• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Rick

Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

brrrr

Anybody got roads good enough for wheel houses yet,  pulled by atv?  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dave S

a coworker was looking today and many are saying no to wheelhouses. He ended up going out through Barnacles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Macs Twin Bay had houses pulled by trucks yesterday.  Not much past the break though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
brrrr

After a few phone calls,  found out Randy's road is going good, full size trucks pulling houses.   

Suggest you call first though .  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Parmer

Buddy from my work is out of Randy's with truck and ice castle. Not sure how far you can get out though. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Bite was good yesterday afternoon.  Mostly 19’s and 20’s.  The best action for us was on tip ups with pike suckers; not nearly as many in the house with shiners and jigging.  One keeper @ 22 inches.

 

The wind switched and the morning bite has been slower.  2 missed and 2 caught; 17 and 19 inches.  Equal action in the house as the tip ups.  We’re covering 25-28 fow.  Fishing out of Barnacles.

  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Flash

What can you keep now?

Length

How many

etc

Thanks,

Flash

"Set the Hook"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

One walleye between 21-23 inches

 

OR

 

One over 28 inches.

 

FYI the slot is tough to hit by design so we don’t hit our quota too fast.  Don’t expect to see many legal keepers.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FowlSki
2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

One walleye between 21-23 inches

 

OR

 

One over 28 inches.

 

FYI the slot is tough to hit by design so we don’t hit our quota too fast.  Don’t expect to see many legal keepers.  

 

I released two slots the one day I fished Mille lacs this winter.  Maybe I got lucky.  I have no desire to keep a walleye that big. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walros

I was up last weekend and did okay,15 fish one slot that we released. Anyone else noticing that there seem to be lots of 10-14" fish?  Nice to see another year class coming in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer
41 minutes ago, FowlSki said:

 

I released two slots the one day I fished Mille lacs this winter.  Maybe I got lucky.  I have no desire to keep a walleye that big. 

 

Well, they’re out there.  Seems like it depends a little on where you fish too.  I was suspicious of the slot size choice being one of the lower populated year classes in the lake; that was confirmed by the CO that checked us.  I prefer eating walleyes under 20 inches also.

 

8 minutes ago, walros said:

I was up last weekend and did okay,15 fish one slot that we released. Anyone else noticing that there seem to be lots of 10-14" fish?  Nice to see another year class coming in.

 

New Year’s weekend my buddy saw a lot of those.  We saw a couple in that year class.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Parmer

Heading out there this weekend... They have roads to the mud flats? Or sliver or midget? How much snow is on the lake... Bringing an wheel house. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer
Posted (edited)

You might want to call ahead.  The flats are still sketchy for loading up wheelhouses.  Once they punch a road out, everyone flows down it even if told not to take their wheelhouses out past a certain point.  14 inches is the best for ice I’ve heard on the flats.

 

Plenty of fish on the break and rocks still.

Edited by Wanderer
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FowlSki
1 hour ago, walros said:

I was up last weekend and did okay,15 fish one slot that we released. Anyone else noticing that there seem to be lots of 10-14" fish?  Nice to see another year class coming in.

 

We got a bunch 10-12.  Good to see. I also noticed a ton of small perch every spot I fished.   Good to see the solid forage base.  

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walros

Anyone catching tulibee's ?? Amy help would be appreciated, thinking of a day run saturday. Got one smoking now and would like more to smoke.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
leech~~

Anyone getting any Jumbo's?  Something to make it worth a trip after my one Walleye! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FowlSki
2 hours ago, walros said:

Anyone catching tulibee's ?? Amy help would be appreciated, thinking of a day run saturday. Got one smoking now and would like more to smoke.

 

Plenty of tullies out on the edges of the mud flats.  They were hitting our walleye jigs with a minnowhead.  I’m guessing if we had targeted them with smaller jigs we would have doubled or tripled our catch on them.  Smoked some up this week. 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walros

Ski:

Where did you go out of?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Parmer

Hunters has a road to the mud flats. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimruis
On ‎1‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 7:02 PM, leech~~ said:

Anyone getting any Jumbo's?  Something to make it worth a trip after my one Walleye! 

 

There are a few but you'll likely have to catch at least 20 smaller dinks before you get one worth keeping.  I experienced this problem in October before ice up.

  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bowhuntermitch

11/11-11/13 Report 

 

We fished out of Red Door Resort from Friday to Sunday AM. Red Door has maintained their roads very well. Easy sailing there. We fished off the second break, about 80 yards from the heave. Tried to get away from the big groups of people, which we were able to do. Travel was not bad at all off the plowed roads, but we only had to go about 100 yards to get away from the groups. 

On a map, it wasn't an ideal spot, but it produced fish in 30-31'. I think getting away from people was key. Friday we got our two wheel houses set up (within 30 feet of each other) and started fishing. One house caught every single fish Friday from noon to throughout the night...in the same hole. No other hole produced. Saturday morning we moved the house that wasn't catching anything about 15 yards, and also moved the Finicky Foolers/Tip-ups about 15-25 yards. All of the sudden we started catching fish. Funny how such a small move makes a huge difference. 

Plain hooks with medium 4" shiners produced as well as a white demon on a deadstick. Our group of 5 caught 25ish fish in 48 hours. Biggest being 24". 2 keepers (21" & 23") that went back down the hole, and a bunch of 19" fish. The first fish of the trip was a HUGE 12" perch. 


If you're not catching fish, move! Even if it's only 15 yards like in our case! 

All in all a great trip to the big pond!

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Parmer

Am heading up this weekend... Not sure where we going out of... But like to be away from the groups also. I usually go out of hunters but they are having road issues again. I am sure it will be resolved by Friday. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
relax

I'm also thinking about going up this weekend. We were thinking about Barnacles or Red Door. It will be our first time out of either resorts. Any recommendation or opinions about the resorts and their roads? Thanks in advance!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Listen to what either place tells you for tips.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bowhuntermitch
19 hours ago, relax said:

I'm also thinking about going up this weekend. We were thinking about Barnacles or Red Door. It will be our first time out of either resorts. Any recommendation or opinions about the resorts and their roads? Thanks in advance!

 

I use both throughout the ice seasons. Both do a very good job with their roads. From what I've seen, I think Red Door is usually a little busier just because they seem to do more advertising. I could be wrong.

 

Sounds like Barnacles will be open to East Flat this weekend with pickups, while Red Door is waiting. I'd contact them to make sure nothing has changed, though. 

 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Similar Content

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      On the Minnesota side, we are finding Perch, Walleye and Sauger, with 23-25 ft in the gravel being the most succesful. A lot of fish pulled from these areas were found to be preying on crawfish and spitting them up upon surfacing.  Pink and white has been the top producing color combo once again. It is equally important to keep charging your glow lures. During periods of extreme cold the Dead-stick was most effective. Very nice Saugers are still being caught out of 28-29 ft.  The best action has been early and late in the day. 

      Canada has been providing mixed bags, seeing Perch, Crappie, Walleye and big Northerns.  A couple of limits of big crappies again this week, 30-33ft being the most successful depth. Big walleye and northern found in Little Traverse on rock reefs. 

      We received 8+ inches of snow within the past few days, trails have large drifts that are hard to see, take caution in low light conditions until trail can be groomed.

      Until next week,
      Sunset Lodge



    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
      Fishing remains consistently strong on the Minnesota side this week. Many species are quick to bite leaving anglers with a very mixed bag at the end of the day. We saw multiple 40+ inch Northern, many Perch, even a Lake Trout among an already strong Walleye bite. 22-24 ft on gravel bottom surrounded by mud has been our best spots. Be sure to charge up any Glow tackle in use, with the increasing snow cover, glow or lighted lures have been hot. Pink/white and gold are also very effective on sunny days.
      The Canadian bite just keeps getting better! Crappies can be found in 30 foot holes while 22-26 ft flats on break lines have been hot for a Sauger/Walleye mix.
      Remember to stick to well-traveled trails as most have not been staked/marked as of yet.
      Until next week!
      Sunset Lodge




    • MN BassFisher
      By MN BassFisher
      @bassfshin24 and I snuck up to Mille Lacs for 2 days of fishing recently. We were targeting Walleye near shallow structure in the low light hours and bumping out a bit deeper during mid-day. The first day was slow for us but we found more action on Day 2 including my 2nd biggest Walleye through the ice. I also caught my first tagged Walleye! Pay attention for my slip and fall...
       
       
       
    • jtnjenn
      By jtnjenn
      What are ice depths in the metro right now?
    • Hatto018
      By Hatto018
      So the weeks betwixt point and click and smoke pole deer hunting always have my ire up to get that last Musky Missile into my hands.  Gotta scrub that slime into my glove until next year.  Going to give the Mississippi below Falls a try here in a few hours.   Might find it frozen, might find a spot to get in.   I'll bring my boat because I'm an optimist,  but I'll bet the kayak is where i end up.   
      Wish me luck, otherwise I have a scheme on my mind for my favorite frozen central mn musky lake. 
       
    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are holding in the low 50's but expect them to continue to drop this week with temperatures in the high 30's and even snow in the forecast.
       
      Both Minnesota and Canadian walleye fishing are on fire with only a jig and shiner or minnow needed. Look for Walleye in areas of current, pinch points between islands or rocky bays. Fish are currently shiner dependent in 17-25 feet.

      Crappies are being found away from the rocks suspended over mud bottoms in 24-28 feet.

      Perch can be found on deeper reefs topping out at 28 feet. 

      Muskie trolling is off to a great start and will only continue to get better as the water temperature reaches into the high 40's. 

      We will be closing down for ice in October 22nd - we hope to see you before then for some late fall fantastic fishing!
       
      Sunset Lodge













    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Lake of the Woods water temps are steadily falling into the mid to low 50’s. This past week cold fronts and strong winds have fish schooling up and feeding heavily.

      In Minnesota, look to rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15-22ft. of water.  A jig and minnow is all that is needed to catch a limit in a short period of time. Bottle necks between islands in the NW Angle are also worth fishing in the evenings.
       
      In Canada, the fishing has been excellent.  Crappie, walleye and perch are all schooling up and taking a jig and minnow.  With the water temperatures dropping, expect to see the muskie bite increase while trolling. 

      We will be closing October 22nd for ice in! Contact us for availability for your fall fishing trip!

      We hope to see you soon,
      Sunset Lodge







    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the main basin... Very strong walleye fishing continues with the jig bite picking up.  Charters finding limits of eater walleyes with big fish mixed in.  Crankbaits, spinners / crawlers and jigs with frozen shiners in main basin successful. 15-31 feet of water producing good numbers of walleyes across south shore with very good numbers in front of gap. Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River as well as up the Rainy River. 
      On the Rainy River... With shiners entering the river, eater walleyes showing up as well.  Anglers reporting success both jigging and pulling crankbaits.  Walleye activity will be increasing as shiner run continues.  
       
      Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats and around Garden Island. 15 - 25' is a good start.  Spinners, crankbaits and jigging all producing.  Some nice jumbo perch mixed with walleyes.  Muskie activity picking up as water is cooling.  Next full moon, Sep 24.  Crappie anglers are producing big black slabs.  

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
      Minnesota walleye action remains strong with spinners in mud bottomed areas near reefs using both minnows and crawlers. Fish can also be found in shallower water (15ft. or less) around Garden Island. Crankbaits seem to be the most effective at enticing larger fish. 
      Canadian walleye fishing has been fabulous this past week. The jig and minnow bite is on! Multiple boats ran out of bait and had just as much success switching to plastics. Bottom bouncing with crawlers remains effective in soft bottom areas as well.  Crappies continue to school up on deep water points. Hot windows of muskie bites have become shorter but still with good success.  Plenty of fish in the 4ft plus range and even a couple over 50!
      Water temps remain stable between 64-67 degrees. 
      See you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge


    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      9.4.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
       
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      In Minnesota, walleye fishing remains best with deep trolling minnow baits in 22-27 feet of water.  These same areas will provide action with a spinner and a minnow, however crawlers are still producing fish.  In the coming weeks, jig and minnow fishing will be the go to with fish stacking themselves on points and current areas. 

      Canadian walleye action remains strong on bottom bouncer and spinner rigs with either a crawler or minnow.  Walleye are starting to school tighter making jig and minnow fishing very effective. Fall fishing is starting to heat up and we are seeing crappies schooled up on deep points.

      Surface water temps are currently in the low 70’s throughout the day. 

      We hope to see you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge
















  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • PRO-V
      Heard from a friend today that Round is a terrible slush hole now.
    • monstermoose78
      Seeing Borch has the cool cats going on march 2 I will go with the following weekend! If Saturday or Sunday works better for please say something. This will be a good time to pick the brains of some great fishermen. 
    • leech~~
      Don't forget to remember the rod, line, lure and rest of equipment you used and that you were eating JohnsonVille brats when you caught it. You know, more sponsors! 😅  
    • JerkinLips
      Fishing has been decent for late season. Caught just 3 walleyes under 12” on Friday after a late 10am start due to getting the Ranger stuck 1/4 mile from the house.  Yesterday I caught 9 walleyes including the 25” pictured; all the rest were under 12” except for one 16”. Have caught 5 today and all were under 12” except for one 15”.  Two fish caught on suckers and all the rest on chubs. Fuel and Food didn’t have rainbows or shiners. Have to pull my house off today. Good luck. 
    • JerkinLips
      SIF I took the snowmobile from Stuntz Bay all the way to Mud Creek last night to clear snow of the roof of my sisters cabin. The plowed road was fine until just after leaving Stuntz Bay. Then it had tons of water on it. Made the mistake of driving through one and it was at least 6” deep. Covered the windshield, hood, and helmet with ice. The plowed road ended close to Ely island. The rest of my ride was okay other than heavy snow and one slush spot by shore. On the way back I took the snowmobile trail on the lake and that was fine except where it crossed the plowed road and was covered with water. Very tough traveling out there except be sled. 
    • DTro
      Hey guys!   Thanks, I really appreciate it.   The response to this fish has been completely overwhelming to me.  I never expected it to get so much attention.   USA Today, FoxNews, Reuters, BBC,  New York Post,  ABC, just name a few.   Then to see it on the top fold of the front page of the Strib was crazy,  not many outdoor stories make that section.      Although I said I think i'm done Ice fishing in the video, I know there are bigger ones out there and guess who was out on the ice until midnight  again last night.  :)   I just love being out there and spending time fishing with friends.  The fish are always a bonus and landing that fish was a team effort.  Most of those fishing friends were made right here on FM.  This site will always hold a special place inside me.  So many great memories.     So awesome to see this Sturgeon fishery rebound and become a resource for everyone in MN to enjoy,  and to be completely honest, as fun as it is to now hold the record,  I hope it keeps getting broken again and again.  That means we are doing something right.  
    • Salo Island Family
      Happy Sunday Everyone.  Thinking of checking the cabin today and curious if anyone knows the condition of the roads coming out of Stuntz Bay?
    • Rick
      Verified New Minnesota State Record Lake Sturgeon caught ice fishing on the St. Croix River.   Congrats to our very own Darren Troseth the new record holder and our friend John Kimble who was invaluable throughout the process of landing this monster.   78" long, beating the previous record by 5 inches, and estimated at 120 lbs.
    • eyeguy 54
      thx for the reminder! 
    • monstermoose78
      Some of the lakes have roads park and walk it what I will be doing