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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
The Cranker

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

Recommended Posts

The Cranker    0
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!!!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Sifty    10

Thanks Cranker,

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


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
rodmaker    0


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.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
HuntFishDude    0

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?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Harmonica Bear    0
Harmonica Bear

(Contact Us Please)

Should be nice a "Chop"

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Benfishin    0

Especially on the west side!!

Share this post

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

  • Posts

    • Meterman
      I noticed this spring that the higher end Shimano Stradic and others have eliminated the ability to back reel (no reverse) which I believe is a huge mistake, I don't like it!    any others have comments?
    • bbfenatic
      Been out chasing crappies again in the DL area..been a while...finding some nice ones in mouth of a river...pic of a couple
    • monstermoose78
      Went up north grouse hunting it was fun. I must say having a dog makes it better.  This weekend is duck opener and I am jacked up for it. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      The public launch at The Landing on the west end stays open until the ice sets in, but they do pull the dock sometimes around the end of October / beginning of November.
    • KidMoe
      Just curious if people are finding fish moving into fall patterns yet or still finding them in more summer locations?  I've been finding good sized panfish in deeper water myself around more mid lake structure. Most of the lakes I've been on are still pretty green with algae and weeds. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Captain Acorn, I use Gamagatu  octopus hooks. Size 4 for crawlers and size 2 for minnows. Red, black, chartreuse, and pink , mostly red and black. I use orange and green glow soft beads at times. (Worked today!) Cliff
    • Barrington
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at
      or our Facebook page Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!
    • Hoey
    • Captain Acorn
      I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used? 
    • monstermoose78
      This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.