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fish_hunt_guy

30" Walleye

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Im sure this has been discussed before to a point but if a guy was looking to catch a 30" walleye to hang on the wall (mine would be released and replica'd) in the Mille Lacs area (say within 30-35 miles) would your best bet be to fish Mille Lacs or another smaller lake in the area? Gull? Pelican? Farm Island? Clearwater? Serpent? Cedar? etc. I rarely if ever fish walleye on these smaller lakes. I ask this question becuase I fish Mille Lacs alot and it seems like the walleyes only grow to about 28-28.5". I know there are some 30+" walleyes in the system but if you put that time into other lakes is your chances for a true trophy better? Or is it just luck? I have a coworker who caught a 31.5" walleye on Clearwater (in between Brainerd & Garrison) and a friends dad who has a 31" off of Mille Lacs probably 25+ years ago. I realize a 30" walleye is perhaps a genetic freak of sorts but do some systems produce larger fish than others when it comes to Walleye? Sort of like the "Leech Lake strain of Muskie" vs the smaller "Shoepac strain"?

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MahtowaDave

Fish_hunt_Guy,

I'd put my money on a lake other than Mille Lacs if I am after one 30" or better. Like you pointed out, they are there, but I think another lake would give you a better shot. A legit 30" on Millelacs is a random and fairly rare deal. I have taken a couple on smaller lakes in a much shorter period of time. I have come so close on Mille, but never done it. I had a guy in a boat next to me get a true 30" on Mille a few weeks back. It was a beauty.

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centralmnguy

The whitefish chain has been hot this year...I have been seeing more & more 30" plus eyes come from there the last couple years. But there is alot of ground to cover out there.

I have fished Gull several times & yet to see a 30" come out of it & every time I am on Gull it is so jammed packed with recreational boaters its hard to fish at times.

I have three 30" eyes under my belt & all were caught trolling at night around or on a full moon...if that helps!

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