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Mille Lacs tackle suggestions


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Some buddies and I are heading up next week. I was curious if anyone had any favorite jigs or lures that work well on Mille Lacs for walleyes.

Also, how do you like to rig your rattle wheels?


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I use mostly jigging spoons.Buckshots,sweedish pimples,JRs etc. they are all good.Anything in perch color on Mille Lacs works well but dont rule out gold,reds,pinks etc.I think it is more critical how you use them than color most of the time.They are an attractor lure most of the time so I jig aggresively.Not just twitch the rod I whip em a couple feet and let em flutter down like a crippled minnow.Then let em sit for a few seconds and do it again.This will get fish to come take a look.Then the tricky part is when they show up.Sometimes they like it just sitting there and sometimes they like it still moving.I also like to have a dead stick or a rattle reel down as sometimes the spoon gets em in and they hit the dead stick.No frills on the dead stick.Plain or colored hook or a small jig usually does the trick.I tend to use more hooks during the day and jigs at night.

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i have had my best luck on a golden or silver colored 1/4oz lindy rattlin flyer tipped with the head of a fathead. good luck! now for your rattle reels i would just have a plain red hook with a shiner minnow down about 6 inches to a foot off the bottom

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JB Weasel--Green/Glo. Perch pattern Nils Jiggin Shad, Jigging Raps--Firetiger.

Rattle Reel I use a Northland Grub with a Rainbow Minnow.

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on the rattles: fatheads on red octopus hook or a plain octopus hook with a red bead and a small split shot has worked pretty well for me this year. Nothing fancy, new or exciting. I am right on the bottom edge of a flat and the majority of my fish have come 2 - 3 feet from bottom. Standard rule of thumb though is 6 - 12 inches off bottom.

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I played around a lot this weekend and think that some sort of a dropper rig is our best bet right now. I have these "competition links" that I bought in Sweden, that are basically small removable 3" chains with clasps on both ends. I played around with different spoon bodies (smallest buckshot rattle the best) and hook sizes. A moderately small red treble on the chain dropper with a minnow head, some shrimp meat, etc. seemed to get them to go the best.

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