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Mille Lacs Report 7-15,7-16

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The walleye bite is still going but not on fire as in the previous couple of months. Our launch went out on friday from 6-10 p.m. and got 14 walleyes. kept 12 eyes' and 2 big perch. we fished just north/east of hennipen island in 28 fow. we did end up moving out of there and heasing out to hawkbill reef and getting the rest. the best rig was accually a crawler under a bobber with a 1/16 ounce yellow jig with a green eye. other launches around the lake did about the same. it was a pretty slow bite on friday. On saturday i had another launch go out from 6-10 p.m. we boated 13 walleyes and kept nine. biggest was a 21.75" walleye. we also got a 21.5 incher too. otherwise all the eyes' that we kept were inbetween 13"-14.5". we also kept 4 perch inbetween 12"-14". this time most the eyes' came on leeches under a bobber. we fished on popes,graveyard,2 mile,and some humps on the north west side of hennipen island. it was a slow bite for ud but another launch that went out from our place landed 39 walleyes.

Muskie- the muskie bite is still to get going. lots of people going out and not even seeing a fish. Steve Sapinaiak with Preditor guide service had a client land a 53" ski' on wednesday morning. that is the last fish that his outfit has landed. in two days they have only raised 2 fish. very slow. we need the water temp is cool down just a little. with the temp. being so high these big fish are very delicate in the water and are more prone to not making it after a long hard fight. i reccommend that if you do catch one of these fish take the hooks out in the water and dont take the fish out of the water. if you must take a picture please leave the fish in the net and take a couple like that. we dont want these big girls floating.

Pike- the pike bite is picking up. not many huge ones being caught. deeper water is proving itself to be the best right now with such a high surface temp. spoons and small bucktails are working as of late.

Smallmouth- Bite is going pretty strong. good places to start are off of hawkbill point. the bass are moving deeper into 8-10 fow. on the rock reefs. put on a tube or shad rap. and expect to catch a few of them.

tight lines everyone and i will post another update next weekend

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    • Knowknot
      Great video Curt, for as much of it that I could see. Keep up the good work, and one question, Are there any live emerald shiners around the Baudette area to be had, or just frozen ones?
    • eyeguy 54
      Its a little stiffer than my titanium spring boober and much more sensitive.  I like it  better than the 27 inch ul ticklestick. Only used 3 and 4 mm jigs so far. Thumbs up from me. 
    • Troy Smutka
      2/18/18     Got out on an area lake an hour before sunrise Saturday. Got a bunch of crappies until they slowed about 9 am. Most between 9.5 and 11 inches. Sunfish started biting about sunrise and bit all morning. Half of them were 8 to 8.5 inches. Most of the rest were 7 to 7.5 inches. Kept two meals of fish--released the rest. 1/32 ounce VMC Tungsten Tubbies tipped with a single wax worm or two red Eurolarvae fished just above some weeds in thirteen feet of water caught fish after fish. Lots of good ice on area lakes. Even though walleyes and pike close in just over a week and wheel houses can't stay out unattended soon, still a lot of good ice fishing for panfish to come. Will have plenty of ice for a while, so get out and enjoy the peace and quiet and fast crappie and sunfish action that March will bring. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • IceHawk
      Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots. The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Royce, how’s the sensitivity Is the tip soft like a tickle stick and how’s quality seem? About same price as a tickle stick I see may have to try one for next season. If It passes with flying colors do you it must be good! Tough day for me not much happening went from about 8-29 FOW and just nothing. Found perch in about 19 but even they seemed finicky and would only hit the dead stick. A bit windy on the lake today to!
    • The Chemist
      Yes that would be the one. A friend of mine sent it to me. The guy who got it is a friend of his nephew. 
    • The Chemist
      So that explains the traffic and also the one where they were shooting video of what appeared to be about a drill type auger. Did drive by an ice team truck on the way out also.
    • The Chemist
      The warmer weather has brought alot of people out to the area. We are waiting for the later bite. Most are setup in shallowet water. Haven't marked fish yet but tendto see them at sunset.    Be careful with all the holes being drilled! I found one that was covered back in, got my shin, luckily not my ankle.
    • eyeguy 54
      Started out in 26 feet this morning and had 5 dandy crappies in 15 minutes then it was over. moved a mile and found a few dandy gills in 16 feet. And a couple bass.  Day 2 with the new rods and liking them more. 
    • monstermoose78
      I would fish them trees
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