I headed to the Minneapolis City lakes yesterday with my son, Joe, hoping for some encounters with big bass. Usually, the lunkers start biting by mid July.
I figured, with the early spring and warm weather we’ve had this month, the bass would be right on schedule, if not early. Unfortunately, that was not the case. We spent all of our time on Cedar Lake, and the biggest fish I caught was only 15 inches, which is small for this lake.
I’m not sure why we didn’t catch any big ones. Maybe, the severe storm the day before had something to do with it. At least, the little ones seemed eager to hit our plastic worms. It shouldn’t be long before the big ones set up on the deep weedlines, where they’ll remain for the rest of the summer.
On the other hand, maybe it’s an off year for Cedar. It has happened before. Like last year. The fishing was horrible all summer. My friend caught an 18-incher on the Fourth of July and that was the biggest one of the year on that lake. I caught an 18-incher on Lake Calhoun later, which was the biggest for that lake as well.
But, I blame the slow fishing of last year on the weather. We had a cold July and a cold August, so the water never got warm enough for the bass to go deep. They stayed shallow and were scattered all summer. What’s more, they didn’t bite aggressively like they often do during the summer.
I’m not sure if I’ll go back out on Cedar again this year. Maybe, in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Lake Calhoun should be a good bet. This lake has consistently produced nice bass for me over the last several years. It’s loaded with structure and there are lots of fish all over. You have to fish a little deep — like 14 or 15 feet — but, it’s no problem once you get used to it. The fish often hang out in schools and, if you find a school of actively feeding fish, get ready for a bonanza!
I’m hoping that will happen yet this summer. The steady heat we’ve been having should drive the fish deeper in search of warmer water. Once that happens, the action should get much better.