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What's Up Outdoors: A lesson on Mille Lacs bass

This week my focus has been on the only lake that walleyes like bass lures more than the bass do--yep Mille Lacs Lake. This weekend the Brainerd Warrior fishing team will be competing in a state bass tournament and I will be taking out Lexi Ruggl...

Steve Quinn with a beautiful Mille Lacs Lake smallmouth bass. Submitted photo.
Steve Quinn with a beautiful Mille Lacs Lake smallmouth bass. Submitted photo.

This week my focus has been on the only lake that walleyes like bass lures more than the bass do-yep Mille Lacs Lake. This weekend the Brainerd Warrior fishing team will be competing in a state bass tournament and I will be taking out Lexi Ruggles and Caleb Nagel.

Now, I do consider myself to have plenty of time on the lake, but mostly walleye fishing. So I asked Hall of Fame fisherman Steve Quinn if he would mind taking me out and showing me a few more techniques. We met up and the day started great with my personal best smallmouth on the first spot. And then Mother Nature decided to be in a bad mood. The next five hours we had constant downpours and, of course, the wind decided to kick up. Wouldn't you know it, we were on the wrong end of the lake. But by the end of the day, the sun came out and the bass decided to put on the feed bags for a while. No matter what the weather was, it was great to spend some time in the boat with Steve and learn some new tricks. Hopefully we put some fish in the boat this Sunday.

Next Saturday, on Aug. 6, we are having the second annual Superhero Fishing Rod Tournament on Rice Lake. There is still room if you want to come out and try your luck on walleyes, pike and bass on snoopy rods. Everyone is welcome, and profits go to W.I.N.K, (Women In Need of Kindness) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports women going through breast cancer. Take off is at 7:30 a.m. and weigh in is at 1 p.m. So be there early to register, or come and watch the weigh in. Lunch and awards will follow the weigh in. For more information, check out W.I.N.K. on Facebook, or What's Up Outdoors, or you can call me. Hope to see you there.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What's Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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