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Fishing New Waters – Detroit Lakes, MN

  • tswoboda
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    #1441510

    My family rented a cabin in the area last week, so we hit a couple new to us lakes in the area and got on some great panfish action. Wind was the key in finding the biggest schools of active fish. We fished the same jig and grub combo either pitched or trolled on both lakes for both species. Sorry but I don’t think we got any pictures.

    One was a shallow stained lake with no defined weed edge and the 7-9 ft sparsely weeded flats all seemed to hold nice bluegills with the occasional big 12+ inch crappie mixed in. One specific flat getting pounded by wind was non-stop action for the 2 hours we fished it. The majority of the bluegills were 8″ to 9″ with a couple just shy of 10″ but couldn’t break that mark. Great mid-day high sun action here.

    The next lake was very clear water and relatively deep with great cabbage growing out to 12-15 ft. Tough day bite here as the crappies would either bury in the weeds or suspend over open water but the last couple hours before sunset the food chain would come alive on the weedline… lots of nice crappies 10″-12″ with fish up to 14″, some big bluegills again just shy of 10″, and a few pesky bass mixed in. During prime time going a minute without a fish seemed like forever as the bite was just that good.

    Needless to say I’ll be visiting these lakes again.

    tswoboda
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    Posts: 3702
    #1441511

    Almost forgot to mention I convinced my dad to let me steal his boat for one evening to do some musky fishing. No one was interested in tagging along so it was a solo 5 hours on the water, but I made it count. I put my first solo musky in the bag… make that my first 3 solo muskies! I did get some photos of the fish that count, but still need a lot work on my musky selfies. Awesome night on the water and one I won’t soon forget.

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    Paul Heise
    Participant
    River Falls, Wi
    Posts: 723
    #1441546

    I like the challenge of fishing new waters! And its a bonus when all things go as planned! Congrats on the Hat-trick of Muskies and better yet on an unknown body of water!

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18801
    #1441611

    I put my first solo musky in the bag… make that my first 3 solo muskies!

    Quick, go buy a lottery ticket! Not many muskie guys get off to that kind of start on their first go at it. I bet you won’t have any problem getting people to go muskie fishing with you the next time you decide to go chuck the big baits.

    PS – what did you catch the muskies on? I know most guys have been struggling to boat fish this summer.

    tswoboda
    Participant
    Posts: 3702
    #1443956

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>tswoboda wrote:</div>
    I put my first solo musky in the bag… make that my first 3 solo muskies!

    Quick, go buy a lottery ticket! Not many muskie guys get off to that kind of start on their first go at it. I bet you won’t have any problem getting people to go muskie fishing with you the next time you decide to go chuck the big baits.

    PS – what did you catch the muskies on? I know most guys have been struggling to boat fish this summer.

    I guess I should clarify these were not my first muskies or anywhere near my first time fishing muskies. By “first solo muskies”, I meant it was the first time I’ve caught them fishing by myself.

    Ben Brettingen
    Moderator
    Mississippi
    Posts: 605
    #1443966

    Awesome Tyler! I saw the pictures of those fish on FaceSpace and was really jealous!

    tswoboda
    Participant
    Posts: 3702
    #1443971

    Anyway, on to my latest report… after taking a couple weeks off for a trip to the Kenai Peninsula, I got back after the muskies on Saturday; fishing solo again.

    How do you top a 3 fish day? Well that’s easy, how about a 5 FISH DAY! It’s a good day when the cumulative length of muskies in the net is longer than my boat…

    The keys have been 1) finding the active spot of the day, 2) timing, and 3) a good figure 8.

    1) I fished about 10 spots (good spots I’ve caught/seen fish on) on Saturday, and spots 1-9 gave up 4 lazy follows. Spot 10 showed me 12 active fish and 8 biters. I believe good spots will hold fish every day, it’s just certain factors that will make them pile up and get active on certain days.

    2) In a 10 hour day I boated 3 fish and lost 2 more in a 45 minute time frame just after moon overhead. The other 2 fish came a half hour apart just after dusk.

    3) My last 2 trips out, I’ve hooked up with 12 fish… 9 of those hookups have been in the 8.

    I’m getting much better at taking pictures by myself.

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