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Lip'em

Mud Slow on Thursday

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Lip'em

Hit the pond yesterday and headed out to the mud. Caught a walleye on the first drift had a bite on the second and then the action got slow. Fished from 7 mile to Myr Mar and caught 3 walleyes and lost 4. Marked lots of fish around the edges on sonar but just could not get them to bite. Tried everything but slip bobbers: super snells, spinners, leeches, crawlers, backtrolling, drifting. I'm sure that it didn't help that it got hot with very little wind shortly after 11am. Another thing that was very frustrating was that an older gentlemen and his wife were fishing next to us on 7 mile and caught 10 fish in an hour. Everyone around was just watching in disbelief as they hauled in walleye after walleye. I guess when you have the touch you have the touch.

So anyway, not to discourage anyone who is coming up this weekend there are lots of fish to be caught if you can figure them out. They are down there. Maybe we just needed some cloud cover and some wind. Oh well, been home for a half of a day and I am already looking at the calendar to see when I can get up there next. Good luck to everybody!

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Mille Lacs Guy

Good report. How were the bugs? I was up last Saturday and the bugs were terrible. I want to go again this weekend and the wind is predicted to be calm this weekend which means the bugs could be bad.

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TrophyEyes

I also heard there was a huge bug hatch, which may not have helped. I still think it is the best place to fish in MN right now. I am still trying to make it up tomorrow despite the slowing report.

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Schnauzer

I got a similar report from a friend... a slower bite yesterday. They still were catching the occasional fish in the mid 20's but the keeper-slot fish were suddently hard to come by.

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rodmaker

Good luck this weekend!!!

Post your results, or send me an e-mail. Heading up next Fri.

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Daze Off

I was also up there Thursday and we fished the west side from Sherman Flat to Indian Point using many of the same techniques described above with similar results. We ended up with 2 keepers, 3 in the 25-26" range and a midget. All but one came on crawlers. Probably lost/missed a half dozen more. We were on the water for nearly 12 hours.

Bugs got pretty bad in the afternoon - mayflies everywhere, black flies and lots of nats.

Took a break from walleyes and caught a number of smallies on tubes in an hour or so in the afternoon.

Daze Off

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computerboy

Similar results here. Worked the mud really hard and didn't do nearly as well as I had in the past few weeks. Graphed a lot of fish, but had to work much harder to get em. As others have reported, bugs at times were on the order of "biblical plague". I actually did better corkin on gravel than anything else the past few days. There’s still fish to be had boys, but you might actually have to work to catch them now. smile.gif

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BoxMN

Just got back from fishing the west side from 7 till 1 pm today. Was on Sherman flat, south end, and we got about 12 or 13, mostly on crawlers and spinner, but a few on leech and plain hook. Only one 11 incher, most were 22-24", and the two biggest were 26" and 27". Got one 23 that was the skinniest walleye I have ever seen - it had a bad eye, so figure that is why it was skinny. Got some on top in 25', and some on the bottom in 32. Was good and windy out there, and we caught most when the wind was heaviest. We saw some other boats getting some nice fish, but nobody was nailing them, but we were not in a crowd either.

BTW - the launch by the casino is really shallow on the north side, so stay to south of the marker over by the grass if you go there.

We had a good time, this was my first time up there in a few years.

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vaneeck

I agree, I had 4 in my boat and things were slower. We only fished from 6-9 pm and got 2 slot fish and6-7 (22-26") off the mid-north flats.

Then went back yesterday afternoon 1-8:30pm with 3 of us and eventhough windy fished far north flats and got about 12-13 fish with 9 being slots, lost several other "non-slot" fish half way up. smile.gif

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