Minnesota Bass Smashfest | Jason Mitchell Outdoors

Minnesota Bass Smashfest

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We love exploring small lakes in Minnesota for largemouth bass and panfish and a favorite thing for us to do is travel down roads less traveled to explore backwoods lakes that are often full of fish. We have fished several of these little gems near Walker, Minnesota while in the Leech Lake Area.

This area offers so many great fishing opportunities. We have done a lot of walleye, bass and musky fishing on Leech Lake in the past but what continues to amaze us is the great fishing that seemingly hides in the shadows of Leech Lake. Down small logging trails and off the beaten path are several small lakes that don’t get any attention but offer incredible fishing. We seldom see another boat. Leech Lake rightfully gets so much attention from anglers but don’t overlook the staggering number of tiny lakes within a twenty mile range of Leech.
We often just pick a lake and fish, trying different lakes each day and an easy way to find fish fast on these small lakes is to just work the outside weed edge and cast in to cover water by burning a spinner bait. Once you find productive stretches of water, you can slide out with a Ned Rig, Neko Rig, wacky worm, drop shot or jig and craw. There are also some great frog and weedless spoon bites in the lilly pads and wild rice.
These lakes are very easy to fish, provide tremendous opportunities and often produce really big bass. Bass fishing these small lakes is also a great way to find really big bluegill and crappie off the beaten path. Thanks for watching and leave your comments below. What do you enjoy about fishing small backwoods lakes? We love the lack of info and the exploring. We also love being the only boat on an entire lake. Make sure to subscribe to keep up with future content from JMO.

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Jason Mitchell is a professional angler, and outdoor writer. Host of Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television, he is a renown multi-species and ice angler, and owner of Devils Lake, North Dakota's, Mitchell's Devils Lake Guide Service.