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Hodag Bassmasters fish Squash Lake.
Hodag Bassmasters fish Squash Lake. / Beckie Joki/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

The Hodag Bassmasters fished Squash Lake in Rhinelander on Saturday, July 20. The morning started out cool, which was a nice break from the heat of the past weeks. As anglers we welcomed the change, but the fish seemed less than enthusiastic with the post cold front conditions.

We started out the morning with top waters, but didn't have the results we expected. The fish were suspended off the drops and weren't in the mood to chase surface baits. After catching only a few under-sized Smallmouths with this technique, we targeted wood in the shallow waters around the shoreline. This, too, brought only meager results.

It was still early in the morning when we switched over to fishing the inside weed edges, then the outside weed edges. We finally found decent fish on the outside weed edges. They were in 15-18 feet of water. I switched over, a little too late in the day, to a spider grub on a football head. The key to catching them seemed to be the ability to snap off the deep weeds and let the jig fall back to the bottom. They were hitting it on the fall and a strong, swift hook set was what it took to get them to the boat.

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At the end of the day, Rod Gaskill won the tournament with a 5-fish limit weighing in at over 10 pounds. Jim Kerchefski brought in three fish for just under 7 pounds. Zach Densow and I both managed to boat one fish each. In retospect, I believe I would have had more success with a stiffer rod and a higher speed reel. That would have done a great deal to help me hook fish and get them to the boat.

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