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fjd

North end - smallmouth?

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fjd

Headed up in early July. We are staying on the north end of the lake. Can I catch good smallmouth up that way or do I have to come back South?

I appreciate the input.

Thanks

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Superduty

You will find plenty of smallies on the north end. Rocks or weeds (grass as you southern boys call it grin).

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bassfshin24

Find a good rock pile and you will find smallies. The north end has a ton of hidden gems if you can find them.

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Juan Grande

Yeah, the south side has more rock piles but also gets more pressure.

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Stick in Mud

The northwest side is also full of them.

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minniwinni91

The whole east side of the lake is a giant rock pile as well, a lot of water to cover but if you find the big boulder type rocks your almost quaranteed a fish or two.

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Juan Grande

Bassfshin24, empty out your PM box.

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bassfshin24

Cleared

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Shack

I don't know. Rocks IMO signify larger small-mouths.

Yeah you can find hidden gems and the northern sand may hold some pockets of SMB but this is certainly "not" where I would target large Mille Lacs smallmouth. wink

Personally I would target the East Side rock reefs on the sharp tips and transitions. smile

Anyways though, good luck during your trip. smile

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bassfshin24

I totally agree. It is just incase you are on the NE side you can definitely find them.

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Craigums

Is there lots of rocks on the south end by cove bay or do I need to head east

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fjd

There is a good reef with boulders out in front of the Red Door Resort that holds good numbers and some big ones. We have caught several 20-21 inchers there. There are some good rock piles close to shore from out in front of the North Garrison Public Access east to in front of Myr Mar Marina. Again both numbers and size. If they are feeding on crayfish, flutter a brown or green 3-4" tube with a rattle weight from boulder to boulder, or skip a crayfish colored crankbait off the rocks. If it is calm, try a topwater popper like a Rapala Skitter Pop. If they aren't totally zoned in on crayfish looking down, you could have some fun with topwater on a calm morning. When you catch one, look at their nose and forehead. If they are scuffed, it means they are burrowing in the rocks for craws. If not, you may be able to get them to feed up on a topwater or spinnerbait or minnow colored crankbait. Good luck.

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fjd

Thanks for all the tips.

I appreciate you guys!!!

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