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hanson

Sept 28 Report - Soooo Close!

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hanson

My girlfriend Carla and I were up to Mille Lacs for a nice little weekend this last weekend. We stayed at Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay in one of their beautiful cabins and were hoping to do a little bit of fishing, visit Father Hennepin & Mille Lacs Kathio state parks, and just have a nice weekend.

I haven't taken her trolling for walleyes yet and I was hoping this would be a good chance to do it. The weather was not looking good for us on Saturday. Rain and Wind. The lake was rocking on the east side and wasn't sure if we could even get out in my 16' boat. We decided to take a drive around the lake and thankfully found much better water on the west side so the plan was to head out to troll at dark.

The good news is I was able to fish one of my favorite areas. My Humminbird is littered with trails and waypoints of fish here so at least I wasn't fishing blind. We started out trolling shad raps on leadcore as I wanted to stay off the edge. Tried to move around from 14-20' thinking this would give me the best shot at catching something as the shallow water trolling reports from the previous weekend have been terrible. After about an hour, I finally hooked up with a 22 incher. I wish that wouldn't have happened because I then kept on the leadcore deeper water pattern longer than I should have.

About 10pm or so, I gave up on that and switched to flatlining SSR-5 Shallow Shad Raps in about 7-8' of water with some weeds. In this area I can troll on top of and through the weeds so we're only running our baits 3-4' down. I was going to take one pass across this area and call it a night unless something happened. 5 minutes into this troll, I stuck another fish, a nice fat 23 incher. I just said you have to be kidding me because this is what I was planning to do all night.

As soon as I got the boat back on track and our lures running, I got hit again. I'm getting mad at this point because I want her to be catching the fish. I tried handing my rod off several times but she wanted nothing to do with it. As I'm fighting this fish, it was definitely nicer, much nicer... and in fact the biggest walleye I've ever caught out of Lake Mille Lacs. Carla did a fantastic job with the net and we soon had a very conservatively measured 29-1/2" fish laying in the bottom of the boat. Alot of guys would have measured this one to 30" but with mouth shut on the bumpboard and tail pinched, we were at 29-1/2". We worked the area a little more... Carla hooked up with a fish that shook loose right away which was a big bummer.

About this time the wind switched on us and it was getting pretty bumpy... particularly in my boat. We took our time getting back in in the dark and we're pretty dang happy with the night.

Water Temps were 63.5 degrees

Speed was anywhere from 1.6 to 2.0 mph

So we landed 3 fish - a 22", 23" and 29-1/2" and lost 1 more. All 3 were hooked on the back hook of the crank and 2 popped loose in the night so they definitely weren't inhaling the bait.

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Redlineracer12

Nice piggie! Makes me want to get back out there again!

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lindy rig

Thanks for the details and congrats on almost breaking the 30" mark!

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Stick in Mud

Thanks for a little bit of good news....Water temps were 60 this morning, so things are looking up!

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fisher972002

hanson,

Way to go, nice fish. We found the same thing. We fished Sat/Sunday. Blown off lake Saturday, fished Sat night 5p.m and until 5p.m. on Sunday. First time on Mille Lacs, beautiful lake. We caught 2 smallies and 4 nice eyes. A 24", 23", 22.5" and 18" and 3/4 were caught with 1 treble in their mouth on the rear hook!

Nice lake. We spent a lot of time eliminating water, caught the walleye's fishing for smallmouth. Some sureset hooks on the rear treble might help a bit right now...

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BartmanMN

Nice fish and Report.

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fishersofmen

Beauty......

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