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For the first time this bass season I happened upon a genuine school of fish today, not once but twice. (I did happen into a school of feeding bass before the season openned while fishing from shore, but that doesn't count as that I was fishing for pike.)

So what qualifies as a school?

Being able to catch multiple fish (more than 3) from a small area quickly with some of them biting on consecutive casts. In the first spot I got 9 fish from 14-17inches with most 15 to 16.5. I got 5 from the second school and missed 3to4; On this second school I got a 18" and 17" on consecutive casts and missed a fish on the next cast. All these fish were topwater. Fun Fun Fun.

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I have found the same thing they finally seem to be schooling up a bit. And if you like catching northerns throw crankbaits those slimey stinky fish are on a terror.

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Tonight I got a 17" first thing right off the bat and was buried in the reeds and lost another bigger fish soon after. I thought here we go again. But the bite was much more sporatic and spread out and I missed a lot of fish, many or most of which were probably pike anyway. I ended up landing 8 in about two hours and a half hours. All but two were bigger than 15inches, once again all on topwater but on the lake connected to the one I was on last night.

I can't believe I lost that hawg. I think it may have been a 5lb class fish. I guess that's what I get for not getting that head up ASAP.

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Between 12 noon and 1230 7 fish between 14-18 inches from a spot no bigger than my house which isn't very big. Fish on four casts in a row. They are starting to school. Nothing like throwing out feeling the thump and setting the hook.

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"May I ask what lake?"
Sure Platte/Sullivan in Morrison/Crow Wing County. The water is up more than a foot in Platte and still was rising today and we are getting more rain tonight. You would have to get wet to launch in Platte; in Sullivan the access are in better shape. I've gotten fish in both. You have to cover water or you had too, they might be spreading out now.

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