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The bass bite has been good

The bass bite has been good the last few weeks in the metro, with a lot of fish starting to school on the outside weedline. We have been doing best fishing a jig worm in 10-16 feet of water. Walleyes are still running on the small side, but the numbers have been good. I would stick to a jig tipped with a minnow on the outside weed edges and breaks.

Canada, here I come. Jeremy Bester and myself are leaving today for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The tournament takes place over three days on Rainy Lake. I look forward to catching some giant smallmouth over the next week and a half. If you would like to follow how Jeremy and I are doing during the tournament please visit Every day they will have up-to-date results and live weigh-in. Until then good luck and fish-on! Choy!


Extra, Extra!

boat05_2.jpgThe new boat is here - check it out!

If you are looking to catch bass, Waconia has been on fire. Jason Boll (Booger) and I have fished the last few days on Waconia with fish numbers pushing 40. Today the biggest fish was a little over 5 pounds.

The primary presentation has been a wacky worm. For those of you that are not familiar with this technique, it is a senko hooked with a plain worm hook right through the middle. We are fishing it with no weight, and having great success dead sticking (fishing slow) it. All of our fish have been caught in less than 8 feet of water.

Tonight we did boat 5 walleyes, with only one being over the 16" minimum. Those fish came on both jig/minnow and jig/leech. We were only able to fish for about 45 minutes and the storm started to roll in.

Crappies are still up shallow in the bulrushes and around docks. They have been running a little on the small side.


One last trip to Red Lake

One last trip to Red Lake proved to be a good one. Between four of us we caught 47 crappies all over a pound in less than 20 minutes. However, we did have a few scary moments involving bad ice and a 7x14 fishhouse. All in all, it was a success.

I arrived home on Friday to open water in the Twin Cities. Waconia and many other lakes are open, and are starting to see some spring crappie action. With summer fast approaching make your plans and book now for a walleye, bass, or muskie outing on your favorite metro lake. My new Z20 Miller High Life Ranger boat will be here soon, and is sure to be one-of-a-kind to ride and fish in. I will be posting my summer schedule soon. You will have to make a point to come to one of my events or seminars just to check this boat out - it is going to be that cool! For now the crappie bite is on.


Upper Red Lake

Upper Red Lake is still producing some real dandy crappies for us the last few weeks. We have been fishing primarily out of Hillmans. Our fish have been coming on red buckshot spoons and shrimpos, both of which we are baiting with a full crappie minnow.

Two weekends ago our group finished with over 180 crappies for the trip and we ate fish 'til we were stuffed, didn't we fellas (Jim, Wayne, Bill, and of course, Gary)? All went well and I hope to be back up the first two weekends in April. mdistpfs8jennifer_pMy Picturesnichols2.gif

The ice conditions are great, and so is the fishing in April. If anyone is looking for that trip of a life time please call or write. If you want to come up or need a place to stay, we can offer you both a guide and also a place to stay right on the shores of Red Lake. We have extra houses on shore that we can put guys in over night and all the equipment (four-wheelers, portables, and houses) that you will need for a successful trip.

Nice going on the fish catching up there, Matty Rauenhorst.