What a wonderful lack of winter and early spring we have had. Could not have been more welcome considering I had to stare at the BassCat that I bought in November all winter long. This past Sunday I got out to the Mississippi River for some bass fishing. Super happy that in less then an hour from my home in Lakeville, I can be on Mississippi River for some completely legal bass fishing even in March.
Fellow Gopher Bassmaster member Chong joined me out on the water. We started on a couple points leading into known spawing coves as the water was 55 degrees when we launched. The second point gave up a 3lb plus smallmouth to Chong and 2lb largie to me on a black tube. We then made a run back to some backwaters, as the main reason Chong came with was to learn a little about how to navigate the river.
The water was 58-59 degrees in this area, I caught two quick largemouth on shad colored Shad Rap along a rip rap bank, the next spot gave up a couple more small largies on a Sexy Shad Megabass ITO Vision 110 jerkbait. As we idled to next area, I saw some shad balled up on the edge of the grass. I shut it down, Chong instantly bowed up and landed a 5-6lb walleye on a swim jig. From there I did some work on that Megasbass jerkbait, I caught about 10 before we left that area, including 2 over 3lbs. I also picked up a couple small fish on a spinnerbait.
Only one I weighed, had to test new scale 3lbs 8oz
Did not take long for Chong to tie on a jerkbait, on his second cast he got a nice chunky 3lbr on a Smithwick Rogue. We covered a bunch more water in this backwater, most of our fish came on jerkbaits, but we did get a couple on jigs & soft plastics.
We decided to make our way back towards the ramp, we finished up in a side cut of the main river. I ended up breaking my jerkbait on some rocks, breaking it right at back hook, causing it to only have 2 hooks. I kept throwing it and just a few casts later I bowed up on a donkey of a smallmouth. Had it up next to the boat and it jumped as I reached it and spit my bait, that 3rd treble would have been handy there. Oh well, still fun, I did catch a 3lb smallie two minutes later on a drop shot with a hand poured wacky finesse worm.
Total I caught 22 or 23, Chong had 7 or 8 with a big walleye & a big drum. We both probably had 16-17lbs for our best 5 bass. Glad I could get out, should not have a problem catching a legal bass in every month of 2012 now!
In summary, although water was creeping towards the 60 degree mark, which is super warm for this type of year, the fish behaved much like the water was in the lower 50’s. With water likely hitting 60 plus very soon, I think the actual spawn will lag behind the water temp a bit, because the bass biologically just have not had time to get ready to spawn. I am guessing it takes time for the females to produce those eggs, so keep that in mind fishing this spring.
If you are going to the Northwest Sportshow this week, you should be able to find me hanging out in the Kruger Farms booth, they have come on as a new Dobyns Rods dealer, come by and let me show you some rods that have balance and feel like no other! If not, I will be selling some more Loomis rods in my Bass
In other news, if you follow my facebook page, I have mentioned we got some good stuff coming soon. Should be several new product reviews and giveaways for my readers, one in particular I am excited about is Evolve Baits, check out some of their offerings.