No better way to spend a long holiday weekend then doing a little bass fishing!!! Friday July 4th, I had a guide trip out on Lake Minnetonka. We launched out of Gray’s Bay and kind of stuck to the east end of the lake. We started throwing some topwater and spinnerbaits over some weedlines that I had caught fish on in the past. I caught a pike and a nice little bass pretty quick on a Vixen. We then started working the deeper edge, quickly Daryl boated a bass on a black 10″ Power Worm. I then caught several fish on soft plastics ranging from ring frys, robo worms and Big show paddle tails. Daryl caught his fair share on a wacky rigged Yamamoto Senko. We probably caught close to 10 bass on the first area. The next area we each caught one keeper on soft plastics. The 3rd area produced 3 small bass on spinnerbaits and another on a drop shot. We tried a couple more deep areas, but the boat traffic started to be too much to fish main lake areas. We then fished some shallow weeds, pads and docks. We caught another 6-7 bass on jigs, frogs, sweet beavers & senkos. On the way back in I spun the hub on my prop, so we ended up fishing our way back through Wayzata bay and I caught one more real nice bass on a green Brovarney Swim Jig. We finished up in the pads across from the access and I caught one fish on a frog and 2 more on the swim jig. All in all, a pretty good day for numbers, but nothing over 3lbs.
Saturday morning, I got out on Lake Marion just to try my spare prop, making sure it was just a spun hub on my good prop. Thankfully that was the case, I fished for about 45 min, caught a few small keepers but nothing to write home about.
On Sunday, my Pan-O-Prog partner spent a full day out practicing on Lake Marion. In all, we found plenty of fish but had trouble getting the quality bites that you normally need to do well in this tournament. Out best numbers bait was a green pumpkin Brovarney swim jig. We covered a lot of water and that will be the plan during the tournament.
If you are not too busy on Saturday afternoon, come check out the Pa-O-Prog weigh in at Casperson Park on Lake Marion. The small lake usually kicks out some big bass, as it always seems to take 20-24lbs to win this tournament.