Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lake Pepin Jetty

We visited a nice jetty on Lake Pepin today, and fished from it for a few hours. I was hoping to run into some white bass action, and even though I found some fish, the fishing was slow... I rigged my bass rod with slow sinking "hover" head and fished with small shad imitations-jig hook clousers, and craft fur minnows.

While I was fishing, Amy took a bike ride around the park. These cool looking blue bikes are available for everyone to use for free!

I saw several boils-whites were chasing baitfish, but very sporadically. This little guy came to my fly about 30 minutes upon my arrival. It was the only white bass for the day...

These guys were more common, bumping my fly often.

Just when I was getting ready to leave, this sauger attacked the fly in the rocky shallows... a pretty little fish!

On our way back, we watched a pair of cranes in the valley. We have been observing them already earlier this spring. They have been nesting in the valley for the past six seasons. Amazing birds, indeed! I took several pictures from the car, and even though not great (they were pretty far from the road), this one turned out the best. We'll be back on the lake soon!



Very cool! Vlad!

Glad you have a great day outing!

The white bass definitely a very interesting species to chase! We have a lake that has a lot of white bass... It is so fun to see them busting on top. Maybe I should get the kayak out : )

Jeremy said...

Very cool pics Vlad. You make me grin, you get out and about so much! So full of life.

And Amy looks d_mn nice on a bike!! :-)

I put the camera in my boat today. Here's hoping...


flyfishingunlimited said...

Mark and Jeremy, thank you!

White bass remind me of stripers (no surpise there) in their behavior. Free roaming and they strike with the big heart:-)

I only wish this location is little closer...I would be on the jetty all the time.

Anonymous said...

Were you using the "basket" to protect your line from being damaged on the rocks or were you using a shooting head?

flyfishingunlimited said...

Both actually. While the full line would work just as good as the shooting head in this situation, the basket allows you to move quickly along the jetty without snags. I can keep my line ready to cast, watch for the boils, and position myself without having to reel in and strip out the line again.