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2020 Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports

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13 hours ago, JBMasterAngler said:

Was probably close to 30 inches on main lake, 18 or so in cove bay. But it was deteriorating really fast. I could only imagine what today’s temps did, especially along the pressure ridges.

 

11 hours ago, Kettle said:

There were guys out on wheelers today when I drove past

 

Thanks JB and Kettle!!

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gimruis

My parents tried Mille Lacs on opener for almost 6 hours and this is what their boat looked like at 2:30pm.  They did not have a single bite.  I told them not to go and they still went.

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CLPDB

We went out on the NE side after the snow and the 3 of us got one lindy rigging and than we anchored up on the rocks and caught 9 more.  All of them were 16-18 inches.  It was definitely a cold and wet opener.  

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If you can't go out for a few hours and catch some walleyes right now on Mille Lacs...it may be time to try another activity.  They're biting shallow, deep, live bait, artificial, daytime, evening.  Heck even the bass guys are catching them by accident.  I think they're starving again.  They all look pretty unhealthy.  Granted, some of that has to do with being post spawn but they all look deathly and skinny right now.  Here is a 30 incher my Mother caught lindy rigging the mud flats on Sunday afternoon.

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My brother was up there on Sunday with the Nephew and had a 70 fish day. He said most were 18 to 21 inches with a few 22 23's and 24's mixed in. Think they also got a few 25 and 26ers. Leech's lindy rigging off Agate reef and Half moon deep side 21 ft plus. 

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Wanderer

Agreed, the eyes didn’t look healthy and didn’t have much spunk, even for walleyes.  We caught some off the dock fishing leeches under floats in about 8-9 fow.

 

Lots of boats out!  I don’t visit Mille Lacs much so I don’t know if the memorial crowd was more than usual but I have a feeling it wasn’t.  Except for the rain showers that moved through we could count anywhere from 45 -100 boats from the dock at any given time.

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3 hours ago, rumeye said:

My brother was up there on Sunday with the Nephew and had a 70 fish day.

 

I don't doubt that.  Bass anglers are catching way more walleyes than bass right now too.  The bass fishing has gotten to be difficult.  There's way too much pressure on those fish.

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I was out of the NE side again and was surprised with the amount of boats out fishing this last weekend.  I agree, the fish are biting and look a little skinny and could be post spawn.  This weekend was the first time that we caught fish out of that 17-20 inch range.  We caught a bunch of 12-14 inch which is good to see.  

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I was bass fishing on Saturday out of Liberty Beach.  The entire access was already full at 7:10am when I got there and people were parking on the road.  Bass fishing was tough.  I caught four of them in about 5 hours but they were all quality fish between 17-18.5 inches.  My parents have been walleye fishing on the mud flats and they caught 71 walleyes on Sunday in about 7.5 hours using a lindy rig and leech in 4 foot waves.  The walleyes are starving and willing to bite just about anything you want to drag around out there.

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thinking about getting my son out on Friday, hoping to fish the south west side after the wind lies down. I haven't fished Mille Lacs in my adult years, any suggestions on where to launch?  Willing to pay the resort/launch fee if needed.

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Kettle

There's really not any great accesses on the SW side, cove has a decent public launch but that's on the south end but fairly far west and then Eddys has a decent ramp and that's about a third the way up on the west side. Few other resorts south of Eddys but definitely launching on a narrow road

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11 hours ago, gogophers said:

thinking about getting my son out on Friday, hoping to fish the south west side after the wind lies down. I haven't fished Mille Lacs in my adult years, any suggestions on where to launch?  Willing to pay the resort/launch fee if needed.

 

Cove Bay public access is pretty good but depending on how far you want to go, it could be a bit of a haul in a boat (also depends on what kind of boat you have I guess).  I've made the run from cove to Vineland Bay/Indian Point a couple times with my 75 hp and it does take a while.  Otherwise the next access is Shah Bush Kung which is just north of the casino.  Or you can pay at Eddy's like Kettle stated.

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thanks fellas.  

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