April 16, 2012

Our resort is a great location for fishing. Ned Kehde, an In-Fisherman author and long time guest of Loon Point Resort, had some kind words and fishing tips to share about Wasson lake. We thank him for the article and are pleased to share it with you!
 
Loon Point Resort on Wasson Lake is an ideal venue for a family-fishing vacation.
 
For a decade, various members of our family of four children and 10 grandchildren
have spent a week in late July and early August relishing this idyllic Northwoods
retreat that is embellished daily with the antics of  eagles, loons, otter, beaver, deer,
chipmunks, leopard frogs and scores of other denizens.
 
The solitude that encompasses the lake and its shorelines provides us with a delightful respite
from the clatter that often waylays anglers and vacationers at other Minnesota waterways.
 
The lake’s 419 acres, which is often graced with 17 feet of clarity, has yielded as many
as 115 largemouth and smallmouth bass to members of our family across seven days of fishing,
as well as scores of northern pike, bluegill, crappie and a rare walleye or two.  By the way, all of these fish were released so that they could procreate again and be caught and released by other families that visit Loon Point Resort.
 
To catch the bass, we use what is called finesse tactics, which can be read about at
http://www.in-fisherman.com/core-experts/ned-kehde/blog/. In essence, our tackle consist of
a medium-action or medium-powered spinning outfit that is spooled with either six or eight-pound-test line.  To the line we attach a Gopher Tackle’s a 1/16-ounce Mushroom Jig Head.
 
Typically the jig is dressed with either a four-inch Z-Man watermelon-red-flake Finesse WormZ or a 2 1/2-inch Z-Man watermelon-red-flake Zinker Z. (The ZinkerZ is a five-inch bait that we cut in half, which makes it 2 ½-inches long.)
 
At times we also affix a four-inch Bass Pro Shops XPS Single Tail Grub in a watermelon-red-flake hue to a Gopher Tackle’s  3/32-ounce Mushroom Jig Head.
 
We present these baits to the bass by casting them to the edge and slightly past the edge of the lily pads, patches of wild rice or other emergent vegetation.
 
We also work many acres of submergent aquatic plants, such as coontail, cabomba, sand grass, eel grass and broadleaf cabbage. Around the submergent vegetation, we focus on the edges and holes or pockets inside the patches of vegetation.
 
The best retrieve for the worm and ZinkerZ is what we call a swim-glide-and-shake retrieve, which allows the bait to travel about six inches above the vegetation or bottom.  And we frequently shake the rod as we slowly crank the reel handle.
 
When we employ the grub, we merely cast it and slowly retrieve or swim it. Occasionally we pause the retrieve for two seconds and then we twitch or shake the rod as we begin the swimming retrieve again.  We repeat that sequence for the entire length of the retrieve, and when the grub reaches the boat, we occasionally make a figure eight with the grub, which can provoke a bass or northern that is trailing the grub to strike it.
 
To catch crappie, we employ a Gopher Tackle’s 1/32-ounce Mushroom Jig Head dressed with either a pearl or chartreuse two-inch grub or 1 ½-inch Ozark Fishing’s Puddle Jumper (http://ozarkfishing.com/site/puddle-jumpers/). We work these along the edges of the patches of submergent vegetation. We also pitch the Puddle Jumper into the holes and pockets of the submergent vegetation.
 
The bigger bluegills are also caught in the holes and pockets in the submerged vegetation.
 
(In the 2012 In-Fisherman Panfish Guide, there is an article I wrote that features the way Brian Brosdahl of Max, Minnesota, catches bluegill and crappie from submergent vegetation by using a slip bobber. Brosdahl methods will work well at Wasson Lake, too.)
 
Here’s hoping that these insights will help other families to enjoy the same wonderful days that we have at Wasson Lake and Loon Point Resort.
 
Ned & Pat Kehde and family