Some of my favorite fishing of the year is shallow water topwater fishing. Having three guys in the boat watching bass slamming that bait is some of the most exciting fishing of the year. This early season bass spot holds lots of bass before the water gets to thick. So, whether you are creeping a rubber mouse across the pads, thumping a Buzz Frog over cover, make sure you have the right equipment. I like to use 30lb Powerpro braid to keep these buggers from getting tangled up in the thick stuff.
Well, still didn't get the monster smallmouth I was looking for but when fishing for smallies its hard not to smile with the kind of fight these fish put up. Missed a ton of fish today, but it is always fun to fish with a partner. Frozen fingers, and hands don't seem quite so bad when your catching fish.
No bass! That's right none! Okay it was fun to get into some great eater walleye's this weekend, but the catch of the weekend is the fish I don't have a picture of...this fish was about 35 inches, and missing over two inches of tail. Seriously, The tail looked a lot like the tail of a bass after brushing off the bottom preparing for the spawn. It was a bloody nub. So, I figure the fish was in the middle teens weight wise. Landing a musky in your waders is no easy task. Luckily the hook was lodged in his lip, and he didn't break my line, but he took a couple of great runs. I have pretty big hands and I couldn't get my hands across the back of this beast. So, I sadly secured him up by the gill. I thought about running to the car to get my phone, to get a pic, but I didn't want to risk the fish's health, or a fine, being that this is a catch and release area. The weirdest part of fishing this weekend though, I caught a northern with about an eight inch lamprey attached to it! Freaky!