out a bass around 4 pounds sucked in my cabelas agua glow hoochie koochie swim shad!
It got away right at the boat, but at least my confidence was up that a few larrys were in the shallows that wanted to play.
I got no more lunkers, but some good rodbenders from 12 to 16 inches all on the swim shad. Casey threw a chatter bait and nails a couple of bass, and a pike around five pounds for big fish of the day.

Casey battles big pike


This is my favorite fish of the day, a pumpkingill ( pumpkinseed bluegill cross) that had some of the most firey coloring I have ever seen! Unfortunatly, by the time I got my camera out, it had darkened considerably. I tried to brighten it up with my photo editor but the pics just don't do it justice. still a stunning fish though!

we got lots of nice sized gills

A couple of greenbacks

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tubin with fishface

Me and fishface mcfly got the tubes out on a small lake for panfish action. The fish were shallow and active. the crappies were just done spawning and the bluegills were getting readty to start anytime now. my fish were all caught on a 1/32 oz collerless leadhead tipped with a JRs stub grub black and yellow. FF got his on home made wooly buggers black and pink. we got over a hundred panfish and too many dinky bass to count!

Fishface gets some sunfish on the fly

lots of bass too, but mostly small ones

big ol gill


super chunky

small but pretty sunfish

blue blue bluegill

looks like fun Mc fly!