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:hello: Hi there! I am looking for tips/advice from other fisherpeople of MN. I am fishing my first tournament ever this weekend. It is the Fishing for Ducks on MilleLacs.. I am desperate for any info as I'm very green with Millelacs, I have only fished 2x this year due to new baby and work so I don't forsee myself catching anything.


The tourney is inside the Garrison Bay and I am gonna be there at 6:30/7 am to try to beat people there for the far holes. (Only advice I've gotten so far)


What type of bait do you recommend? Any secrets? If I win I'll get you a nice steak dinner ;) 

Thank you and God Bless :grin:

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Catch a pout

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Tom Sawyer

As in any contest, I also try to get outside of the crowd and like to set up over deeper water. Mostly because I think the commotion on the ice spooks fish. Above all, go out with an attitude you already have, and if it's meant be, it's meant to be. Just go fishing, and have fun. Lately Mille lacs has been pumping out some nice daytime walleyes, so keep that in mind with your presentation. Call fish in with an aggressive bait such as the smallest size Rippin' Rap, Buckshot Rattle Spoon, or Swedish Pimple with a minnow head. Have a second rod baited up with a medium sized rainbow minnow or fathead minnow, hooked under the dorsal fin with a plain red hook. Another great option is to tail hook a minnow with a small jig like a Rat Finkie under a float ready to drop down to any negative, or neutral fish. This tactic has put many fish on the ice for me. My guess is there will be far more walleye, perch, and tullies weighed then pout during the contest this year.


Congrats on the new baby, Good Luck, and God Bless you too.

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Bass Thumb

The winner will be someone who hangs a large minnow under a bobber and lets it sit. I can see a lot of people aggressively jigging, watching the clock, and getting blanked.

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I fished it before with the slots a pout is the safe bet

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Down size. Everyone fishes with big presentations trying for first place. I have placed in the top 5 twice using a small 1/8 Oz spoon tired with spikes. Just constantly fish while everyone drinks lol. I try to stay towards the edge of the zone to stay on fresh fish. Good luck.

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I don't think you can access the fishing area until 9:00 AM, although getting there at 6:30 AM will get you a prime parking spot.

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