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Just got back from fishing Miltona all week. The walleye fishing was good, with the best bite from 8 PM on. Caught a few walleyes on crankbait, lindy rig, and jigging with leeches. The bite was tough during midday when the sun shines.
The pike were on a absolute terror. They bit on almost everthing, cranks, spinners, even panfish jigs! Just find the deep cabbage weeds, down to 15' on Miltona, and you are in good shape. I released a small muskie, about a 2 pounder.
LM Bass were very shallow,3-6' in the pencil reeds. A small floating rapala tossed in the slop and retreved slowly worked well to land some nice bass.
Took the kids out after some bluegill, they were also mixed in the lilly pads with the bass.
There was a major mayfly hatch on Thursday night (June 13). This will affect the walleye fishing into next week. frown.gif
Miltona is one awesome lake. If you have the chance, get out there and fish it.
You will be glad you did. smile.gif

Good Fishin'

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MetroJoe, you should be hitting Miltona at a good time. I was also up over the weekend (my Rents live on the lake) taking my son fishing for the weekend and as Skeets said the walleye bite was quite good, despite the mayfly hatch. Also, talking to others who had done well there seemed to be good action out on the breaks early and late in the day down to about 25 ft. and leeches seemed to be the preferred bait. In addition, don't give up on the shallows after dark quite yet. While most boats were out in deeper water we still found the eye's venturing into 5 ft. around dusk. Don't know how much it mattered, but a red hook seemed to be preferred in our boat. I was disappointed I didn't get break out the artillery and chase some muskies, but maybe next weekend!!! Have a great time next week on the water and good luck.

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Thanks for the info. We rent a cabin every year in the Alexandria area. We stayed at a resort on Miltona last year for the first time and I was very impressed.
In fact, a week from today I should be sitting in a boat on Miltona. I can hardly wait.


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Miltona is an awesome fishery. One of my favorites. Should be an interesting week, with the longest days of the year approaching this weekend, ample time to chase whatever bites!

good luck everyone!

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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  
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      Hello from the NW Angle!

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      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.
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      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.
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