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Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports by Great Day on the Water Guide Service


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Troy Smutka

Best reports right now are the east side, from Isle Bay to Agate Reef. Hair jigs and minnow colored crankbaits are the best baits right now. Topwater should work if you can get a calm morning. Smallies are feeding up right not, not on crayfish, so tubes have been slow. I know there are plenty of fish on the SW part of the lake as well, but most of the good reports right not are east. Good luck.

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Anyfish2,      The fish we have been catching so far this year do not look thin at all. They are of average weight for their length--nothing like great lakes walleyes feeding on open-water forage

Sounds like most of you are motivated by the desire to see Mille Lacs lake back to the fishery it once was, even if you have conflicting opinions and ideas on how to accomplish this. Let's please keep

9/2/15     Got up to the big pond for the last time this open water season this past weekend. Caught a lot of smallmouth in the 14-17 inch range and several walleyes in the same size range on rocks in

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6/13/16     Fished a couple hours Friday evening and about six hours Saturday morning on mid-depth rocks in the SE part of the lake. Power bobbin' with leeches. Caught five eyes from 19 to 24 inches the last half hour before sunset Friday, caught thirty-one from 14 to 25.5 inches Saturday morning, plus six or seven 12-13 inchers and a nice smallie. Still catching fish from several year classes, and lots of them. The fish are healthy, fat, and they are fighting like smallmouth on the rocks in 10-20 feet of water. Fish are out deeper as well (gravel and mud) but we like fishing them shallower when wind or clouds have them active. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere. 

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What is power bobbing?? I feel like I read what it is a while ago, but can't remember...Also when does the spinner bite heat up out there???Hoping to hit the pond for first time tomorrow.

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Power corking can take a few different forms. Some guys drive around and watch their electronics, and if they see fish they set a slip bobber to the desired depth and toss it on the fish. Or you can ease around with your trolling motor, and fan cast an entire area with slip bobbers set at the desired depth. It's simply a way to cover water, and eliminates the need to stick an anchor and basically fish from a stationary spot. You need a day when the wind is kind of moderate, as boat control is critical.

Pulling spinners would be a good option right now, water temps are hanging around 66/68 degree's, and there are allot of fish out on the deep gravel, July Bar, 4 mille, Sloppy's etc. Or if you want a chance at some nice smallies, go to 3 Mile and pull  spinners around the rock/sand transitions, and expect some bonus walleyes in the mix....

The crayfish are molting, and the bass are feeding heavily on them, they'll love a crawler in this situation.

Good Luck !!   

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6/20/16     Big fish on the mud and gravel right now if you want to pull spinners or cranks with leadcore. Mayfly hatch was happening this weekend. If the wind is moderate, I use the MinnKota Humminbird combo to power bobb. If it is too windy wavy to keep the MinnKota in the water, then I switch to the Merc Pro Kicker on the transom. We are on mid-depth rocks right now, as it has been breezy or cloudy enough to have fish active in these spots. We work a long, thin reef slowly upwind with the bow mount, casting leeches under a bobber ahead and to each side of the boat. I then use the bow mount to slip-drift the boat back down wind, keeping the boat drifting the same speed or slightly faster than the bobber is drifting, reducing the amount of casting from the upwind troll. If I spot fish, or we catch one, I will hit the spot lock or anchor button on my MinnKota remote and hold on that spot for a while before moving on. If it is wavy, I will just do the slip-drifting part down wind using the gas kicker. We do the same thing to cover a flat shelf or step on a point that drops off of a bigger reef into deeper water. Later, we will power bobb in deeper water, trying to follow the transition from gravel to the lake basin or the bottom edge of mud flats. We will use basically the same technique. I will have an article about this technique in the August edition of Fur Fish and Game magazine.

     Got my Dad out to do this very thing on Friday evening and caught eight in about an hour and a half after the rain and wind blew by. Got my Dad and one of my high school football coaches out Saturday morning and caught about twenty. A pink and white or chartreuse and orange Creep Worm jig tipped with a leech under a slip bobber was the ticket. Remember, with the water on the big pond so clear, use a Fluorocarbon leader at the jig if you are using colored line or a braid. A good three or four feet of fluorocarbon keeps fish looking only at your jig and leech. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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Troy Smutka

Was able to get up to the big pond for a couple days for the first time in a few weeks. Friday we had clouds and some wind, so we power bobbed with leeches on rocks in 11 to 15 feet of water. Caught thirty-one walleyes from 14 to 26 inches and six smallies from 16 to 19 inches. Saturday was clear and mostly calm, so we headed out to the mud. Cruised a couple of flats and found a school of fish on the bottom edge of the tip of one flat, in 33-34 feet. Slowly worked live bait rigs with leeches through them. Slower bite than Friday, but still boated fifteen walleyes from 14.5 to 26 inches. Missed a few, and had two come unbuttoned as well. Moved at 0.3 to 0.4 mph and kept the sinker off the bottom as much as possible. Eight foot snell with a red hook and white rattle bead was the best. The great bite on Mille Lacs continues. Good luck and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/23/16     Scouted Friday morning for a guide trip Friday evening on the big pond. Hot, flat calm, sunny, and insect hatch going on. Tough conditions but we still caught plenty of fish--mostly big ones--both morning and evening. Fishing along the bottom edge of a couple of mid-lake mud flats, in 33-34 feet. Got a couple on leeches on live bait rigs, but most were on leeches under slip bobbers. Fish seemed to like this more subtle approach better and were easier to hook with a tough bite. Just slowly moved around an area just off the edge where we found fish. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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8/8/16     Got out on the big pond this weekend. My Dad and I power bobbed with leeches on mid depth rocks with some pretty good wind and waves on Saturday. Caught fourteen walleyes between 14.5 and 17 inches and five smallies from 17-18 inches. Got two of my kids out on the deep mud with calm and sunny conditions on Sunday. Tougher bite--fish visible on the sonar but not too active. Did get my daughter her second biggest walleye (22") and my son his first two walleyes. Caught several, but definite lulls in between on Sunday. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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1/15/17     Did an overnighter on Mille Lacs this weekend. Fished out of a sleeper on 18 foot rocks Friday evening and overnight and Saturday morning. Good bite from five to eight pm, great bite from midnight to two am, and good bite from six to nine am. Caught a fish here and there in between these times as well. Didn't get much sleep as the rattle wheels were noisy most of the night. Caught fish from fourteen to twenty-two inches. Fatheads on glow jigs under the rattle wheels caught lots of fish. Also jigged up fish on Buckshot Rattle Spoons with a minnow head and Buckshot Rattle Jigs with a live minnow. Fish move through in packs--had several doubles. Hit the deep transitions from one bottom content to another during the daytime for big perch, tulibees, and some walleyes. We weren't able to do that on this trip, but friends are catching some nice perch using this approach during the daytime. Stop at the Malmo Market for the best bait on the lake and sure-fire locations and strategies--talk to Lynwood. We went out of Castaways--good roads with only one bridge to cross. Eighteen inches of ice. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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Troy Smutka

1/29/17  Hit Mille Lacs this weekend. Fished deep gravel, 28 to 30 feet. Bite was a little tough--lots of lookers but only some biters. Caught most of our fish early, before sunrise, and late, after sunset. Most of the fish were caught on a blue/white Rattle Jig tipped with a fathead or a Rattle Spoon with a minnow head. 22 inches of ice with little to no snow, but plenty of rough spots from sluch freezing on top. Man are there 16-18 inch walleyes in that lake right now! Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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5/14/17     Fished the big pond for the opener Saturday. Seventeen walleyes between 16 and 27 1/4 inches and five smallies from 17 to 19 inches. Caught some fish on Rippin' Raps, but most on a leech under a slip float. Caught all the fish "mobile anchoring" on shallow to mid-depth rocky flats--seven to eleven feet deep. Used the troller and the wind, what there was, to move around rocky, gravelly flats, casting Rippin' Raps early and slip bobbers with leeches after the sun got a little higher. Used the spot lock to anchor in position when we caught a fish, then moved on if we didn't catch any more. Saved the spots where we anchored and moved to and from these spots until no more fish were caught. Then moved on to a new flat. Fish were scattered, but biting all day. Caught the last fish at 3 pm with sunny skies and flat calm. Mostly post spawn males looking to feed heavily regardless of weather conditions. A few females up too--they will continue to get more active. Pampered the moms on Sunday--great weekend all around! The walleyes are plentiful in all sizes on Mille Lacs and are biting well. Smallmouth fishing will only get better as the spawn passes and the water warms. I have a few dates left the next several weeks to get people out. Fishing the MTT on Mille Lacs on Saturday. Check out my You Tube channel--episode 3 of "Fishing and Hunting the North Country" will be uploaded by the end of the week, showing our opener on Mille Lacs. Get up to the big pond and take advantage of spectacular walleye and smallie fishing--don't let anyone scare you away with the story that the lake is dead--it is alive and well. Some of the best walleye fishing I have seen in years. Talk to Lynwood at the Malmo Market for accurate tips and great bait. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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6/4/17     Fished the MTT Walleye Tournament on Saturday, and then some recreational fishing for a couple hours on Sunday morning. Caught maybe thirty walleyes on Saturday from 16 to 27 1/4 inches. Our top five in the catch measure photo and release tournament added up to 26.77 pounds. Fished the mid-lake mud flats on Saturday with light winds. Live bait rigs with nine foot snells and leeches were the ticket in 30-34 feet of water along the edges of the mud. Sunday morning stopped at a rock reef close to the landing with much more wind. Caught nine from 16 to 19 inches in a couple hours on leeches under a slip float.  Eight to twelve feet of water was the best with good waves rolling in. Mille Lacs walleyes are jumping in the boat right now. Fish of all sizes (tournament anglers Saturday reported walleyes from 12 to 29 1/2 inches) are on the shallow and mid depth rocks, on the deep gravel, and the deep mud as well as roaming the basin. They are BITING on just about anything you want to put down there. Don't believe the "dead sea" or "walleye population in crisis" lines being uttered by the negative nellies. The walleye population is healthy and biting. Stop in to see Lynwood at the Malmo Market for the best bait on the lake and the latest tips on what spots and baits are best. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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Troy,

Honest question, not trying stir anything.

But how do the majority of walleyes look?

A few friends have been out there a bit the past couple of weekends and they are saying the fish are starting to look thin again.  Granted it and far removed from the spawn, i just hope we dont have another mid 2000's on our hands with hungry walleyes.

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33 minutes ago, ANYFISH2 said:

i just hope we dont have another mid 2000's on our hands with hungry walleyes.

Rest assured that if the harvest stays the way it is, we WILL have another "cycle". 

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9' snell's? 34' water?  

 

Good thing the bait will be out their @$$ before you feel em bc you'll need to pop that swim bladder.......and people complain of mortality rates?

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12 hours ago, Nhamm said:

9' snell's? 34' water?  

 

Good thing the bait will be out their @$$ before you feel em bc you'll need to pop that swim bladder.......and people complain of mortality rates?

If the swim bladder is not visible and the fish are quickly returned to the water, there is little affect to the fish and survival rate is very high. 

 

You might want to do a little research and show some respect. 

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Thank you Troy!

 

Enjoy your posts,  this one^^ is a prime example.

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I use long Snell's on Mille lacs and many others do too. The water clarity affects my Snell length, clearer water longer Snell. I feel a tap and give it and arms length and set the hook, corner of mouth everytime. You can have a one foot Snell and if you feed it 20 feet of line it's going to gut it. Snell length has nothing to do with gut hooks. 

Completely different note, Troy thank you for your insightful report. I couldn't make it to the mud today with the little boat but found a few nice ones in 20 ft in gravel.

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Hi, I'm heading to the big pond tomorrow for a day trip. I'm bringing my 12yro son and his best friend. I plan on fishing the north end. I'm looking for a fresh report from this weekend.  Any tips are much appreciated. 

 

Thanks!

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Ifish, I'm on my way up now to fish the north end. PM me and I can show you and the kids a few spots

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I disagree no I was not there but that does not matter. I iced fished this winter late January jigging a time of year with lowest mortality rate. Fished in 29 feet of water caught 12 walleyes and I reeled them in slowly and two had there bladders coming up. I left decided having chance to kill fish is not worth. Did not fish in a boat last year at all for same reason. Lots of us have spots where we can go out on right now and catch 50 walleyes but choose not to for the health of the lake. My opinion is if its that bad close it completely and this winter was a joke we all know it was poach city out there. Having said all this the state allows you to fish so it is your choice.       

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I apologize for getting involved in this thread. I think it's time to move the opinion section to another thread and let the op post his reports. 

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Troy Smutka

Thanks Maxpower, I appreciate your suggestion to return this thread to fishing reports and questions to help people enjoy the lake and catch more walleyes. I will stick to this goal with people like you and the people who know everything about everything and are always right will hopefully argue with each other in some other location. Have graduation parties and Father's Day activities with my family around home this weekend, but will be back up at Mille Lacs soon, weather permitting, and will post more reports and tips then. Good luck to everyone on the big pond this weekend--have fun. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

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On 6/26/2017 at 1:08 PM, ifishwalleye said:

Hi, I'm looking for a fresh report from the North end. 

Thanks!

I'd say that nothing much has changed. 

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7/2/17     As far as the north end, all I have heard recently is lots of smallies of all sizes and a few small to mid-sized walleyes on Garrison Reef and Myr Mar Reef. We were on the mud the last two mornings. Caught 93 walleyes from 14 to 27.5 inches. Caught them all on top in 22-25 feet of water, near the top of the break. Live bait rigs with a red hook, white rattle bead, and a jumbo leech were our best combination. Also caught a few fish on nightcrawlers and jigging raps, as well as leeches under a slip float. Sixty-five degree surface water temp. is cold for early July, but helps when bringing fish up from deeper water that is not much colder. No need to feed line, just give the fish the rod tip when you feel them hit, and sweep back at them. Take your time getting them up, and you will have a fish hooked in the outer part of the mouth with no damage to the swim bladder ready to release quickly. Our fish were all barely hooked on the outside of the mouth, we had several come unbuttoned but that is better than feeding line and hooking them deep. The fish, big and small, were trying to jump out of our hands as we were setting them back in the water. Only a few more days to enjoy the fantastic fishing for the lake's spectacular walleye population. Once the closure comes on Friday, don't quit Mille Lacs. Now that more of the walleyes have moved deep, you can actually keep them off baits over the shallow and mid-depth rocks to catch the lake's phenomenal smallmouth bass. The muskies are starting to get active as well. Let's do our part for the area businesses and continue staying at the resorts this month, buying gas, snacks, and tackle at the stores, and enjoy the lake recentlyu named the best smallmouth bass lake in the country. If walleyes are your game, buy your live bait at the area stores and try Knife Lake to the SE a short distance, or Borden Lake just to the NW, or any of the other great walleye lakes in the area. Let's help keep the MIlle Lacs area businesses open. Thanks! Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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7/3/17     Got my little guy up to my Dad's campground Sunday evening for a campfire and then out on Mille Lacs for walleyes today. Finished with a swim in the pool before heading back to the cities. Beautiful day on the water. Slowly slip drifted a deep gravel bar in 28 to 30 feet of water with leeches under slip-floats. My son loves fishing this way. Whenever we contacted fish or saw them on the sonar, we hit the spot-lock on the MinnKota and fished the area thoroughly. Found walleyes stacked in three different areas, and my little guy caught sixteen eyes from 18 to 25 inches in just over two hours. The two 25's were his biggest eyes so far. Had a couple of doubles and a chance at a triple but while I was taking the photo of the double below, didn't see the third bobber down until it was coming back up without a leech on it. Good luck and I will see you out there somewhere. 

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8/10/17     Guided three guys for smallmouth on Mille Lacs on Wednesday. Got our trip in before the storms and heavy rain showed up in the afternoon. Caught a bunch of smallies, but no pigs. Fish were from fifteen to nineteen inches. Also caught around twenty walleyes up on the shallow rocks, in eight to ten feet of water. The eyes were from fifteen to twenty inches. Added one jumbo perch. Fish came on crankbaits, jigs with three inch grubs, and Senkos wacky rigged. Good company, conversation, and fishing, and lucked out on the weather. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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8/21/17     Got out on Mille Lacs on Saturday morning. Started out on rocks in 10-12 feet of water, then as the sum came up and the wind layed down moved to gravel in 28-30 feet and then the deep transition from a rock/gravel reef to the soft lake bottom in 32 feet of water. Caught smallies and walleyes on the rocks, and walleyes on the gravel and the deep transition line. Power bobbing with leeches about one foot above bottom on the rocks and two to four feet above bottom in the deeper spots. The five smallies went from 16 to 18.5 inches, and the walleyes went from 16 to 25.5 inches. They weren't jumping in the boat--we had to try different spots, move around slowly on spots with the MinnKota, and then anchor when we did catch or see fish on the Humminbird. Had to work for them, but wound up averaging three fish per hour with the faster action early and then slowing when the sun got high and the wind layed down--typical August fishing. Eyes and smallies are fat and look healthy--both fought very actively. Surface water temp. started at 68.7 degrees at sunrise and was to 72.4 when we headed in. Still a little cooler than average, but that is how this summer has been. Might be my last time on Mille Lacs--busy with football now and waterfowl hunting starts in a month. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.

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      Anyway, enough ranting. Fishing was terrible! Numbers and quality were way down. Aside from 2 smallies that barely scratched 17 inches (both were skinny), not even any medium bass were caught. Only caught a few small pike, and 1 walleye. As always, kids had fun catching sunnies from the dock at hungry jack lodge. By the way, we ate at their restaurant for the first time…AMAZING! Also fell in love with castle danger cream ale. Had fun on greenwood lake watching bass jump out of the water and catching dragonflies. There must have been a hatch going on, because they were everywhere! And every bass had fat little belly’s. The rainbow trout on kimball lake has fat belly’s too. They were gorging on mosquito larvae. Casting from shore on superior was actually productive…on the way up I caught a long nose sucker on a daredevil spoon. In front of our motel, I finally caught my first lake trout from superior! Anyway, overall it was still a fun trip. Did some hiking, mini golf, alpine slide. Didn’t see any moose, but we did see a bear and a wolf. 
       
      As always, the people at Hungry Jack Lodge were great! I think we’re going to start staying there from now on.
       







    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Walleyes were active this week.  Some warm weather hit the north country and the fish responded nicely.  Jigging with a live fathead minnow or frozen shiner vertically jigged or drifting spinners with a minnow or crawler in 15-29 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  
      Snelled spinners or harnesses work well all summer into the fall and also is a really good way to cover water.  They are also versatile as they can be fished shallow to deep.  1.0 - 1.25 mph is a good speed, as long as the spinner is spinning.
      Colors to start out with... hammered gold by itself or with another color, pink, glow red, orange and chartreuse.  All good colors in the stained waters.
      Trolling crankbaits is gaining steam with very good results.  A great way to cover water.  Get the lure where walleyes are living and hang on!
      On the Rainy River...   Some good walleye fishing on the river.  Most anglers fishing the river are locals or folks with smaller boats or on windy days.  Although many walleyes head back to the lake after the spawn, not all do!   There is 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from the mouth at Wheeler's Point to Birchdale which is 26 miles east of Baudette.
      Most anglers jigging with a minnow with spinners and crankbaits starting to perform well.  
      Multispecies in the river.  Smallmouth bass in rocky or slack water areas.  Pike in bays.  Sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  
      Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing continues around the Angle.  Fish coming from 14-25 feet of water.  A lot of fish being caught in the mud, but plenty around structure as well.
      Jigging with a minnow and drifting with spinners the go to methods.  Not as many anglers pulling crankbaits but they are working.  Much like the south end, Gold or gold mixed with another color has been effective this week.
      With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  
      1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  
       


    • Mastercaster
      By Mastercaster
      Anyone been out to Elephant lake lately? Water level up/down? Having any luck?
      The East Coast Boys will be heading up this Friday and on the Lake by Saturday (27th year), don't worry Russ & BR we will save a few for you (kinda like the backrow boys)................
       
       
    • Dash 1
      By Dash 1
      Finally got out Thursday morning to wet a line. Pretty slow. Got 1 bass, 1 northern and a big catfish.  First time getting a cat there. Pulled like crazy and for some reason my dragged decided not to work properly. Luckily I didn’t break the line.  Lots of weeds floating at access. Had to do a lot of cleaning when I loaded up. Big thank you to the young lady checking for AIS. She helped get the weeds off, then I power washed it at home.  Good luck everyone.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Some excellent walleye fishing this week.  Guides did a nice job of being versatile a couple of days when the wind really blew.  Jigging with a live fathead minnow or frozen shiner vertically jigged in 14-29 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  
      Never discount trolling.  Some good reports of trolling crankbaits with very good results.  A great way to cover water where walleyes are living.  Mix up cranks with different shapes, sizes, wobbles and colors until you get dialed in.  Good to have everyone in the boat with a different lure to start out.
      Some popular crankbait colors to start out with...  pink UV Firetiger, Firetiger, chrome / blue, gold / orange.
      More big pike surprised unsuspecting walleye anglers this week.  When you get hooked up, hang on!
      On the Rainy River...   Some nice walleyes are being caught up and down the river in 8-15 feet of water.  A nice alternative to the lake for smaller boats and big blow days.
      Most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Spinners with crawlers and crankbaits are also a good option to cover water.  The river offers many species of fish in a setting second to none. 
      Sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  Summer sturgeon fishing doesn't get attention due to walleyes but it is productive and fun.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing continues around the Angle.  Fish coming from 13-20 feet of water.  Anchored around neck down areas with a bit of current, points and around shoreline structure producing nice fish.
      Most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Gold / chartreuse is a good color this week.  Gold, glow colors and brighter colors in the stained waters are a solid choice.
      With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  
      1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages available in Baudette, on the Rainy River, south shore of Lake of the Woods and up at the NW Angle at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging


    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      I only had a very short amount of time to fish this morning, so I went to the Apple River. Even though it’s pretty close, I never go here for the simple fact, the fishing is no good! I’m just amazed at the lack of fish holding structure this particular stretch has (Star Prairie). There’s no riffles, pools, boulders, undercut banks, nothing! It’s just fast water! I did catch 1 little rainbow, and lost 2 others. So it was nice to see at least a little sign of life in Apple.
       

    • Djsnej123456
      By Djsnej123456
      Looking to head out kayak bass fishing with the gal here in the next couple weeks on lake independence. I have never been on the lake and would love some help to get her a few fish. Bass only. Thanks
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  A great week of walleye fishing.  Jigging with a frozen shiner vertically jigged in 14-25 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  
      Some anglers locating fish shallow, especially in current areas or on a wind blown shoreline.  There are also good numbers of fish being caught anchored up in deeper water.  Different schools of walleyes are often tuned in to different bait, hence, not all walleyes are doing the same thing.  It is good to trust your electronics, try an area and if no luck, move on.  
      Jig colors, gold, orange, glow, pink, chartreuse or a mix of these colors on the same jig.
      Some good reports of trolling crankbaits where walleyes are roaming.  Crankbaits allow you to cover water and put your lure in front of a lot of walleyes.  Trolling shorelines, even if nobody else is, can produce good results.
      As is the case in a strong pike fishery, some big pike being caught but unsuspecting walleye anglers.  Many pike over 40 inches boated this week.
      On the Rainy River...   There is always a resident population of walleyes that live in the river even after the annual spawning run is over.  Some nice walleyes are being caught up and down the river.  
      Most are still jigging with a minnow.  Try current breaks or holes in the stretch of river you are fishing.  There are 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from the mouth to Birchdale 30 miles east of Baudette.  The river offers many species of fish in a setting second to none. 
      Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing this past week around the Angle.  Fish coming from 5 - 25 feet of water.  A big variance but fish the goto spots.  Neck down areas with a bit of current, points and deep edges of bays producing nice fish.
      Most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Gold and brighter colors in the stained waters have worked well.
      With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  
      1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  
       


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • mulefarm
      Where did all these weeds come from? Makes fishing tough!
    • Muskies
      Finally able to get out. Took my daughter and boyfriend bass fishing for a few hours. Caught 13 and had many tail boils. Neither had caught a bass before so loads of fun. Using poppers, shallow diver crawfish and vibrex spinners. All caught in 4 feet or less casting rocky shorelines. Nothing large with the biggest 2 1/2 lbs. After found a few walleyes hanging out along deep weed lines in 15-18 feet. One 19” and the other 26”. Walleyes are transitioning out to deep water. Also mayfly hatch happened last weekend. Water temp at 68-69 degrees.
    • monstermoose78
      Ely is getting just as bad.
    • Kettle
      Yea the flies are horrific currently up here. Yesterday was really windy so panfishing was tough, out for walleye today 
    • Pzswenj
      Back from a week.  Tough fishing for us.  Scratched together enough for a fish meal, but it was hard work.  Tried just about everything between Taylors Island and Fraser Bay.  Huge mayfly hatch in Niles Bay early during the week.  Hit a few northern and some smallmouth.. .  Covered a lot of miles, fished hard, and it just never turned on for us...  Oh well...  Till next time...
    • Troy Smutka
      6/2/21     Catching lots of walleyes and bonus smallies on Mille Lacs. On shallow to mid-depth rocks the first few weeks, now deep gravel or mud when it is calm/clear and mid-depth rocks when it is windy and cloudy. Caught several of the elusive slot fish during the open period, kept and ate a few. Catch and release now and remember closed walleye fishing and no live bait July 1-15. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Troy Smutka
      6/16/21     Catching bass, pike, sunfish, and crappies on west Metro area lakes. Starting to see a few muskies as well. Water temps in the low to upper 70s depending on the lake. Still catching fish in shallow to mid-depth depending on the lake. Good luck and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • ozzie
      Congrats!  Bummer that the dead fish was the difference especially if it was healthy and swimming when you entered the bay!  What weight did you have pre deductions and what was your fish/weight breakdown?  Curious what people were catching... Did you fish the same spots on tourney day as you did in prefishing? and if you don't mind sharing did you fish crosslake or make it out to whitefish?  Sorry for the questions but I always am interested on the where, how, and how many in this tourney but never stick around for the long drawn out awards handout...  
    • Rivergroup
      Got back yesterday.  Found some really nice bass and a lot of them, both large and small mouth in the 15"-17" range.  Found a couple of walleye, 14" and 15".  Had a great time as usual and the weather was calm for much of the time we were there.  Had most success with slip bobber and leeches/crawlers.  
    • BigVTim
      Headed up this afternoon for a solo weekend. Throwing for Musky but might pull some cranks or spinners and see what happens.
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