It's nearing the end of February here in Minnesota which means Cabin Fever is setting in! I still have a small list of modifications I want to add to my kayak and a few things that need replacing which I'm hoping to wrap up in the coming weeks. Our fishing season for Bass, Walleye and Pike closes this weekend and doesn't open back up until May to allow the fish time and protection to spawn. Before the season for the larger game fish opens up I will usually spend an outing or two chasing Crappies while they are up in the shallows. Once they move out of the shallows they become a lot more difficult to pattern.
For those anglers who are wanting to target the larger game species before the season opens in May there is still an option. Pool 2 of the Mississippi River offers year round Catch & Release fishing for Walleye, Sauger, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. In a typical year the Mississippi River backwaters will start to lose their ice in late March. The fishing is typically slow for the first couple weeks but once the water warms up you can have some great days chasing Bass in the main river and the backwaters.
Here is a video from one of my better outings last year (May 1st, 2015) in the backwaters:
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Mitch Bradshaw has been a kayak angler since 2011. He calls the beautiful state of Minnesota home and during the non-winter months he often has trouble deciding which of the 10,000 lakes he should drop his kayak into. He spends most of his time chasing Largemouth Bass but he also has a passion for trying new techniques and targeting new species.