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It's been at least a few years since I last fished Mille Lacs, but I'm thinking about hitting it this upcoming weekend if things work out. What's the best bet for hitting the walleye bite lately?

HC

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bigeyes

Finally made it out last night for the first time in a few weeks. Just a short trip but we did get some fish on bobber/leeches over rocks in the evening. On a side note, boy this summer is going by fast and I am not getting out half as much as I would like. Anybody else have the same problem?

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Borch

Yeah I know what you mean. We hit shallow rock on the west side last night pulling cranks. We caught lots of smallies(biggest was 20") and a bunch of walleyes. However the walleyes were small, 12-14.5". We hit 3 different spots and didn't find any bigger fish.

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wildeyesguy

first time post new member. lots of good info on this forum.

fished last friday and sat. 2 guys caught or limit of fish easily. fish a small mud flat in the middle of the lake,used over 1/2 pound of leechs, lots of throw backs some under 14 most over 20, biggest fish 4 at 24. did hear a big yah-hoo someone must of caught a big one!! still looking for an over 30 for the wall maybe next time. If your looking for big fish go to the mud flats if its not to windy. Lighted bobbers with 1/16 oz jigs and leeches 4pm to midnight. good luck cool.gif

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esoxfisher

From what the Walleye fishermen at the landing said, it seems the Walleyes are biting pretty good. Northern Pike are starting to hit. I caught and released a 41 inch Pike up there yesterday. Unfortunately, the Muskies still haven't gotten very active and they are mostly just looking these days. Maybe in a week or two...

Good luck.

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LovenLifeGuy

I was out yesterday from 1pm-7pm and did well out on the boot. I got a lot of fish! one 26 incher and the rest were all eater size. I took home 4 from 16-19 inches and two jumbo perch. All the eyes were caught on crawlers at or around 1.2 mph.

What a nice day to be on that lake! Good luck!

LovenLifeGuy.

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whip2

LovenLifeGuy

Were you using a spinner / harness and if so what size & color ??

Thanks

whip2

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TundraKing

So how did everybody do yesterday? I fished boot and a few small flats north of there from 6pm-12am. Just couldn't find them feeding. I'm thinking the weather was the big factor, but I'm wondering if anyone else found the eyes?

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Fish_Off

Got out friday and saturday night. We drifted with lindy rigs for a while and didn't catch anything. So we tried bobbers and still couldn't catch anything. The winds were a big factor. We couldn't hardly fish it was so bad. When it was all said and done 4 guys 9 hours 1 walleye

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LovenLifeGuy

I had on a silver pounded blade with silver beads and red hooks... I also used an all orange set up for a bit with little luck.. Hope that helps!

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montanagriz

Fished Mille Lacs on Saturday from 8:30am to around 4 pm, with a 2 hour break from 11am - 1pm for the storm that passed through and a quick stop at the Grand Casino buffet (perfect timing by the storm). My buddy and I fished the SW corner of the lake and found a rock pile that topped off at 8 ft and quickly sloped down to 25 ft at the basin. We marked several nice fish on the graph and caught a couple on Lindy Rigs w/bleeding red hooks. After the storm hit we worked the same sunken island again, this time using a slip bobber rig. Saw lots of nice walleyes on the Aqua View, but only managed 1 20" walleye, a nice fish lost close to the boat (never did see it), and dozen jumbo perch. For the entire day we ended up with a 13", 16", and 20" walleye and a bunch of decent perch. All the fish were released. Considering I haven't fished Mille Lacs in a long time, and the storm blowing through, it was a pretty decent outing.

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Jeff S

Fished a couples tournament out of Macs Twin Bay on saturday. Made a 12 mile run to the flats and caught one 15 inch and several 22"-24" fish before the storm hit. Had to make a run to the closest shore (just south of Terry's) and wait out the storm. When we felt comfortable the lightning was over we headed back out only to round the point and find 4-6 footers waiting for us. Took us a half hour to get back to the spot. Fished for another hour with only a couple bites then we made the hour+ run back to Mac's.

I guess I'm pretty lucky because the fiance' still wants to marry me smile.gif The best part is she told me I better get a bigger boat! smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif Anybody want to buy a 1800 Pro-V/90hp tiller! LOL!!! laugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif

I didn't win the tournament but I have got a great catch! smile.gif

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Nova

Jeff, I fished the same tourney and in the same boat. Mine is now for sale also. I waited to long to head for shore so we put down deep cranks and toughed it out. You didn't miss anything while you were on shore except some huge waves. How did you end up? we managed 3 fish for 15th place.

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Jeff S

Nova,

One fish for 1.8 lbs. Not sure where that put us but it was way back. I stayed too long on my first spot with no luck. Fished my second spot for a half hour before the storm hit and caught a 15", 22 1/2" and a 24". I knew I should have went there first frown.gif The fish were stacked on that spot.

I wished we could have stayed for the fish fry. We'll be back next year!

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picksbigwagon

My brother and I were fishing the south east side this weekend and we did pretty well on Saturday. Started off in the morning on spider reef. I caught two 15"ers there friday afternoon in 8 feet of water. the storm picked up and we went to lunch. in the afternoon, we went back to the reef but had a hardtime not flying past the reef so we headed to the eastern shore and were drifting in front of Mac's Twin Bay. of course we were wondering what was going on at 2:45 when all these boats started flying towards us at full throttle.

I hate to make you guys who were fishing the flats feel bad, but we hammered the walleye drifting in front of mac's in 8-10 feet of water. We limited out from 2:00 until 4:30 on leeches and pink jigs until the boats started coming and then we went to a floating snell and red hook with a leech. the largest fish was 20", smallest on the stringer was 15". We had a few break off as well. Nova, you had to seen us in the white with dark gray older fish hawk... You guys all drive some really nice boats, really nice....and for those of you who slowed down to not go past a drifting boat at full throttle thanks. There were only a couple that were flying past us, full throttle, in their approach to Mac's, close enough for a muskie lure over the bow,.....but that is the same on any lake I guess.

I was really pleased with my fishing this weekend, since we usually don't catch many walleyes, it's amazing what a little common sense does when it comes to fishing in the wind.....

Good luck everyone, my advice is go to where the wind is and has been blowing, find a rock reef that comes up to less than 10 feet and start drifting jigs or long lindy rigs with red hooks and leeches. Don't be afraid to be the only one there too.....

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Nova

Picks, I did see you. not on the way in because my wife was chewing my backside cause we were going to be late to weigh in. I saw you on the way out and there were some big wakes rolling around you. I have a nice boat, but nothing compared to 90% of the tournament. Mine is for sale if you are looking to upgrade....not that there is anything wrong with yours, it seemed to work on Saturday. Glad you had a good time and did well on fish. grin.gif

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Jeff S

Picks,

If my fiance' reads your post she'll kill me.:( I swung wide and slowed down while going around you guys. Sorry for the few who didn't. Glad you got some fish.

I'll be turning my focus to muskies for the next couple of months. smile.gif

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picksbigwagon

No, my boat is absolutely fine with me........when i retire, those rangers sure looks nice, but it won't be a tiller that is for sure............I thought you traded your wife laugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif........

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Glassguy

Picks - The tiller is the way to go. I bought a 620vs Ranger (wheel) last year used it in 2 tournaments sold it and got a 620 Ranger tiller. Boat control is too important and I was terrible in the wheel boat. You are fishing 95% of the time and running 5%. I'd rather suffer a little on the 5% of the time and have a boat I can control and hold a spot 95%.

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picksbigwagon

Two things scare me about buying a new boat, right now my wife will kill me since I just got the fishhawk, and I would hate to think what a 115 or a 150 tiller would do if you took a wave wrong or had someone wakeout in front of you, my 40hp pulls pretty good, my god at 45 mph, a 130 would jerk me out of the water, and I not a small kid....

I bought a tiller, because I hate steering wheels, but I do am leary about 100+ hp and a tiller, maybe there is nothing to be worried about, but I agree on the tiller, I love the extra floor space, and yes those rangers are down right sexy, I was drooling evertime one went flying past us by Mac's last saturday.......

Jeff S.: you weren't the only one who swung wide,(I appreciate that you did) but there were a couple that I wished I would have had the 1 1/2 ounce rattle trap on the muskie rod.......on the whole, I probably wouldn't have kept drifting there, except we were catching fish. It took us by surprise when all of a sudden 30 boats come flying in from out of no where and we look and there are 20 more screaming from the flats in our direction. If I would have felt like people were doing it on purpose, we would have cruised over to have a little talky poo with those people. It looked there were a lot of guys getting their rectal orifaces chewed out by their wives. That's why I went fishing with my brother, he just couldn't figure out how to run the lindy rig....he finally figured it out thankfully.

Good luck to everyone, and hopefully I will get back up there again this year, but I have classes to take in the next two weeks, and school starting up on the 17th....

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Glassguy

Picks- The tillers have come a long way. I don't have the new $1800 assist steering kit on my 115 Johnson but I can tell you that once on plane I can let go of the tiller walk to the front of the boat and back without a fear. There is no tork on the tiller once you trim up 2 or 3 inches.

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Willy

Actually, a big tiller is easier to run than a little one. You can get the assist but even without it, I'd rather run that than a 40 horse on a small boat and get jerked around all day. The boat doesn't get tossed as much.

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18 inch Crappie

Went up Thursday 1-8pm and some small perch to show for it. Worked the flats on the West side marked a lot of nice fish in 30-35fow Worked them over for some time and nothing. Red,blue,long,short,Spinner no spinner. Trolled DD Reef runners for a while nothing. Then the wind picked up around 4 so worked the weed line with a Rapala and got all the perch you would like in 14 fow. Do not know what happened maybe the sun burn I got did something or just one of those days. Was up last week and got a limit of nice eaters. Maybe next week.

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CRAPPIE 1

I got on the lake (south east) at 5:30am yesterday. I didn't see another boat until after 9:00am. It was raining pretty good for most of the morning. I got a fat 25 incher on the graveyard early. Lots of small perch too. Went just behind Hennipen Island (north side) and got nothing. Next stop was Big Point. Bobber fished for awhile and got a 17 incher. I started lindy rigging and marked alot of fish in 15 fow. WHAM. Three smallies in the next 15 minutes. They weren't big but were fun. Next I went to the flats and didn't have any luck but did see 3 or 4 fish boated by others. The wind picked a little in the afternoon from the NW so I headed to Hawkbill and bobber fished. Got one more (24.5) and my day was over. What a beautiful day on the water.

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