Turtle Lake MN

Catch of the Day

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It started out as a calm and cloudy morning, but the sun came out and made for a pretty nice August day to be fishing on Turtle Lake. This lake has very clear water but not a lot of weed growth in it. That is a very rare combination for this area of Minnesota. The lake bottom is very sandy and rocky. I would have to guess that it’s the firm bottom that prevents the aquatic vegetation from gaining much of a foothold on this lake.

Lakes with sandy and rocky bottoms are perfect for Carolina rigging, but another good lure to use would be a football jig, sometimes known as a Rock Roller Jig. I wasn’t very familiar with the football jig when I taped this video so I fished this lake with the Carolina rig. This lake has several points and bars on it that are just perfect for Carolina rigging. All I did was motor out to the large bar out in the middle of the lake and start dragging it with my Carolina rig. I was using plastic centipedes on my Carolina rig and I began catching bass right away. I was fishing in ten to twenty or more feet of water. In the video below, you will learn what kind of fishing tackle you need for the Carolina rig, and how to use it.

Turtle Lake has an immediate catch and release regulation on it, so you must release all your bass immediately.

This was a very productive day for me on Turtle Lake. I caught lots of feisty bass but they were just a little bit below average size for most of the lakes in this area. A couple more years of “catch and release” and these little bass will grow up to be big bass.

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Lures Used: Carolina rig, Texas rigged worm. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Humps, bars, and points. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass. Topics of Discussion: Counting down your lure, Tackle for Carolina rigging.

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