Saturday On a pressured metro lake I caught 68 largemouth largest being 5-4, biggest 6 near 20. I took home 6 eyes, buddy took home 4. Also had 10 crappies each. Went back out yesterday and sat in one spot and got 32 bass but missed 4, on about 42 casts. and got a bunch more in other areas. 64 water.
But Yeah, Minnesota is NOT a destination bass state.
AND THIS from IN Fisherman.
Minnesota has world-class smallmouth fishing in the Mississippi River, Mille Lacs, the St. Croix River, and several other waters. A 4 pounder lifts—no eyebrows here, and catching multiple 5-pound bronzebacks in a day is common for good anglers. Smallies over 7 pounds are caught every yearsometimes an 8. And Minnesota lays claim to over 13,000 natural lakes—more than any other state. Most harbor impressive populations of native largemouths, smallmouths, or both. Since Minnesota is primarily a walleye state, bass remain relatively under pressured—even though popularity of bass fishing continues to rise. Minnesota isn’t the place to find trophy largies over 10 pounds, but it’s a place where catching over 100 per day, with several over 5 pounds, just might be easier than anywhere else. Lake Minnetonka, nestled into the urban outskirts of Minneapolis, is a national treasure. But it’s the smallmouth fishing that sets Minnesota apart. For size and numbers right now, only Great Lakes fisheries surpass the Gopher state.