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2020 Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports


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You can keep 3, totaling up to 100 inches, if you’re fishing with leeches~~.  Fire up the boat!  ?

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8 hours ago, Wanderer said:

You can keep 3, totaling up to 100 inches, if you’re fishing with leeches~~.  Fire up the boat!  ?

 

Yeah why don't you go Wanderer and jump in that river over yonder!  Pal. ?

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On 6/10/2021 at 7:46 AM, leech~~ said:

Really, dang I must have missed the DNR update. So how many Walleyes can we keep and eat now 4-5?

 

That was not your initial question.  Your initial question "how long are they going to play with this lake before they let us fish?" Your follow up question was "how many walleyes can I keep?"

 

To answer your initial question, the lake is open except at night time unless you're fishing muskies.  Its open all day, every day for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.  There is a planned walleye closure from July 1-15.

 

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3 hours ago, gimruis said:

 

That was not your initial question.  Your initial question "how long are they going to play with this lake before they let us fish?" Your follow up question was "how many walleyes can I keep?"

 

To answer your initial question, the lake is open except at night time unless you're fishing muskies.  Its open all day, every day for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.  There is a planned walleye closure from July 1-15.

 

 

Yep, when are they going to open Walleye back up and let us Fish-keep and eat some!  Like Red.  ?

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3 hours ago, leech~~ said:

Yep, when are they going to open Walleye back up and let us Fish-keep and eat some!  Like Red.

 

Probably not anytime soon, maybe never.  The days of keeping 3 or 4 fish on that lake are over.  The lake is not the same as it was just 15 years ago.

 

The best you can hope for in terms of harvest is one in a specific length, most likely in the winter season.  There's plenty of northern pike in the lake and the bag limit on those is generous.

 

It is going to continue to primarily a catch and release sport fishery.  The smallmouth bass fishing is ranked as some of the best in the entire country and there is likely a state record muskie present.  The walleye fishing is also still fantastic in terms of numbers.  There is literally no other lake within 90 minutes of the Twin Cities that has walleye fishing like that where you can catch 30 or 40 in a day.  Its not always about harvesting.  Embrace it for what it is.  Or go somewhere else.

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If you can catch 30-40 eyes a day why would there be such a restriction?  Seems hard to believe that allowing people to bring home a couple would impact the population.  Does not seem like the right balance here.

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1 hour ago, whateverisbiting said:

If you can catch 30-40 eyes a day why would there be such a restriction?  Seems hard to believe that allowing people to bring home a couple would impact the population.  Does not seem like the right balance here.

Hundreds of boats bringing home “a couple” for each guy in the boat would be thousands of fish each weekend. That’s not even to mention during the week or the winter. The fishery would change for the worse in one summer. 
 

I was up there 2 weeks ago and we had a 30-40 fish apiece day. It was the most fun I’ve had walleye fishing in a long time. Maybe ever. Just enjoy it for what it is!

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4 hours ago, gimruis said:

 There is literally no other lake within 90 minutes of the Twin Cities that has walleye fishing like that where you can catch 30 or 40 in a day. 


This is what will keep it from being what it once was.  The amount of constant pressure that lake sees day after day is insane.  It’s not as “Up North” as it once was.  The tech we have now compared to even the 80’s makes everything so much more attainable.  Trucks, boats, electronics, mapping, better roads, all of it.  What was once a weekend adventure is just a day trip now.

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The lake sustained 50 resorts for 60-70 years before netting started. Taking out breeders is what changed. 

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I don't disagree with either of those statements that @Wanderer and @leech have said.

 

Part of the selling point of Mille Lacs for me is the fact that I can get there and back in a one-day trip because I live about 90 minutes away from the south shore.

 

While I do agree that netting is part of the problem, its more complex than that now.  Lack of forage, competition from other predatory species, clearing water, warmer water, invasive species, etc have all played a significant role.  Recent studies have shown that it still has the same amount of reproduction as it used to, but when fish get to a specific size, they are eaten.  Mostly by bigger walleyes.  That's because there's a lack of other small bait fish to eat, mainly perch.

 

There is going to be a massive cisco die-off again this summer if things don't change soon here.  With the water being down about 15 inches, the lack of rain, and extremely warm temperatures, mortality amongst that species which requires cooler, well-oxygenated water will be very high.

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Oldie but a goody.  

Someone told me they didn't take big breeders out because their net mesh sizes wouldn't catch them!  ?

This is where the Jumbo perch have gone as well.  I'm sure now a days they wouldn't even let someone in to video this anymore!  ?

 

 

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There really isn’t a shortage of walleyes in the lake anymore @leech~~.  Like @gimruismentioned, it’s a shortage of food for them.  They’ve been skinny fish for years now.  Plenty of fish + low food = 30 or more fish per day, which has increased pressure.  
 

Thanks for the video.  Yes that was a good haul of healthy looking fish.  I haven’t been a fan of the nets either but honestly after looking at the video they bother me less than before I saw it.  They were harvesting mainly walleyes and processing them responsibly so they’d get used.  You gotta know that if the limits were raised these days all the fish cleaning shacks at the resorts would look similar to that until there weren’t any more fish coming in.

 

I think everyone agrees the lake needs better balance but we’re all making an impact on it while it cycles through its own natural challenges of having enough forage.  
 

IMO, more walleyes do need to be harvested but one small change will have a huge impact.  I’m glad I’m not the one managing it.

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Ok so my question is, if it's a known fact that the lake is lacking bait fish WHY doesn't the DNR focus on stocking that??????

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I don’t know, except that I’ve never heard of the DNR raising perch for stocking and cold water fish like tullibee would cost more than they’re worth.  The expense to raise cold water fish is high - that’s why they stopped stocking lake trout as much and were debating about a hatchery on the north shore to take advantage of the already cold Lake Superior water to reduce expenses.  Plus tullibee do have summer die offs anyway in sub prime conditions.

 

I’m assuming it’s a delicate balance issue.  Or we’re just not set up in any way to produce “forage” for stocking and won’t just dump a bunch of minnows in lake?  But again I really don’t know.

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

There really isn’t a shortage of walleyes in the lake anymore @leech~~.  Like @gimruismentioned, it’s a shortage of food for them.  They’ve been skinny fish for years now.  Plenty of fish + low food = 30 or more fish per day, which has increased pressure.  
 

Thanks for the video.  Yes that was a good haul of healthy looking fish.  I haven’t been a fan of the nets either but honestly after looking at the video they bother me less than before I saw it.  They were harvesting mainly walleyes and processing them responsibly so they’d get used.  You gotta know that if the limits were raised these days all the fish cleaning shacks at the resorts would look similar to that until there weren’t any more fish coming in.

 

I think everyone agrees the lake needs better balance but we’re all making an impact on it while it cycles through its own natural challenges of having enough forage.  
 

IMO, more walleyes do need to be harvested but one small change will have a huge impact.  I’m glad I’m not the one managing it.

Yeah since there's what may be 20 out of 50+ resorts left from the past around the lake cleaning slot fish. Probably not going to be as bad as cleaning out breeders with nets. I still have that silly thought that someday all men will share our natural resources evenly. And I'm not even a squishy tree hugging liberal! ?

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24 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

I’m assuming it’s a delicate balance issue.  Or we’re just not set up in any way to produce “forage” for stocking and won’t just dump a bunch of minnows in lake?  But again I really don’t know.

 

The only species they've ever stocked in that lake has been pure strain muskies.  And even that is at a super low rate nowadays.  The reason they don't stock it with walleye was because the genetic strain then becomes diluted.  Every walleye in that lake was and has been naturally produced.  When you introduce a stocked strain, the genetics change.

 

As for stocking it with bait fish or forage, its probably just way too expensive I'm guessing.  With the water being so clear and warm now, its not as fertile either and the bottom of the food chain has been altered, which affects everything to the top in some way.  We used to catch sooooooooo many perch out there when we walleye fished and now we catch like 2 all season.

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      On the south end...  A really good week of fall walleye fishing.  Big numbers of fish being caught.  It should only improve as water temps get cooler.  This fall has been unseasonably warm. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers are set up along the south shore and anglers are catching a lot of fish.   Most anglers are anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner.  Live shiners are available and effective.  There are still a lot of walleyes being caught on spinners with minnows surprisingly.  Trolling crankbaits has also been catching a lot of fish. The best reports are coming from 18-28 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point.  Various schools within these depths.  In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.  On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River and more and more walleyes are entering the river each week.  Fishing has picked up but most believe when water temps reach the 40's, it will get even better.  Currently, temps are in the low 50's. Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method.  Emerald shiners are tough to beat this time of year.  Some reports of big fish being caught, but not in big numbers... yet.   Sturgeon activity continues good.  A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket.  The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022. Up at the NW Angle...   Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent.  Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic.  Some strong reports with warmer than normal water of spinners with a minnow or plastic being the hot bait.  Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well.  Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish.  12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.   Big crappies are in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 25-30' around various structure. Muskie anglers report good fishing overall.  Trollers reporting mixed results.  One day is great, the other not so much.  Covering water trolling is a strong fall muskie technique and should get better as water cools.    Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.   Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.    
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications now through Nov. 16 for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Approximately $500,000 will be available for projects to begin fall 2022. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management provides the funding for these grants.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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