Paynesville area- 6/2

  • Jack Naylor
    Apple Valley, MN
    Posts: 5666

    I’ve been out of town for the last 8 days and could not get this up til now, but wanted to make a short report on my trip up to Paynesville last week.
    Main lake temps were 61-63 degrees, found a few willing fish in 3 to 5 feet of water. What worked the best was throwing stick worms in 4″ inch size. The first fish measured 21 inches with 16 1/2 girth. Just an awesome fish. I fished this fish for 20 minutes, it hooked up once but came off and would just ignored the bait after that. I left and went down the shoreline and caught some 15 to 17 inch Smallmouth.
    Came back to this fish when I had to leave and go home. Threw to it for another 15 minutes, I said, two more casts then have to go, them BAMM. Just a terrific fish and a very tough battle but got it boated for a few pictures.

    The second picture is a fish that measured 20 1/2 inches and was caught the evening before. Very difficult to see the target areas I wanted to throw to with the cloud cover and late sunset, but saw this bed and was able to put this fish in the boat quite easily.
    The outfit I use for this presentation is a med action open face with 8 pound mono, 2/0 EWG with the worm.
    Good Luck,

    The Shores of Lake Harriet
    Posts: 2043

    Beautiful fish, Jack!!!!

    Calvin Svihel
    Northwest Metro, MN
    Posts: 3862

    That 2nd picture is absolutely awesome with the sunset in the background…

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