Glenn Walker and tournament partner had been eying up the Upper Midwest Bass Circuit Series (UMBCS) event on Prior Lake since the schedule came out this spring. Prior Lake 10 years ago was one of the hottest lakes in the Twin Cities metro area, with top team tournaments weighing in 32 lbs plus on an 8-fish limit, with one tournament being won with 40 lbs, yes this happened in Minnesota!
Since the hay days, this lake has gotten much tougher with one or two big bites on this lake go a long ways to a top finish. Leading up to the tournament, my partner spent some time on the lake checking areas that historically hold both big fish, but also numbers of fish that are in the 2 lb. range. Two pound bass are key on Lake Prior.
Going into the tournament, we had two areas that had schools of fish that were in the 2 lb. range and had a dozen or so deep, rock spots to run for big fish. Using a drop shot and jig worm to fish the weed edges yielded a quick limit, but most of those fish were in the 1 to 1.5 lb. range, so we switched things up and started flipping a Texas-rigged Zoom Super Hog rigged on a 4/0 Lazer TroKar TK130 hook and the 2 lb. fish started to bite!
Our “kicker” fish cam on a football jig, it weighted 2.9 lb’s, came off of a rock hump that I located with my Humminbird Side Imaging . Once we got this fish in the boat, we knew we had a decent shot to do well and really worked hard to find a four pounder that we pretty much knew would close the deal.
We tried hard but could find that 4 lber, but we still ended up in 2nd place with 10.7 lb’s!
Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos, for more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on his Facebook page, facebook.com/GlennWalkerFishing.