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Old Man River was Unkind

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 .

Still better than work,