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Smallie fishing


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I have never fished for small mouth bass, and I am wondering if I should get a guide for the day or if I can just hit spots on my own with some success. I am going up Wednesday night July 2nd and staying through the entire weekend. I would think a guide on Thursday would be good any hints, tips, or guide references would be great. Or if anyone wants to go out in my boat or take me out in there's that would be even better Ill pay for gas and whatever else just let me know.

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I'm a novice as well & only fished ML a few times. We are going to be up there trying for smallies, Larges & pike 29th-31st I can let you know how things went & where. For my kids' sake I hope I can give you a good report! cool L2f

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If you can afford it, a guide would definitely help put you on fish. Plus, if you got one early in the trip then you'd have an idea where to fish the rest of the weekend.

What part of the lake are you fishing? There are a ton of rock piles marked by buoys on the south side of the lake. You can usually pick up some fish by trollling the perimeter of those and tossing the usual smallie baits up into them (tubes, senkos, crayfish plastics, etc.) Watch out for snags though.

The wind may dictate what kinds of baits you can throw and how shallow you fish. Three to four foot rollers makes it tough to tool around in shallow rocks.

Good luck!

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hit the south end rocks with tubes, x-raps, lipless, crankbaits, top water skitter props easy to cover lots of water

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I will be fishing out of fishermans warf, it is near liberty beach and big point so I will be on the east side.

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I guide for smallies on Mille Lacs. Let me know if I can help?

218-232-6067

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I went out with Jim DeRosa. He guides out of Isle. I highly recommend him.

- Ryno

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Reminds me of my first ski lesson, best money I ever spent on a slope. A good guide will make your time on the lake much more worth while and will be money well spent on the big pond. You'll learn a bunch for later if you decide not hire one again, but the odds are you will. Good Luck. grin

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Yep. I had a hard time deciding to book for the first time, but will definitley do more in the future. BTW, I booked w/ Tim (fished muskies last fall & sturgeon this spring) & would highly recommend him. Not only a great guide, but a great guy to spend a day in the boat with. I learned more in 2 8-hour trips than I could have figured out in 2 years on my own.

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is there anyone that is going to be fishing Wednesday night or Thursday? I m not sure if I will have enough for a guide, still counting my pennies.

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