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Smallmouth night fishing

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fjd

Coming from the south where night fishing for smallmouths on clear lakes once the water warms is mandatory.

Will I find that need on Mille Lacs the second week of July ???

I have to believe the rock reefs always talked about on this forum have to load up with fish after dark.

Blacklight or do the bugs carry you off ?

Big black spinner baits or jigs....

Any help or tips are appreciated.

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Stick in Mud

I don't think many people fish them at night, and a lot of guys seem to think they can't be caught after dark. I've been doing a lot of trolling over the last week, and I've been catching a lot of bass pulling cranks over shallow rocks. I actually moved to a different location because I was catching nothing but smallies--and lots of them.

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Here's proof that there's at least one that'll bite at night. smile

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BrdHunter01

The smallies have taken over the rocks and pretty much moved the walleyes out. We catch smallies after dark trolling raps for walleyes a lot.

Don't forget you can keep 6 smallies, and they taste mighty good this time of year grin

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thatoneguy

Also don't forget that Mille Lacs is one of the elite trophy smallmouth lakes in the country, so release those fish to swim and fight another day!

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ozzie

or eat/take your 6 so the walleye (natural to the lake) can have their lake back!

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Brad B

or eat/take your 6 so the walleye (natural to the lake) can have their lake back!

they have both always been in the lake. any time you have a river going into a lake or coming out of it you will have some small mouth. Remember the rum river runs out of Mille Lacs and that is most likely where the smallies come from. if managed right all fish can live together and do well. yes Mille Lacs is know for the walleyes but that shouldn't be the only fish everyone focuses on when fishing Mille Lacs. with the new slot this year I think most will be targeting the other species the lake have too offer and this can be a good thing. I hope to pull a wall hanger smallie out of there this year if I get lucky enough to hook into one. my largest from there is 18 1/2 inches and was just shy of 5 lbs. this was when you couldn't keep anything under 21 inches. if I could of kept it I would have and it would have been on the wall now.

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Brad B

FJD,

as for fishing methods. Slip Bobber with leeches about a foot above the rocks or bottom can be good at times. also like was already said they can be caught while trolling crank baits.

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monstermoose78

I just want the perch to come back. I know there are still perch in there but the numbers there used to be before they change the limit from 100 perch is much lower, and Brad is right on smallies have always been in the rum river so it makes sense that they were always in Mille Lacs. I for one am a fan of the smallmouth bass in the lake they have saved many slow walleyes days for me over the years.

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BrdHunter01

with the new slot this year I think most will be targeting the other species the lake have too offer and this can be a good thing.

From what I've seen, that simply is not the case. There are more people targeting smallies but lets face it, what drives Mille Lacs resorts and local business' around the lake is the walleye. The people chasing bass and muskie will never make up for the amount of walleye guys lost this year 2c

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