As I mentioned in a previous blog post, river fishing can provide some fun action and some great memories. This last week, my buddy Danno and I got together after work and took the boat out to some unchartered waters in search of ‘anything that will bite.’ We headed to a local lake that has a couple river inlets and a river outlet.
First creek channel we tried was mostly a dead zone, but looked promising for some largemouth bass with all of the lilly pads and cover. We made our way up to the end, about to turn around, and Danno hooked into a small northern pike. Not a monster by any means, but it put a good mojo in the boat.
Second spot we tried another river inlet with the current pouring out and the waves pouring in. The shallow depths made it dicey for the trolling motor and the dog decided to hop out to swim around and run on shore. Doh! Gotta love that dog, but man does he make it hard sometimes. This spot was a no go, so we head to the only outlet on the lake.
We slowly crept in and noticed the current pouring through pretty fast. A lot of recent rainfalls have really got the water going. I was a little nervous about the depths and my boat scraping bottom, but to my surprise, we had regular 3-4 foot depths in the channel. We cruised with the current most of the time, only using the trolling motor to steer, and we popped a few more pike, including a nice 30 incher.
On our way back up this river outlet, the trolling motor battery was having a little trouble getting through the current, so we fired up the big motor until we got to a nice little hole where Danno had hooked up with a small pike earlier. We anchored and casted for about 10 minutes, and we missed a few fish, and Danno hooked into a great fighting smallmouth bass with several acrobatic jumps. The video catches the end of the fight, but here was the result:
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.