Team Chasing 9.0 wrapped up the 2013 season with a road trip to the home of the current state record large mouth bass, Lake Auburn, near Victoria, Minn. The lake is really two small bowls connected by a small, dammed channel. Although we saw several duck boats navigating the channel we chose to stay on the west side. We soon found out the September 21 was the opening of duck season. The 45 degree weather should have been a clue.
We fished the undeveloped shoreline with little success before breaking out the Bose and playing a little AC/DC “Hell’s Bells.” Even this didn’t help. We did decide however, that the song would become our theme announcing our arrival on the boat ramp.
After lunch we relocated to Lake Minnewashta in Chanhassen, Minn. Being near the big Lake Minnetonka, Minnewashta is also rated highly as a bass fishery. With million dollar homes on the west shore and a state park on the east shore, their was a lot of gamey looking sites to fish. We fished until dark, with Dave catching only a small northern and a couple of small bass. Mike caught zero. Not even a lost fish. The outcome was disappointing for lakes that host so many tournaments.
We were on Lake Waconia by 6:30 am on Sunday, just a few minutes before the duck hunters opened fire for the day. I couldn’t hardly see Dave but apparently the hunters could see ducks dropping in. The temp had warmed up but so did the wind. We stuck to the shallow edges of the deep lake but we had no success. Dave even resorted to throwing his umbrella rig with no luck. He even let Mike fish from the front seat. We came across a lot of teams pre-fishing the lake for an upcoming muskie tournament. The fact that they were fishing the same areas as we were was a sign that perhaps the bass had moved out.
After having nothing to show for our efforts, we chose to head home early and stop by Little Cormorant. The wind was strong but so was the sun and we were able to find several great areas of calm to work the shoreline. This was the exact same area we rocked just a few weeks ago. It seemed like a good place to finish up the season. Nothing.
It would seem that with cooling weather the bass should be feeding and putting on weight for the winter. We must have been a little early. The water temps have dropped. The vegetation is dying. You can’t time this stuff.
Dave and Mike agreed that although we didn’t have much to show for it, the trip was a success. More to come. The good news is that both have signed on for “Chasing 9.0 Season 3″. Watch for updates over the winter as we prepare for the May 2014 Minnesota bass opener!