Last minute outing to the river on Sunday, February 19th to wrap up the 2022 fishing season. Slow day but we caught about a dozen bass, 2 carp and a buffalo. A tug-of-war battle with a carp that ended up being my biggest carp to date! We didn’t get a measurement but estimating close to 30 inches and between 15-20 lbs. Pulled drag and gave a tough battle! A big credit to my cousin and the best net man Binh. A fun memorable season!
Starting off 2023 on a good note!
A nice warm-up on Sunday, January 15th got the smallies into a little feeding frenzy! Nonstop action for a good couple hours. A few fish caught on tubes, blade bait, mostly live bait. Biggest of the day was 20″ at 4.2 lbs. as shown in this video. Fun day! Check out the video and photos below.
One Last Outing for 2022
Smallmouth craze! Today might have been our last open water outing but if it is it sure was a great way to end a phenomenal season. Binh and I made another visit to the Mississippi River in Monticello. Nonstop smallmouth action for a good couple hours and then gusty winds blew debris downriver ultimately effecting the bite. Here are a few highlights from this morning’s action. Until next season… tight lines!
Late Fall River Smallmouth
Another super late fall fishing adventure on the Mississippi River with my cousin Binh! Over 30 smallies and a monster carp. Just a few highlights in this video.
Mississippi River Monticello Smallmouth
What an epic day on the river with Mahigan Outdoors! My cousin Binh Nguyen and I caught and released well over 30 feisty brown bass including a pair over 20 inches, 5 fish over 19 inches as well as many others on the Mississippi River near Monticello. Matt put us on the spot, it almost felt like a fishing frenzy for awhile! Video is currently in production. Anyone looking for a trout or smallmouth guide trip, I highly recommend Matthew Doth of Mahigan Outdoors for your next fishing adventure in the Twin Cities area. He is first class and you will have a great time!
2nd Place Finish
A fun day of tournament action! Gary Engel and I ended up with a 12.13 lb. bag and a 2nd place finish. Felt good with the outcome even though it was our first time fishing this lake.
A couple hours to spare this morning, I worked a tree stump and hooked into a big bass on a chatterbait. Binh followed up with a spinnerbait and hooked into another big bass in the same spot. An overall great outing and a few pike landed also!
Reuniting with Gary for a fun evening
Always a good time with this guy! Conditions were ideal yesterday evening and many fish made it to the boat including a 20 incher. Mainly a jig bite along the weedline and brushpiles.
Big Turtle Lake Smallmouth Fishing
Stacey, Joshua, and I made our fifth family vacation/fishing trip together to Arcadia Lodge up on Big Turtle Lake. This was probably by far our best fishing trip to Arcadia Lodge!
Weather was hot and humid the first three days and cooled off a little bit. A couple of strong severe storms came through in the late evening and overnight causing power outages to all of the cabins. With the late ice out and the extreme hot temps that brought the lake temp up about 10 degrees, the smallmouth moved shallow to begin the spawn process and the fishing was fast and furious! I caught too many to count, but most fish were in the 3-8 feet ranging from 16″ to 18.5″. Everything seemed to work but majority of the fish were caught on the Clackin’ Crank, Pop-R, blade bait, jig & craw, and Ned rig.
Check video below for the full action!
Vermillion River Trout Fishing with Matt Doth of Mahigan Outdoors
My manager Ed and I went on a fun and educational little adventure with our guide Matt Doth of Mahigan Outdoors on the beautiful Vermillion River searching for the elusive brown trout this past Wednesday evening. Although we didn’t hook a brown, we had a blast catching lots of rainbows! Enjoy the video.