Whitecaps crashed on the lake as we drove to the landing. Canoeing and fly casting in twenty mph wind. Call it crazy or stupid, its probably both. Fortunately, the landing on this small, weedy lake was situated in a small, mostly sheltered bay. Despite getting absolutely hammered both summer and winter due to its close proximity to the metro, this little lake continues to produce huge crappies and bluegills in good numbers. We have ice fished here in past years and caught lots of slab crappies, but this was the first time we fished in open water. The fishing was slow for the first hour. Braden caught one decent crappie on a flash bugger and I had a few bites on a popper, but that was it until the wind died down. I had some action on a popper and a small DNA Clouser. Finished with a fat bluegill and a good crappie along with some smaller fish. Didn’t catch the slabs I was hoping for, but it was still fun to get out. The wind limited us to the small bay, so we couldn’t get to some better spots. In the other canoe, Noah fished with his new Cabelas glass 4wt and caught a slab of a crappie among smaller ones(more on the glass in a later post). At the landing, I noticed the DNR’s invasive species sign for the first time. Eurasian water milfoil, an invasive weed that chokes out native plants, was found in the lake a few years ago. This is a huge bummer, but hopefully the fishing will remain good. Do your part to prevent invasive species! On a lighter note, we are going up to the cabin with Grandpa for the weekend. Bass, trout, panfish, and maybe some catfish.
Best flies and tactics: Small minnow patterns such as DNA Clousers and Noahs minnows. The crappies and bluegills are shallow, two to five feet along the weed lines.