White Bear Lake Keeps the Lines Tight
This weekend, the Minnesota Bass Tour fished their second tournament of the season on White Bear Lake, presented by Blackfish Gear! It’s been 5 years since our last event here and anglers were faced with fishing a lake that was 4 feet higher than it was back in 2014. Bass Tour members were also faced with the fun challenge of sorting through a large volume of 14-16 inch bass to try and beat the field.
As indicated in the pre-tournament post, our first-ever visit to Forest Lake was anticipated to be a “grind.” Angler expectations were that 12 pounds for 5 bass will be the norm and sorting through 1-2 pounders to fill limits.
After all, perusing other circuits’ historical results on Forest seemed to conclude that having a 15 pound bag-o-bass “should” clinch a win. More so than perhaps than other lakes, anglers capable of finding that kicker on Forest Lake “should” find themselves in the winners’ circle as well.
The second event of 2017 is in the books and as highlighted in previous recaps, Lake Waconia hasn’t been kind weather-wise to the MN Bass Tour. Of the 3 previous events, all were delayed due to severe weather. On the flip-side, tourney results didn’t seem to be hampered by how those days started.
So while the weather wasn’t severe, it still presented it’s own challenges. Temps at blast-off were low 50’s never getting higher than 65, overcast clouds until 11:00 and anglers managing a 10-15 mph northwest wind all day long. Tour members couldn’t help but wonder if we skipped over summer and went straight into Fall!
But it was Team Flippin’ & Lippin’ of Mike Doughty and Tim “Krebby” Krebs who healed their wounds from their lackluster finish in August 2015. That day, they were only able to muster up 11.75 lbs.