Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

June 21, 1999

The fishing was good

The fishing was good: crappies, sunnies, northerns, and a dandy largemouth bass.

A couple of weeks ago in this column I told you I was going to take a few days off to do some fishing. On June 8, 9, and 10, I did just that. I didn't get a chance to head up north like I had planned. But, a few fish found my bait, none the less.

The first day of the three day affair I headed out to Lake Marion near Brownton with a nephew of mine to do some largemouth bass fishing. We got rained out for awhile, but eventually got into some good fishing.

We started casting spinnerbaits and plugs along the shoreline, picking up a few bass and northern pike, and then we decided to make the big jump, pulling our 14-foot fishing boat over a dike to get to a backwater bay usually full a bass. Like other times, the backwater bay on Marion didn't let us down.

We ended with our stringer close to full including a dandy four and one-half pounder I landed on an ultra-light rig with four-pound test.

Later that day I headed out to Howard Lake in search of walleye and northern pike. The northern action was fair and the walleyes weren't biting. However, if you're like me, you'll fish for anything that is willing to bite and are very happy if something does. In this case, the fish willing to bite were crappies, and they were dandy ones too.

As sunset rolled around, I had fished my way to three fair sized northerns and 10 one-pound-plus crappies. The crappies were a little touchy and the only way I could get them to bite was trolling with a small tube jig tipped with a wax worm.

Day two included nabbing some dandy sunfish on a few small ponds and gravel pits and tangling with catfish on the South Fork of the Crow River. The river fishing was great, with small northerns hitting at a good pace and good sized catfish sucking up nightcrawlers faster than a mosquito could bite me on the neck. One catfish tipped the scale at just over six pounds.

Day three found myself and another nephew on Lake Mary. We were out after panfish and largemouth bass. A stiff south wind kept us from finding the bass and made fishing for panfish on the north end of the lake a bit tough. All in all, the fishing on Mary was good. Small sunfish bit in huge numbers and we managed to pick up 14 dandy crappies, trolling in 10 feet of water.

Although I didn't get the canoe in the water or get up north like I had wanted to, the time spent fishing was time well spent. Bass, northerns, sunfish, and crappies were caught on local lakes and lot of fish are left for next time.


Outdoor notes:

  • The Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days fishing contest is set for Saturday, June 26 on Howard Lake. To enter, or for more information, stop at Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake or call contest director Bill Strandquist at 320-543-3331.
  • The sunfish are spawning and the action on many of the lakes in our area has been very good. Cruise the shallows looking for spawning beds and when you find them, you'll find fish.
  • Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported anglers fishing Howard Lake are finding good action on northern pike and sunfish.
  • If you want a new fishing experience try fly fishing for panfish on our area lakes. Many time the bigger sunfish are willing to hit a small fly when they won't bite on anything else.
  • Today is the first day of summer.
  • Get out and enjoy the season and don't forget the bug spray.

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