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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Tadpoletodd

Smallmouth & Perch?

21 posts in this topic

My 3 boys are dying to try the smallmouth fishing on Mille Lacs they've been seeing on TV shows periodically. We're heading down this weekend and I'd really appreciate some advice from you guys/gals on where to begin. I'm not asking for hotspots; just advice on what to use for them and some good enough areas to start to keep kids interested and in the game. We'll be launching in the SW corner. Thanks in advance for any help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are some replys from when I asked

Mushroom head jigs from gopher tackle, w/ a 4" grub (color not important as long as it's pumpkin ) Don't be afraid to throw some swim baits like the storm wild-eye's etc, especially later in the summer, they seem to really like the larger baits.

I can't imagine that a tube would not be a wonderful choice as well.

I'm sure a tube would be great; I've never used one up there yet, just because I've been catching them w/ the other baits, but I'm going to give them a try this year.

Green northland jig with a white mister twister grub tail on a straight retrieve always produces on Mille Lacs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All your typical smallie lures will work on Mille Lacs. I tend to use a lot of plastics. Senko copy lures(I use the Comida) Plastic craws texas rigged... Tubes. Topwater(may be a little early but you may catch a few. Rapala Husky jerks or X-raps. Swim lures like the sassy shad. Spinnerbaits, both r bend and inline. Concentrate on the south and south/east side of the lake and you should find a few. Look for rocks or weed or rocks and weeds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

All your typical smallie lures will work on Mille Lacs. I tend to use a lot of plastics. Senko copy lures(I use the Comida) Plastic craws texas rigged... Tubes. Topwater(may be a little early but you may catch a few. Rapala Husky jerks or X-raps. Swim lures like the sassy shad. Spinnerbaits, both r bend and inline. Concentrate on the south and south/east side of the lake and you should find a few. Look for rocks or weed or rocks and weeds.


wow dietz, i guess i should have read this thread b4 posting my where to take the kids thread. you answered it pretty good. i wanna catch some good smallies up there in a couple weeks. my dad caught an 18"er up there last year so he has me for best personal smallie. would like to change that, plus i got some comidas last year and have yet to land anything with them(havent used them much though). you just wacky rig them above the weeds or what.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Senko type worms are what we use 90% of the time. I like the ones with the pumpkin/chartreuse tips on them. Smallies love them in every lake in Minnesota we have fished for them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

bgreen- the comida(senko) is a very versitile bait. Really it can be fished more ways than just about any other lure. I will like you stated wacky rig it with the Gamakatsu finess wide gap hook... 2/0.. I will also rig it like a soft plastic jerk bait on a 3/0 or 4/0 hook weightless... I will also texas rig it with an 1/8 or 1/4 oz sliding worm weight.. and I will carolina rig it... I have also been known to fish it on a nail rig as well...

All of the above will put the small jaws in the boat!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

tadpoletodd, I would start shallow around docks and rocky areas to see if they are finishing the spawn. Vibrax inline spinners in #3 or #4 are good search baits. They are easy to cast and will catch multi species. Just make sure they are the ones with hair. If the smallies are not on the docks fish the bouy marked reefs. Look to areas around Malone Island, grassy island, and areas in front of the Scenic overlook. Be sure to try topwater plugs for some arm jolting action.

Thingfish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How far out in the lake are you geneally talking about,if you don't mind me asking. My son's & I are coming up on Wed. for the first time, not sure how far out we'll go. We're staying on the s.e. side so that will help. Thanks for your help. L2f

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can fish the shoreline stuff. Rocks ect. There are some off shore rock bars. But the really nice thing is.. the DNR marks all the really good smallie fishing areas with Hazzard bouys!... wink.gif Serious.. fish the cans and you should find fish!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dietz is right on the money, just use the DNR rock buoys anywhere on the lake & you should find smallies.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We fished all the "rock" buoys on the south end last Sunday and couldn't get a bite. Not sure if the smallies were out deeper or what.

Could it be possible they were spawning? Do they spawn on the rocks or sand?

We fished most of the rocky points and the entire shoreline between Isle and Wahkon bays. It looked like prime smallie water. We saw a few really nice fish in about 4' of water, but they were spooky and wouldn't hit anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To be completely honest, I don't normally fish them this early in the year (I still have my "walleye blinders" on), but I would think that the fish being deeper is a good possiblity. One thing that I can think of that may have an affect is boat position. You said you were seeing some that seemed to spook, maybe you were in a little too close. I've found that I like to try to keep my boat out in 5-6 or more feet, just off the rocks and cast up to them. I might get a chance to chase some this weekend, I'll let you know if I catch anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm going up for a few days this week. I've found in june the shallow bite is better than the deep. I'm talking 4 feet or less. Sometimes its better in sand or weed than on the rocks. Docks can be awesome in June.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I picked up one in 10' of water trolling a minnow rap --perch color on Sunday evening just outside the smallie bouys. laugh.giflaugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i will definitely be lookinf for some of these "smallie bouys" this weekend. thanks guys.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brian,

Did you go to Park? I'm from Cottage Grove originally. If so, what year did you graduate?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out for 7 hrs yesterday and only boated 2. Fished from Cove bay to Isle then from Isle up to doe Island. I fished shallow, deep, rocks, weeds, reeds. I fish everything. I did graphed some fish in 8 ft of water but couldnt get them to eat for nothing. Heading back out tomarrow. Hope I dont get beat up again.

Duck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2000 grad. were you a '99. name seems familiar. did you play football?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might be thinking of my brother Joe, he played football and graduated around 99.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

after i posted i remembered it was joe. ya i played football with him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fished for 3 hours with a buddy last wednesday. I caught 7 and he got one. The bugs are aweful! Caught all mine on a rattle trap. Fish were scattered yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • cookie129
      Well another game fish season has came to a end. The dnr will be having a meeting this week in Kellier to discuss the up and coming open water season.. I be leave our cabins are wide open with narly a date penciled in this summer including opener?
      Grab a cup of java because this is going to be a long blog.
      The first thing is what a great ending to another game fish season .
      The biggest thing and this come from my heart is" Thank you" to all my new and repeat customers . With out all of you I would not be able to enjoy working on such a grand lake. When that old timer Dave shared that with me I was in Awe. "Its a grand lake and it owes me nothing, nothing was his quote and boy did that stick. The walleye fishing this year could of been better. I'm all most to the point of calling them the elusive upper red lake walleye?
      Just like every season for 14 years now we have had great fishing, good fishing and poor fishing. I guess its the luck of the draw when you come up. We caught a couple,, we caught some and we caught a few over the season. The fishermen have become a little more tight lip about there walleye catches over the last couple years. Its so funny when You ask a fishermen how they did. The ponder and say oh we got a few? I've always been like how many is a few? Its always well we got 18? To me a few is 3, a couple is two and some can be 1 or more.
      The dnr will be releasing a summery of what's happening on the lake in the next upper red lake association news letter. If your interested in joining and becoming a member its 25 dollars a year or 50 if you want your business listed on there web site.
      I have a few gripes I want to share also. Some you will have to read between the lines.
      The first thing is Saturday night I was coming off of the lake on Hillmens highway. Buddy Hillmen is so dedicated to his road and there is no one prouder when it comes to maintaining a ice road.
      As I was coming on to the landing a big wheel house turned off the highway. I new right away they did not pay 10 dollars and there's a sign right there that says 10 dollars. I rolled down my window and he was like wow I did not know where to pay. Where do you pay? He had no problem finding the access but did not see the lights on in the bar with a few vehicles there? Give me a break.
      Kelly, Buddy Hillmens mechanic got 3 Thursday night pulling in. If you can not afford 10 dollars a day for your wheel house ? I personally think wheel houses should have to pay more?
      I also had a few customers that tried to slide by this year and its very frustrating . The deal I have with buddy hillmen is I can use his access and in turn my customers have to pay 10 dollars a day. I'm on call 24 hours a day for any ice road work ,plowing, bridging, etc. Over the years I have been accused of fishing where some one was going to go? fishing on some ones way points? Cutting someone off. Every year its something and again this year was no exception? Any side roads I personally plow to my houses are always open. Do I want fishermen by my houses? Nope. My customers pay good money and I do not want them looking out the picture windows and seeing a wheel house 30 yards away. There is always plenty of room where I plow as I'm the rouge plower. I have no problem plowing out a driveway for a wheel house as it helps pay for my equipment as it takes a beating out there.
      Its been a crazy season and its not over for me as I again chase the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. to be continued
    • SkunkedAgain
      My snowmobile is dead so I can't vouch for the rest of the lake (anyone want a '97 Polaris 600 for free?) but when I augered through the ice in my bay, the ice was over 2ft thick - came to the middle of my thigh. However, there were several layers that the auger broke through and definitely some slushy ice mixed in. I would definitely be wary of areas with current! Stay safe
    • NorthCountryMarine
      Your all done Brian, thanks for stopping by!
    • Sunset Lodge
      2.27.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report Hello from the NW Angle! Ice conditions are still favorable with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. Snow cover is minimal on snowmobile trails but are still being groomed and in good condition. On the Minnesota side, we are seeing walleyes being caught  on shallower rock points between 20-24 feet as well as deeper mud between 28-30 feet. A good number of saugers and perch are also being produced. Black and gold have been performing very well using a variety of baits. Canada is still producing but the crappie bite has been hot and cold within the last week. Walleyes are are most active on rock humps with successful colors being, blue and white, pink and gold. Until next week! Sunset Lodge Ice Team
    • Poutwhacker
      I managed to get a couple of days off, so plan on pulling my wheelhouse up to LOW (Wheeler's Point) Wednesday morning. Reports have been kinda sparse, so am wondering what the latest and greatest is? Don't expect your Honey Hole spot, just general locations, ice and lake travel conditions, etc, etc. Any help is appreciated. Thanks 'Pout