Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

First time fishing Mille Lacs, open water... help?

4 posts in this topic

We are headed up to Mille Lacs this thursday for 3 days of fishing out of Red Door Resort on the north central part of the lake. I have never fished Mille Lacs during the open water season, so I am not entirely sure what to expect, although I am not new to trolling. Just wondering if anyone can give me some quick pointers/tips/advice that might put the odds more in my favor. The plan is to night troll HJ's and rogues along weed breaks and see what happens. its the new moon this week.. any time of night that might be better than others? The weather looks like it will cool down today (monday) and stay cool through the weekend... Anyone care to guess if the lake will cool an appreciable amount in the next 4 days, and/or if it might trigger the bigger walleyes to move shallower? (i understand it is about 60-61 degrees right now, we were hoping for 50-55 degrees when we booked the trip, but this warm weather was somewhat unexpected.. hoping that even a degree or two decrease would help our cause) Any other help for fishing the north side would be appreciated. Any reports of walleyes and/or perch from the north end?



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like you are on your game! grin.gif

I'm not sure what else to say that wouldn't repeat what you've mentioned already.

Your location should be good. Weed line trolling should be good. I'm not going to guess if the water temp will come down, I had around 59 on Saturday. Eyes are biting all over the lake- rocks, weeds, etc. No moon, troll dark(er) color Raps and Rogues. Speed from 1.8 to 2.2 or so.

Good Luck!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you are right on. maybe try Lakeside, then move to Fischer's. There were quite a few posts last year around this time with early success from that area when the water temps started cooling off.

Another thing to try, don't be afraid to try a little deeper water maybe 8-12 ft. They shut off Sat eve. around 12:00 or so, we tried shallow with no results. It doesn't hurt to give this a try

PerchJerker did well around Red Door Sat eve. also.

Team Otter, If your'e around you could help with this!!!

As far as colors, Clown, Firetiger, Orange, Perch, silver/black would be good colors to try.

Good luck and post your results.

That's what this is all about, helping everyone becoming better at catching Eyes on "The Pond".

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you've got a good handle on a starting point. You can expect most of your fish to come out of 6 - 10' of water but don't be afraid to go on either side of that range a few feet. One option I would suggest having "in the bag" is being able to switch to smaller profile baits if the pattern is inconsistent with the larger profile baits. The time frame between 60 to 50 degree water seems to be more of an experiment than anything. Just when you think you shouldn't try it, you're probably an hour late.

Good luck.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Posts

    • monstermoose78
      Thanks for the advice Dave  I dont let Finn fetch on check cord any more. I only used it when he was a pup
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      There are public beaches at both Hoodoo Point in Tower and McKinley Park in Soudan. Cliff
    • leech~~
      In the summer they seem to be about 20' feet down over 50'-80' feet of water. We trolled small raps with what ever would get it down there. I also had down riggers to use.  You could try some deep hook and slip bobbers with a worm in some of the deeper bays to see if they will take it?  Good luck.
    • MinDak Hunter
      I have a bait/rigging question. The kids and I were out on Big Watab chasing a suntan and when I told them that the lake has trout they wanted to try for them but I mostly fish sunnies and crappies. What would I need to get to fish for trout out there? Looking back in the forums I see that some guys use leadcore (I'm not buying new rod/reels) and some use bobbers. Any advice on a common bobber set up? Also, I have an "active" 10 year old so it seems that jigging works best to keep him busy, any advice on jigging for trout?
    • fishingtime13
      Update! Water is way down! But I was able to get a smallmouth with a topwater plug.  And a catfish broke my leader off a  worm, was very confused. Going again tomorrow     
    • otterman91105
      Thanks for the tips guys i ended up buying 1/4. Rocks are tuff to fish. I always lose a few jigs
    • delcecchi
      Vermilion is less than 20 miles... Or eagle nest 3 (and 1 and 2) are right next door.   You might check them out.
    • rundrave
      Love seeing guys out training dogs but you can really do  some serious damage to your dogs neck if it runs hard for a long distance before being stopped suddenly when the check cord is attached to a collar. I would suggest a harness instead that has attachment at the back that you can clip your check cord to. It will also flow off the back and less likely to get tangled up in the legs and belly which can also be dangerous especially when in the water.   It doesnt look deep where you are but you never know whats under the water that could snag your check cord. Sorry dont mean to preach but I have seen it first hand where a dog has been seriously injured from this. I know the prey drive and hard charge these dogs have, but you got to keep them safe.   good luck
    • Chill62
      Can you keep smallies from the Ottertail?  Thought there was a restriction on them in there.
    • Chill62
      If I go on an infected water I get it cleaned regardless.  Granted 99% of the time I fish a non-infected lake but still get it cleaned just incase.