Temperatures were climbing like a homesick
angel, and the largemouth bass of Washburn
County’s Minong Flowage were moving for cooling cover. Th e
migration of bass with the rising mercury had already taken
us from deeper, open water to the edge of the lily pads as
the August morning crawled toward noon. Now with the
continued movement of feeding fish evident from the swirling
surface water, we followed again into even shallower water,
and an unbroken carpet of timber and vegetation. We had
transitioned to classic “slop” bass fi shing, and a green slice of
largemouth heaven.