Minnesota Vacation '10

I just returned from my annual trip to Bass Lake in Minnesota. As always I had a great time, enjoyed the beautiful country around me... oh and I did some fishing. This year I hit four bodies of water Bass Lake, Deer Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish (Winnie), and the Mississippi River. Deer Lake was a beautiful body of water, very clear and blue, and I caught a lot of Rock Bass and one Largemouth and one Smallmouth. Also the first time I fished Winnie, the fifth largest lake in Minnesota, did very well on Walleye. Overall Fishing was good but slower than last year and we had some windy days that made boat control a bit difficult. I went in to last week with two goals: catch a Northern Pike on my fly rod and catch a 10 lbs Northern Pike on Bass Lake. I achieved the first but not the second. To be honest I came away a bit bummed that I didn't boat a large Pike but that's fishing and the appeal and challenge of the sport. Some days you can't pattern the fish and there is always more to learn. Here are the pictures of the trip: 

Evening on Bass Lake

Nice Walleye from my Dad, bottom bouncer and leech on snell. Lake Winnie

Bass Lake Largemouth: despite its name catching Bass, Smallmouth or Largemouth, on that lake is always a challenge. Wacky Worm

First Northern Pike caught on a fly rod. 8 weight rod, Clauser Fly

Engine blew on my Uncle's pontoon. It was my job to be Theodore Tugboat and bring them to shore. 

Nice Bluegill. Jig 

Fly fishing the Mississippi River

Nice Northern Pike from Chris. Mepps Aglia #5

Baby Ducks

My first Walleye of the trip. Bottom bouncer and leech on Snell. Lake Winnie.

Smallmouth from Chris at the Mississippi. Wacky Worm

Another Pike on Fly Rod. They put up a good fight. Clauser Fly

Fishing the reeds at Bass Lake.

A few Walleye from Winnie, thanks to guide Reed Ylitalo. 

Lots of Rock Bass caught. Feisty little guys. Wacky Worm 

Chris working really hard on Winnie to catch Walleye. 

My Mother's Northern Pike. Mepps Aglia #5