News flash: Northern waters are pretty darn good for bass
Yeah, yeah, yeah – it’s still almost two months until the bass-fishing season in Minnesota begins. But I can’t help myself. All this melting snow and warm sun (whatever snow remains in store for us will be gone quickly) has me thinking about throwing spinnerbaits, skipping lures beneath docks, and throwing mushroom-head jigs and plastic worms along deep weedlines.
I don’t need much prompting to think about bass fishing. Heck, I drive around and look in flooded ditches and think about pitching a jig and pig in there. The cool thing about it is that even if Minnesota isn’t widely believed to a fantastic bass-fishing destination, it is. No, you’re not going to catch a 10-pounder, and you probably can catch higher sheer numbers of big fish in southern waters.
But in Minnesota you can easily go out and have a 50-fish day. And it’s not out of the question that one of those fish will go 5 pounds or heavier.
I got to thinking about how lucky we are to have such awesome bass fishing in Minnesota during a recent chat with Alabama’s Randy Howell, who’s the current king of bass fishing, having won the Bassmaster Classic in February.
Several of the questions I asked related specifically to northern waters. And while his answers applied to northern waters in general, as far as I’m concerned, he may as well have been talking about Minnesota.
“For the most part, what I see is that northern waters seem to be a lot better,” Howell said. “A lot of people in the south don’t realize how good fishing up north is. When we say we have to go to New York or Minnesota, people in the south say, ‘I bet you hate having to go up there.’ And I say, ‘No, it’s actually a lot better up there.’”
It’s not the first time I’ve heard someone in a position to know make the same sort of statement. And it’s a good reminder that we should take advantage of the incredible bass-fishing opportunities we have in this state.