By: Jennifer Bateman | Friday, April 22, 2016
Walleye may be all the rage in this “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but in many places bass is still the king. Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the best places for bass fishing in the country, and in Two Inlets Lake the largemouth bass population has steadily increased over the last 10 years, making it a great bass-fishing destination, especially for early season fishing trips. It’s easy to see why largemouth bass are so fun to catch. They grow big, like to jump and fight, and they bite on lots of great artificial lures. From tourney pros to amateur anglers alike, for many visitors to the Park Rapids lakes area big bass are the main target.
New statewide regulations changed last year, with bass fishing season in Minnesota opening on May 14th, at the same time as walleye, northern pike and lake trout. This is good news for anglers visiting Two Inlets Resort in the early season. Warm sunny mornings are a great time to cruise the shallows with spincasters. Catch and Release rules are in full effect during this early season, until May 28th, but for most bass fishermen that’s no problem. With bass, the real joy is in casting for, catching and returning them, after you take a great photo of course!
A proper rod, net, plier and hook cutter will allow you to handle your fish easily instead of completely wearing it out. Remember to wet your hands before handling a fish in order to prevent removing too much of their natural protective slime.
Hold the fish in a horizontal position, using one hand to hold either the mouth or gill plate, and the other to support the fish’s belly. Do not attempt to hold the fish at a 45 degree angle or in a horizontal position by the jaw alone. You can dislocate the fish's jaw, causing the fish to starve to death.
Don’t put fish in a livewell if you intend to release them. The water in the tank is usually much warmer than the water in the lake, and the sudden temperature change can shock the fish. When you actually release your fish, lower it into the water gently, pushing forward as it regains its strength. Do not grab a fish by the tail and jerk it forward and backward to revive it.
Handle your bass with care so everyone can enjoy this amazing resource for years to come.
Good luck fishing and see you soon!
|05/07/16 - 05/08/16||Take-a-Mom fishing weekend|
|05/14/16 - 02/26/17||Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike|
|05/14/16 - 02/26/17||Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - Catch and Release Only|
|05/14/16 - 09/30/16||Lake Trout|
|05/28/16 - 09/11/16||Smallmouth Bass|
|05/28/16 - 02/26/17||Largemouth Bass|
|06/04/16 - 12/01/16||Muskellunge (Muskie)|
|06/10/16 - 06/12/16||Take-a-Kid fishing weekend|
|09/12/16 - 02/26/17||Smallmouth Bass - Catch and Release Only|
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