Regional Reports-Midwest

Nelson Lake

As summer begins, look for bass near shoreline reeds and other aquatic vegetation. Traditional offerings such as plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits will work fine. Young bluegills, fathead minnows and crayfish are the primary forage species for Nelson largemouths. Warm-water discharges from nearby Minnkota power plants keep 660-acre Nelson Lake open for much of the winter, meaning its growing season is 25 percent longer than that of most of the state's waters. Four- and five-pound bucketmouths are common on Nelson, with the potential for larger fish very real. There is a three-fish limit, though the catch-and-release ethic is strong on Nelson, with 92 percent of bass returned to the water.Contact: North Dakota Game & Fish Department (701-328-6300).