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Headed up to MN in a couple weeks and can't wait to get on some bass. Hope they're still prespawn during this year's trip.

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Prespawn might be a stretch but I bet you see them on the beds.  Late start/almost no spring in these parts but the water has warmed quickly once the ice finally left.

 

Last weekend, at about the same latitude as OTC (assuming that’s where you’re headed) the males were all over in the shallows.  Didn’t see many bass beds yet and didn’t see any big females but they’re getting close.  Didn’t have a way to check temps so I can’t tell ya that, just what I saw.

 

Heading to Ely this weekend - I’ll have temps and observations from there next week.

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Yep, OTC. I wouldn't mind seeing some on beds. Seems like I usually get there just as the largemouth are wrapping up.

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Males were on the beds last night on a lake here in the metro.

Not my deal, so I let 'em be.

Which means I didn't catch much at all compared to last week.

:)

 

Oh well, be a couple weeks before the summer patterns start happening.

Already a hint of cottonwood floating on the water though. *booooo*

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Surface water temps in Ely are 69-71 on the lakes we visited.  I think that’s a really fast warm up though and the actual spawning depth temps are lower.  I haven’t seen any bass bedding activity and the 18-19 inch smallies I’ve been catching are all fat and egg laden.  

 

They’re sitting deeper than usual this time of year too.  The walleyes are are still shallow.

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They were done spawning for the most part. Fishing was great and I caught a ton of bass. Swim jigs, senkos, and a popper were the MVBs.

 

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Those are some real nice bass!  And your MVB bait line is one I’d be happy to fish as well.  Great work!

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