Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass are a favorite among many anglers. Most commonly in northern Minnesota you will find Smallmouth Bass, but over the past few years Largemouth Bass have become more frequent. Because of their feisty nature anglers enjoy the sport of bass fishing. It is common for bass to jump out of the water and create quite a fight regardless of their size. Small and Largemouth Bass are both species of the black bass in the sunfish family. Smallmouth Bass are also known by bronzeback, brown bass, brownie, smallie, bronze bass and bareback bass.

Bass fishing has become the second most specifically sought-after game fish in the United States. The sport has driven the development of all manner of fishing gear, including rods, reels, lines, lures, electronic depth and fish-finding instruments, drift boats, float tubes, and specialized bass boats.

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All bass are scent as well as visual predators so care should be taken to ensure no foreign scents, like bug spray, or any outdoor chemicals, or any personal chemicals, like tobacco, contaminate one's hands when handling your line, reels, rods, artificial baits, and particularly soft plastics. Bass are usually fileted when taken for the table; the flesh is white and flaky, with a mild taste when cooked. Floating wooden lures(plugs) or poppers of lightweight cork or balsa were introduced around 1900, sometimes combined with hooks dressed with artificial fur or feathers. Production of the plastic worm began in 1949, but it was not until the 1960s that its use became popular. The plastic worm revolutionized the sport of bass fishing.

Largemouth Bass reach lengths of about two feet and can grow up to around twenty pounds. Although rare, a five pounder is considered a big fish. Smallmouth Bass are typically 12-15 inches and can reach 24 inches. A Smallmouth Bass Usually weighs 1-2 pounds but can reach up to 10 pounds.

Spring Bass Fishing
Early spring is bass spawning season and they begin to feed vigorously in preparation for the big event. Mature Largemouth Bass are best lured with small baitfish or imitations of baitfish that are flashy enough to catch their attention.

Summer Bass Fishing
Summer bass fishing may be an excellent pastime on the weekends with family and friends. Bass feeds well in the summer so your fishing outlook is positive.

Although you may fish all day, experts seem to agree that early morning and late evening are the two times of day that produce the best results. The bass's large eyes allow it to see other fish in low intensity light while keeping a stealthy profile during such times. This may be one of the reasons that bass have adapted to feeding during low light conditions. However, when there is no light at all, the feeding rates drop considerably.

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Fall Bass Fishing
The fall is also an excellent time for bass fishing. The cooling temperatures make bass more active and the fishing itself is similar to spring time. The fall usually brings many changes in conditions so the anglers must learn to adjust their technique quickly to these conditions.

The live bait or lures used during the fall season should normally be larger than ones used during the spring. The natural prey of the bass has had all spring and summer to grow, so by fall time it is much bigger. The fall also lends well to using different types of bait, but you should always try to match the types of bait used to the natural prey that the bass is accustomed to in the particular location.

The live bait or lures used during the fall season should normally be larger than ones used during the spring. The natural prey of the bass has had all spring and summer to grow, so by fall time it is much bigger. The fall also lends well to using different types of bait, but you should always try to match the types of bait used to the natural prey that the bass is accustomed to in the particular location.

Bass are not native to northern Minnesota. They were introduced by European travelers as a sport fish and they have spread to most northern Minnesota lakes and streams. Some lakes have an abundance of Smallmouth Bass. Some anglers visiting Timber Trail Lodge have experienced some of their best Bass fishing ever after targeting these fish.

Our guides specialize in guided fishing trips for bass, northern, walleye and many other fish found in the northern Minnesota. For the ultimate fishing experience we recommend the Grand Slam fishing package, which offers three full days of fishing. With three days you will have the opportunity to fish multiple lakes for various species in the area. For more information about our professionally guided fishing trips visit our Guided Fishing Packages page.

Minnesota Fishing Licenses are available at our lodge and various retailers in Ely. Licenses are also available online through the Minnesota DNR.

We encourage catch and release and are happy to provide you with recommended taxidermists for excellent graphite mounts.

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