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Hope to make it up to Mille Lacs Wednesday for the first time. Am coming into Isle from the south. I have a 14' Deep V Alumacraft with a 20 hp Honda. If the wind's coming from the south, I plan on fishing the south side to be safe. If the wind is not a factor, sounds like a Garrison launch to the flats? Best access to use for these spots? What should I key in on, fishing wise? Thanks.

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Kyle Sandberg

The way the things are shaping up, it looks like 10-15 mph winds out of the south. If things do turn out and you get to the flats, work a long snelled spinner with a crawler. When the sun is out, work the edges of the flats and if you get some cloud cover work the tops. There have also been a fair share caught on leeches. On the south end, bottom bouncers with a leech or worm and key the 25-29' gravel/rock bottoms.

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love2fish4ever

Lake-Trout, my son's & I are coming up to the "big lake" too for the first time on Wed. Staying at Eddy's & doing a launch trip Thurs. a.m., but I'm bringing my boat (16' Smokercraft/40 h.p. & I'm pretty apprehensive to go out very far, couple miles at most maybe less. Hope there is some action. We'll be going out Wed. evening. I only used to lakes 1200 acres & less, so it will be an experience. Good Luck!! & Good fishing!!

L2f

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Seabass77

If the bugs are not bad, I will be fishing all day on Thursday. I am running a Lund SSV 16 with a 25 yammie. This will be the first time this boat has seen ML and only my third time out there. I am just going to stay on the south side as much as I can, which should be the lee side.

When I see alot of older lunds that used to be "the" ML rigs, all of our smaller rigs should be fine if we use common sense.

I just hope the flies aren't bad because I can't stand em, even if the eyes are biting. Good luck to you all.

P.S. I am going to try rigging, drifting spinners, and possibly a slip rig @ dusk. I just hope the rigging bite is going still as I don't have the best trolling rig for this boat. cool.gif

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love2fish4ever

I think we're just going to stay close to structure somewhere on the south side & just look for action of any sort.

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Lake Trout

Went up Wednesday past Cove up to the casino area landing. Not sure if we were on the tail end of Sherman's Flat or on 7 mile, but we did pretty good! Ten Walleyes boated a few lost and three kept. Have never caught a group of fish so large. The released ones were all 23-26 inches long. Very hard, bulldog fighters. Leeches on a 7 foot snell tied to Fireline. Caught them in 24-28 feet. The wind was light and the cloud cover came and went to give us a very enjoyable day on the water. Thanks for all the tips on this forum. LT

P.S. I was wondering what you all were talking about when folks were saying the "flies" were out. Happens to be Caddisflies, an innocuous insect, but very plentiful. Plenty of crawling on your body, on your sunglasses, up your legs. No problem, though. That's the sign of a very clean lake...

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slabslayer28

love2fish maybe ill see you up there i will be at eddys monday thru wednesday i was up there for the first time last year i have 1650 lund and there had to be 3-4 foot waves i even had a few crash over the front of the boat kind of scary

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    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

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    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
    • anyfishwilldo
      they only ran for a couple days.  They have them on the canadian side but its illegal to transport live bait across the border
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