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The Cranker

First 2007 Open Water Fishing Report / Weather is Awesome!!!

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The Cranker

Hello everyone!

Just like the heading says, the weather looks good and it should be a very good opener. The trees are all budded with new leaves and flowers. The grass is green. The excitement is here!

Everyone up here on Mille Lacs is fighting to get ready for all of you to come and fish the opener. The bait shops are filling their bait tanks and filling their sheleves with tackle. The cafes and local establishments are filling their coolers of drinks & food for you. The resorts are cleaning cabins and getting their summer equipment and docks out and working. The DNR has the markers out on the lake to mark the shallow areas (need more markers though). All the Mille Lacs area business's are getting ready for the 2007 open water fishing opener.

There is alot of work that goes into preparing for this fishing opener event at every resort or business throughout the state. But Mille Lacs draws more fishermen and woman than any other lake in the state on this date. There is always such great excitement on opener that I really want to express to everyone have some patience this weekend at the launches and at these business's. "Murphy's Law" There is always going to be some things that will not go as planned with this many people, and we all have to remember that we do this for recreation and fun! Please be curtious to others this weekend and everytime your at the lake.

Well the fishing I believe will be very good! The warm weather has really increased the water temps and the walleyes are going to be hungry.

I would try the shallow bite on the 12;01am night fishing. I would either pull some raps or cranks in 8 to 12 ft of water in sand or rocks. One could also do the lighted bobber fishing in the rocks in that 8 to 12ft of water with a leech and a plain red hook.

By mid morning I would head out to a little deeper water and find some deeper structure either Lindy Riggin or Three Waying with either a leech or crawler. I believe that crawalers will be a good choice this year with the warm weather we have had and the water temps. So crawler harness's I believe will be a good choice.

As evening approaches I would be working my way back into those shallower areas fishing these areas as the low light night time approaches. Remember fish those windy sides of these breaklines! You will have better luck.

Boat Launches that I feel will be a good choice, are as follows; Fishers Resort, Niti's Hunters Point Resort, Dean's Agate Bay Resort,Kevin and Karen's Macs Twin Bay Resort, and The Red Door Resort. And if you are looking for a hassel free valet boat launch come and see Paul and the rest of us at Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay Resort. YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY LAUNCH PROBLEMS AT THESE FINE RESORTS.

Make sure everyone has their licenses, and life jackets! Have fun and be safe out there folks. Lets have an opener with no accidents. And please lets keep OUR lake clean and beautiful. If you see trash please pick it up and report those who abuse our resources.

Hey folks stop by and see me at our new Appeldoorn's Park Model Cabin Store on Hwy 169 on the southwest corner of Mille Lacs Lake (Across from the Dairy Queen))and give me your opening fishing report and also show me your opening weekend catch. I will then get your fishing reports and pictures of your catch up here on Fishing Minnesota!

I will be there from 8am till 7pm Saturday and from 10am till 6pm on Sunday.

Good Luck and Like Fishing Minnesota always says; "We Have More Fun!" smile.gif

Fish On!!!

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Sifty

Thanks Cranker,

Sure is hard sitting here at work reading reports' like your's.

Sifty

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rodmaker

Cranker,

Thanks for the awesome update as far as launching goes, as well as pointers grin.gif Time seems like "it's standing still". Can't wait to go!!!! I may stop in if I get up there Sat. (the guy who was suppose to go with me cancelled) Looking for someone to go. If I don't get up there Sat. I'll get up there Tue cool.gif.

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HuntFishDude

Made my reservation today with Paul for appledorn's.. I didn't realize it was Paul from this site until after I got off the phone. Looking forward to my first opener here in MN and my first time on Mille Lacs. How are those wind forecasts looking?

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Harmonica Bear

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Should be nice a "Chop"

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Benfishin

Especially on the west side!!

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