Beach residents: Yummy largemouth bass lurking under your boat hoist?

Looks like McClelland’s Beach fisherpersons are in for a good weekend based on the DNR’s report!

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.
— Fishing Report, July 30, Iowa DNR

Escape in 35 minutes, get new winery’s exciting gold-medal winner

This looks like a fun, quick trip from McClellands Beach.

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, which celebrated its grand opening just one month ago and has not completed its first full year of commercial wine production, took home a gold medal for its Frontenac Gris and won bronze medals for two other wines in a regional contest hosted by the Iowa Culinary Institute. Read the full story in the Jackson County Pilot.

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery is only about a 35-minute drive from McClelland’s Beach. The winery features live music by Fishin’ for Olives, Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.