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Old 05-05-2011, 11:53 PM
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Default Smallmouth time in Northern Minnesota

Every spring the Smallmouth leave the deep holes they winter over in the Rainy River and give me the most fun that should be legal with a fly rod. Unless there are some very odd weather patterns, this happens on my side of the river the first week of May like a clock. There are some Smallies that come shallow earlier on the sunny side (Canadian) of the river a bit earlier, but first week of May is pretty consistant here. Here is the first Bass of the year. A nice 18"er. Cinco de Mayo Bass. Generally speaking, the first ones shallow are often the biggest Bass. Once this gets going really good, it is not uncommon for me to get several dozen a day like this and bigger. Hence the most fun that should be legal with a fly rod. I get these fish out long enough for a fast photo and back in the water right where I hook them at. I have never clobbered a Smallie yet, and till I gill or gut shot one I plan to keep it that way. They are just to fun to only catch once.
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Oh man that's a nice hog there, I love catching the river smallies around here even then 10-14" ones but up great fights! Nice catch!
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Thats a beautiful Bass, Nice catch
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That's a PIG! And you say you catch them bigger!?!? You are truly blessed with a great fishery.
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Nice bass! Grats.
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Jeez Dan! I'll leave it at that.............
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Sweet Stuff there Dan...That's a nice Bass...

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That's a PIG! And you say you catch them bigger!?!? You are truly blessed with a great fishery.
17 and 18 inchers are really common here. Part of the reason is that everyone around here has a Walleye fixation. There are a few people fishing them now, but 5 years ago I pretty much had them to myself. A couple of years ago, the first day they came in, I got 7 Smallies in 7 casts and the smallest was 17 1/2". The biggest is now the 16 lb tippet Fishing Hall of Fame record. You can see why I look forward to spring here. Horrible winters not withstanding.
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awesome fish!!

looks like quite a SMB fishery there.



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Awesome start to the season! Great catch. I love those border water regulations! I can finally chase some smallies this week with Wisco opener and MN starting this weekend. Can't wait to chase some bronzebacks.
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