My first official & “legal” MN bass outing was this past Sunday – April 23rd. My buddy John & I took his boat down to Red Wing, MN and launched it on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River. Water temps ranged from 54-58F, a little warmer in one cut where there seemed to be some warm water discharge. We started on some main river rip rap bank, no reel luck. I worked that with a craw colored Bandit 200 until I lost it to the rocks. Turns out that was the only lure I ended up losing.
We hit the next cut with rock and flooded wood. I had one smallmouth follow and flash at my Husky Jerk. Then I caught one, 13″ largie, on a 3/8 Chart White Secret Weapon Spinnerbait with tandem gold Indiana blades. Fished the rest of the cut with little luck.
John & I headed to some WI backwaters and worked some more wooded banks. I caught a really nice white bass on the spinnerbait right away. About halfway back into the cut John banged a nice 2lb largemouth on a Lil’ Critter Finesse Jig tipped with a Smallie Beaver. About 2 casts later I got a 12″ bucket on a texas rigged Gambler B.B. Cricket .