March 4, 2024

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Fishing With Mike Frisch – Season Highlights

Mike Frisch with a Kabetogama walleye.

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The 2023 open-water fishing season is mostly “in the books” now.  With that in mind, I want to look back at some of the fun fishing action partners and I had this past season.  These are good memories that maybe can at least be partially duplicated in 2024!

Big Stone Lake

Local guide Tanner Arndt and I spent a day on his home lake of Big Stone in early June.  Tanner said we should be able to catch some big bluegills and maybe we would chase bass once we got our fill of bluegills.   We went to a shallow rock-weed transition area and quickly started catching ‘gills.  Most of these fish were around 9 ½” in length, a big bluegill anywhere in the Midwest, though we did break the 10” barrier too.  These fish were scrappy as can be and lots of fun to catch. 

After catching a bunch of bluegills, we put away the ultralight rods and reels and broke out heavier rods and reels and went bass fishing.  Throwing Texas rigged Rage Craws and the new Tungsten Thunder Cricket vibrating jigs, we were able to put a bunch of bass in the boat.  We didn’t land any of the 6-pound giants Big Stone occasionally puts out, but Tanner caught and released a couple over 4 pounds.

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