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    Caught a couple on bobbers this morning. Still pretty slow. My daughter caught a dandy though.
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    Anyfish2, The fish we have been catching so far this year do not look thin at all. They are of average weight for their length--nothing like great lakes walleyes feeding on open-water forage, but healthy. Maxpower117, Not even going to try to predict the future, just reporting on the good fishing now and the techniques to use. With the interesting management factors involving Mille Lacs, the future of walleye fishing could be bright, or dark. Things are good right now and sport-fishermen certainly are doing what they can with catch-and-release fishing, no walleye fishing during the hottest part of the summer, and then no walleye fishing in the fall. Thanks for correcting the misinformation added into this thread by Nhamm. Nhamm, My intent with this thread is to give current, accurate fishing reports that hopefully help people enjoy Mille Lacs and catch more walleyes. I do not intend for people to use this to attack others, including me, with inaccurate assumptions and misinformation. The walleyes we have been catching from eight to thirty-four feet of water on live bait rigs, slip-bobbers, and crankbaits have all been hooked in the outer part of the mouth, not any deeper, and their swim bladders have not shown. They have been handled as little as possible, carefully, and have been gently returned to the water very quickly. I was there--you weren't--so I know the condition of the fish and you don't. I can't guarantee that they all survived anymore than you can guarantee that they all died. I can, however, guarantee that your assessment of how the fish were hooked and what condition their swim bladder was in is completely inaccurate. How fish are fought, the time of year and water temperature, how fish are handled, and how long they are kept out of the water determine a fish's chance of survival after release far more than the fishing technique used to catch them.
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    Personal best today at 29". Half crawler, 26'. My wife also caught a 34" northern near the same spot. Weather was crappy but overall a good day on the lake.
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    For all you pan fish lovers, check out this beautiful pumpkin seed I found guarding the bed while I was out bass fishing. Couldn't help but get some video of this beaut! Enjoy!
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    I always use only 1/2 crawler mainly because it is all that is needed to get walleyes to bite. It also more closely resembles the molting rusty crayfish and Mayfly nymphs that the walleyes are eating. The 1/2 crawler also works well when the walleyes are feeding on young-of-the-year perch. It works much better then using a crappie minnow on my rigs for some reason. I have tried both on different lines at the same time and the crawler will out fish the crappie minnow every time! Does not make sense when they are eating minnows, but that is the way it is. I always had problems with the walleyes stealing my bait when I used a whole crawler too. If I fed a whole crawler to the fish long enough for them to eat it, I almost always gut hooked the fish. One of my clients boated a 27-1/2 inch walleye today using 1/2 crawler, a red hook, and a green glow bead. Cliff
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    yer not fat... yer big!
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    I've been working hard toward this goal for a few weeks now and 15 minutes into Saturday morning it happened. A nice Pike choked down my popper and the battle was on. I think I'm fully addicted to flyfishing now. Friday I had a Pike leap completely vertical out of the water and missed the fly. It was awesome to watch. It was a healthy looking 26 incher. Certainly not my biggest but a solid fish for my first flyrod Pike and it was a satisfying dinner.
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    Hey everybody, We are now entering the summer peak, water temps are in the 70's and the weed growth has reached full bloom and the Muskie fishing is at it's best for the next several weeks. If you are interested in numbers this is the time to be chasing the big green girls. Not that a big fish can't be caught, that can happen any day of the season. With the warm water temps Muskies will be eating more often and therefore they will be more active at all times of the day. II's a great time to have a multiple fish day and it's might be easier than you think. I like to toss larger bucktails, glittertails, cowgirls and spinnerbaits much of the time with a good measure of topwaters thrown in. Nothing more exciting than tossing a topwater on a warm summer evening just waiting for that big blow-up to come and watching a 4 footer flying in the air with your bait in it's mouth. So if you are waiting for a shot at your first Muskie or if you are an experienced Muskie angler, this is the time to be on the water, go get em boys.
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    The walleye bite the past couple days has gone from Boom to almost Bust! There have been a couple of huge May fly hatches the last couple of nights along with a large Rusty Crayfish molt that have been making catching walleyes a real challenge! We are still getting some fish but now have to earn every fish! Lindys with 1/2 crawler fished VERY slow in 18" to 30" depths has been my best presentation. Cliff
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    fun time today 2 beasts still swimmin to get bigger
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    We had a good bite on 1/2 crawlers today! Boated 45 walleyes and kept our limits of fish that were all between 15-1/2" and 19-3/4 "! Released at least 6 slot fish. Largest was a fat 25-1/2 inch fish. Best over all sized fish limit all summer! The walleyes were stuffed with either May fly nymphs or molted crayfish.
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    I read all this stuff about having to fish the edge of weedlines and I'm sure it works but I'll tell you what I've found the past few weekends, the 4-6 foot flats with a lot of weed growth are just full of quality sized bass and pike. This pattern may die off soon, I don't know. Remember, weedlines are a new concept to me being from the South, but man did I hammer them on Saturday morning. You could see schools of sunnies getting busted on the surface. A spinnerbait with a Sumkina swimbait trailer was the ticket again. I landed 10 bass, lost probably 5 or 6 more. All in the 2 to 3.5 lb class but one. Also a handful of pike, one real nice eater, others were small. I lost 2 nice pike too. One got into the weeds and came off (hard to stop them in a kayak), one jumped right over my net and spit the lure. That happened to me a few weeks ago too. It was a great morning. Some guys were fussing at me saying I shouldn't be using the boat ramp with a kayak. Sorry to tell ya but I have every right to load and unload there just like you. Sorry a plastic boat out fished you
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    Went after eyes yesturday and we stumbled across some nice gills and crappies out in 15 feet. Kept a couple that are going into the smoker. Got 4 eyes and some bass also. Draggin crawlers for the eyes and the panfish loved them.
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    I have had very good success the past few days using my standard lindy/1/2 crawler rigs. All fish were caught in sand/rock transition areas in 16' to 24' depths. Mornings were best from 8:00am to noon. Key factors were to look for pods of fish before even dropping a line! Some fish would bite and some would not. I did not spend much time on pods that would not bite! 2 passes and I was gone if we did not get a fish! Found many fish in spots that I have not fished all summer! Dumb ones I guess! Still tasted the same though! Cliff
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    joined the girls yesterday. went from clearwater to snufies. I fished a little.
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    So I finished a project recently. A while back a few buddies and I went to Lake of the Ozarks for paddle fish. It was an awesome trip. I kept 2 skulls and here is what I did with them. Attached is a photo with one of the fish as well. I can't tell which I like better. The natural with light wood, or dark with white.
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    Spent the day on the lake. Caught 20 something walleyes. Most on half a crawler lindy with glow bead, others on a jigging rap. Im new to the jigging rap but my confidence has gone through the roof after only using it a few times. 16-30fow. Had to really work for the fish. Lots and lots of mayfly slicks out there. Scrapped together our 8 fish limit, biggest only being 17", no slot fish.
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    Nice area to get the yak out in. One of the smallies wanted to share lunch with me.
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    Well it end up being 2 broken live well pumps being broken. The pumps would pump water into the live wells but also be spraying water into the back compartment of the boat. That's where my water was coming from. I would like to thank those that replied suggestions back.
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    Small shallow lake, central Mn. Saw very few fish around bedding areas today. Most of the bigger gills were found around the deep weed edge or under docks 6-12 ft.
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    I got a DL Smithing spear this weekend.
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    MNfan, I think it's been pretty well documented the 10 inch is great for a few house holes but more than about 20 and the battery gets tired. I'm not sure why anyone wants more than 20 or so 10 in holes though. I'm sure the new X battery gets a few more but there have been more negative than positive posts on the 10. I wouldn't mind having one but I've become used to the 8 now, it bugged me at first always being a 9 inch guy at first. If it's only a few holes you need a 10 is fine. BUT, for all the negative posts I still never see one on E --- cheap.
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    Thought I would give a short report on the Streiffs from last Saturday.....big wind, big waves. We beat our way about 12 miles NE to start. . Mid-day with the north wind gusting to the upper twenties, maybe higher, most guys were talking 6 foot or bigger waves. Big foamers. Some boats were bait fishing, some trolling in the mud. There were 6 overs caught including a 31 1/2. A local guide, Sean Westman and his partner, won with 15+ pounds. Sure a lot of nice boats these days. A very well run tournament.
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    Expecting a light NW breeze yesterday, I was quite surprised to see the rollers as I headed out thru the Morris Gap. It did lighten up in the afternoon. The good thing was the large bunch of fish off the south shore starting around 29 feet and out. There were a couple boats shallower too. The fish ignored my live bait but bit fairly well on cranks using leadcore. A few charters were running downriggers here and there also. The water was quite clear and 69 degrees. I hope a good number of fish stay south this summer. Good luck.........and where are all the old posters?
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    I stayed in Big Bay today but managed to find a sheltered spot with fish. We boated 19 and kept 12 nice ones. No slot fish again today though. Took the North route home behind Pine Is. Big Bay was just to rough to run full length for us! Cliff
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    Cliff the wife took a good pic. It was a bit over 25".
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    I am going through my ice gear today and my wife thinks I am nuts
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    Fished for a few hours July 2-3 (family was with and they aren't big on fishing) and managed to scrape up 7 walleyes and 3 perch. Caught one 22" slot eye, and was able to keep one meal of 14-16" eyes. I would pick up one fish in one spot then no more. I saw other boats doing the same. Fishing should pick up this weekend as the mayfly affect runs out. Water temps were 67-69°F.
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    Part of the enjoyment I get out of fishing vermilion is the ability to be away from everything while on the water. But I am guilty of running up on other people too, sorry Cliff. Sometimes you just need to be creative to free yourself from the crowd. Like a marker you can drop in the middle of nowhere to lure the boats off your spot, ignore the work "SUCKER" written in sharpy on it. But the best deterrent are those boats running around with the big white whip antennas, thanks Cliff. But, like Cliff said, the majority of the guys that run up on you can't catch fish anyway. I like to try and have a good conversation with the boats that get real close, but for some reason most of them don't like to talk.
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    How did you end up today Cliff? I saw you buzzing around a couple times. Today was a bit different....i didnt find those big pods of fish i had been on..... until i stopped on a spot i had never fished. My god were they stacked. We caught 5 beauties and 2 jumbo perch in about 15 minutes and then in vintage vermilion fashion..... they just disappeared.
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    We had good fishing this holiday weekend, Saturday went out of Morris pt. about 5 ml. in 32 ft. Rained off and on had a good run from 9 am till 10:30 then slow till about 2 pm when it went wild as fast as I could pull them in. Sunday went back to same spot overcast and windy fishing started out slow. Around 11:30 wind calmed down sun came out Surprisingly fishing picked up with fast times between 1pm and 2 pm. then again at around 3:30 to 4:30. Nice fish the walleyes we kept were between 18 and 19 in This morning went out of Long pt. with friend as a guest in his boat, went out by Garden is. where he proceeded to school me in the art of walleye fishing. He was on fire with 2 slot fish in the upper 20's and plenty of nice keepers. ( I managed 1 keeper). What a day!
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    I run a 4' to 6' leader most of the time. Hook color can make a huge difference at times! On some days hook color does not matter at all! Yesterday hook color mattered! Pink hook, green glow bead, 1/2 crawler caught all of our fish! Bite started at 9:30am and ended at 11:00am! Boated 23 walleyes in that time period. Cliff
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    Good reports guys. We were up Wednesday to Sunday. I second you on the weather, rain and wind got old. Not to mention bugs were terrible. No see ums bothered us the most. For us luckily the fishing was great. Limited on bows and Lakers. Had several stellar meals too.
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    I was up over the weekend to do cabin duties. I did get laker trout at cascade river Friday mornings it was 17 inches but made for great trout and eggs breakfast. Agree with maple bacon longjohn and Chet's doughnut. Also a must stop for me is trail center for lunch the 3 Cheese grilled cheese is amazing with a chocolate and peanut butter milkshake. Just look at this lunch
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    The drift sock is a must if you ever have motor issues. It will keep your bow pointed into the wind and prevent your boat from getting swamped in big waves. Simply hook your sock to the front tow eye in case of an emergency. I agree with with what others have said. You'll know when it's too rough. Just don't be a tough guy.
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    This is a first for me. Got off the lake and this was parked in the lot.....the horse was tied to a tree a ways back in the woods. The boat trailer tires were wooden spokes with metal sheeting. Did not see any boat out there rowing around...do you suppose they use "motorized" boats? Maybe they were tucked way back in the reeds with a row boat and we just did not see them. The pic below is a couple of the many crappies we caught...13ft...outside edge of the cabbage.
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    Agree with redlabguy, first time on the lake just be careful coming into, shore. Enjoy this lake not sure if you have young people coming with you, but I have been going to Trout since I was a little little fellow (How awesome was the old truck that use to haul the boats) and the bass fishing is the best I have ever experienced anywhere in the country. Not just the numbers but the size as well. An added bonus that I have begun to target the last few years is the great bluegill fishing, my trick is if you spot them shallow, find a deep weed edge or break point adjacent to it and target that, that is where the nice big bluegillsa are. Last few years I have been lucky enough to find the lake trout (pure luck, was trolling in 15 feet) and 2 years in a row got lake trout over 30 inches there capped by a 37 incher last year, all returned to the lake. I will be on Trout Friday and i cannot wait.
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    Was finally able to get out on the west end over the fourth. Fished July 5-7 a few hours each evening along the regular spots for this time of year. Moved in to 9-13 feet pulling lindys with half a crawler adding a spinner blade and caught 8 keepers (16-17.5) and six slot fish biggest 27.5. Speed mattered as less than 1 mph was the ticket. Fish were out as the sun went down but once the sun was gone the fish were gone. Best fishing on the west end I have ever experienced. Can't wait to get back out there. Watch your speed and watch for the small perch. When we found them the walleyes were close.
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    sartell to rice bridge pretty easy with a prop. above blanchard dam you can go quite a ways. lotta good fishing.
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    LB i found a similar situation. Did pretty well this morning before the first rains came. Very nice eaters in that 15-18" range. Also put back 3 fish from 23-25". I was on top of a couple rock humps with slip bobbers and leeches/half a crawler. 18-22' depending on the hump. I went out after the last rain and they had all disappeared outside of 1 hump. I fished for an hour and caught a 16" and 18". All fish went back today. Considering how stacked the fish were on these humps the fishing wasn't very great. It's amazing how thick they would be at times. You would think the bobber would be going down immediately but not the case.
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    I finally got my dad and son into the same boat for some catfish. Ended up with 4. 2 eaters and 2 dandies.
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    After spending a few days taking the kids bass fishing and trying some musky trolling i got after the walleyes the past 2 mornings. Finding the pods of walleyes haven't been an issue. I've found plenty of fish off of mid lake structure in 25-30 feet. They are really touch and go though. I fished a pod for a couple hours yesterday. I had an hour where i caught 7 then the next hour i caught 1. This morning it was 4 hours of 1 here 1 there over thick pods of fish. We managed 7 nice keepers in that 14-16" range. I have not seen a preference in a color hook or bead. Everything seemed to get bit equal. Half a crawler was the bait. I'm up all week so I'm hoping the bite takes off as this fly hatch ends.
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    I can't speak for the Shieldsvillle area as I live and fish the Mankato area lakes, but around here I've been finding success on eyes' with a crawler harness/ bottom bounce presentation in 10-15 fow during low light periods. During the day the sheepies take over.
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    7/2/17 As far as the north end, all I have heard recently is lots of smallies of all sizes and a few small to mid-sized walleyes on Garrison Reef and Myr Mar Reef. We were on the mud the last two mornings. Caught 93 walleyes from 14 to 27.5 inches. Caught them all on top in 22-25 feet of water, near the top of the break. Live bait rigs with a red hook, white rattle bead, and a jumbo leech were our best combination. Also caught a few fish on nightcrawlers and jigging raps, as well as leeches under a slip float. Sixty-five degree surface water temp. is cold for early July, but helps when bringing fish up from deeper water that is not much colder. No need to feed line, just give the fish the rod tip when you feel them hit, and sweep back at them. Take your time getting them up, and you will have a fish hooked in the outer part of the mouth with no damage to the swim bladder ready to release quickly. Our fish were all barely hooked on the outside of the mouth, we had several come unbuttoned but that is better than feeding line and hooking them deep. The fish, big and small, were trying to jump out of our hands as we were setting them back in the water. Only a few more days to enjoy the fantastic fishing for the lake's spectacular walleye population. Once the closure comes on Friday, don't quit Mille Lacs. Now that more of the walleyes have moved deep, you can actually keep them off baits over the shallow and mid-depth rocks to catch the lake's phenomenal smallmouth bass. The muskies are starting to get active as well. Let's do our part for the area businesses and continue staying at the resorts this month, buying gas, snacks, and tackle at the stores, and enjoy the lake recentlyu named the best smallmouth bass lake in the country. If walleyes are your game, buy your live bait at the area stores and try Knife Lake to the SE a short distance, or Borden Lake just to the NW, or any of the other great walleye lakes in the area. Let's help keep the MIlle Lacs area businesses open. Thanks! Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
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    My family stayed at North Star Lake Resort for 6 years in the late 90s to early 2000s. Here is info I collected from others and some from my own experiences. North Star Lake Panfish Potato creek-north end of the lake Small sunfish, bass and northern in the creek from the lake to the first corner that has an old beaver lodge so the corner has some deeper water; it’s a fun area for the kids to get action and see fish with polarized glasses Go through the channel. In the southwest corner of the bay (behind the big island), there is an old beaver lodge up by shore (to the left of the cabins). The water is deeper there and sometimes sunfish, bass, rock bass are there. Fish with bobber and worm. It’s really weedy getting back there. Crappies will move into the weedlines in the evening. Try the bay to the north, maybe around the channel to Little North Star. Walleyes Hopefully they are more prevalent since they started stocking it again. Lindy-rig the deep weedline (cabbage) at low light with leech or nightcrawler; sometimes a jig and minnow will turn a few. The following areas have produced, Sunken islands just south of North Star Point with bar that sticks way out before you get to the channel; fish from the tip of the bar up to the resort on the east side Point across from the North Star Resort point; fish the east and south side The corner to the left of the beach. Off of the end dock it drops quickly. Bar on east side of the big island in southwest part of the lake. North Star Resort point; fish the flat at dark with bobber and leech I never tried it but you might want to try pitching some of these weedlines with a plastic worm or pig and jig during the day. Might get bass, walleye or northern. Muskie In the southeast bay of the west arm, troll around the sunken islands for muskie. Troll with medium to large baits that dive to 10-12 feet, max 15. A dad, son and grandson did this and landed a couple of nice ones. You can use this method around any of the sunken islands. There are a lot of nice cabbage beds to cast. I only tried it a few times since I’m not the biggest muskie fisherman. I just needed some exercise on my vacation. General Info You can troll the weedlines for northerns if you have any kids that want to enter the kid’s fishing tourney. Many times a kid fishing from a dock with worms win’s it. Nice smallmouth have been caught this way on the south side of the point on the docks closer to the tip of the point. I’ve marked big hooks relating to the drop to the north of North Star Resort’s beach. I fished them but never caught anything. Didn’t have my Aqua Vu then so they could be suckers too. Northernmost bay 2 humps on either side of point on west side; never fished them but look fishy. If you go to the south past the public access, go between the two pipes/poles sticking out of the water. They are stuck in old pilings for the railroad track that used to cut across the lake. I never fished much in the southernmost bays but it’s nice for an evening boat ride. There’s usually a small northern or muskie hanging around the boat landing. My son caught and landed it by himself when he was 7. Black and silver floating Rapala. It’s one of my favorite pictures.
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    Mr. Pike, Have been caught on Washington by storms a couple times years ago--rode one out in the culvert between Washington and Stella. Civil defense siren at the landing now if there would be any warnings. Not sure where you hit rocks too far from shore? Shoreline flats are all shallow and many of them do have rocks--some big boulders at the west end out a ways from the pencil reeds. Shallow and rocky in the SW corner as well. The sand/gravel bar NE of Ellsworth can get shallow in low water years--saw it claim a lower unit once in the 80's but I don't think it is that shallow now. The rock pile towards the NW part of the lake shouldn't be a navigation hazard right now either. There are scattered rocks outside the reeds by Ellsworth--just get out a ways and watch your sonar before putting the boat up on plain. Walleye fishing has been a little slow so far--best the last two hours of the evening. Bass fishing has been great--largemouth and smallies are dispersing from the beds and are hungry. Good luck.