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In 94 or 95, I was trolling Doe Island Reef on a full moon fall night and got my biggest walleye to that date. It was around 8lbs and I was

in my Glory! I was trolling in a 14 foot alum. with a 9.9 Johnson by my self! I was using a crawler and a spinner!

I went Ebners Bait in Elk River and woke Mrs. Ebb's up at midnight to get picture (before Wal-Mart or anything else were open 24/7 other than Ebners's). She took pic and hung it on her wall for a year or so, until she gave it back to me! I was just going threw some boxes of hunting stuff and came across it! Brings back memories.

Anyone else have some old Mille Lacs pics to share?


It was over 28", but back then who cared! I took it home and gave it a thought about mounting it! But in the end we had walleye steaks for dinner! I would never think of keeping an eye like this now adays! Fun to be young and I sure was and had a couple less pounds on me then!

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what is wrong with keeping a walleye over 28 inches?? try smoking one, smoked walleye is just as good as smoked whitefish, smoked northern, or any other smoked fish...........tom fellegy

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Sign of the times!

Now I would just take a pic and throw back!

If I remember, I oven baked fish and It was good!

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cool picture! it looks like it just came out of the water.

ive never tried smoked walleye but i bet its fantastic!



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I smoked a walleye once and it was terrible! There is a reason you never hear of smoked walleye, it is a waste of good meat.

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Ah, that face looks goofy enough for me! grin.gif! I was 18 in that photo! Also that was back when Ebners bait in ER was open 24 hours a day! Just for the Mille Lacs fisherman. Also note, I was in my work clothes grin.gif. Straight from work to lake! I wish I had that much drive now a days! Must of had a Lindy hate back then cool.gif.


I would venture to think, that how fished was smoked is reason why it tasted bad. I have never had smoked walleye, but have had other fished smoked and they tasted great! smile.gif

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Yes. smoked fish are very good. i have smoked about every popular species in minnesota, but walleye is not a good fish to smoke just an F.Y.I. to anyone thinking about it, fry it or bake it, don't smoke it. grin.gif

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