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Stick in Mud

Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports 2017

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Stick in Mud

Well, the hot winter bite has definitely carried over into the open water season.  We got out at midnight last night, fishing shoreline breaks with bobbers and leeches.  Two hours and 27 fish later, we decided to head in.  No monsters, but lots and lots of the ubiquitous 16'' fish with enough in the mid-20's to keep things interesting.  A nearby launch went out at midnight, and they lost count somewhere near 100. Everyone else we talked to did well last night, too, so it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out the bite this year.

 

The day bite has been a little slower, but it's flat calm and we didn't try that hard.  Found a few fish on the sand, then headed back in to nap, eat, and get ready to head back out tonight.

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Stick in Mud

Got 47 last night.  Quit fishing when our half-pound of leeches ran out....Good problem to have. :)  

 

Now I'm headed up to Leech for the week, and then I'll be out of town until July.  No more reports from me, maybe for the rest of the year if the lake shuts down this summer. 

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Bass Thumb

Bass fishing was good on opener. Top 5 weighed 21 lbs. Found bass in the pre-spawn, mid-spawn, and post-spawn stage. Some areas had bedding bass in a couple feet of water with bellies as big as baseballs, and some areas had bass staging on the breaks waiting to spawn. They were hitting on deep-diving jerkbaits, ripped and bounced into the rocks.

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Stick in Mud

Nice report, BT.  We didn't catch a smallie, alas.  I'm a bummed I won't be around this June to chase them. 

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DLD24

Went out yesterday and got 25 eyes from 16-24" midday...Jig and shiner or jig and plastic were the best baits.

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DLD24

Also where are the good public access on Mille lacs? I feel like every access I've been to is super shallow.

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Bass Thumb
On 5/19/2017 at 8:44 AM, DLD24 said:

Also where are the good public access on Mille lacs? I feel like every access I've been to is super shallow.

The four I use are pretty shallow for at least the first hundred yards, but I've never damaged my boat or prop. Just gotta take it slow and trim the motor up. 

 

I use Isle, Cove, Garrison, and the one near the casino, Shaboshkung or whatever.

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Kettle

Fished yesterday kind of slow but nice fish. I run a small boat and a vexilar for depth finder so by no means running around the lake like crazy. I fished a mud flat and got two in about 28 ft of water. Then fished some rocks in about 20 feet and picked up a half dozen. Definitely not out during prime time, 1400-1830. Tried everything got all but one fish on a Lindy rig and leech. Only one fish under 20". Biggest two were a 27 inch and a healthy 29 inch. All fish were netted and never lifted out of the water while unhooking and releasing. 

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DLD24

One of these days I gotta fish for smallies on Mille lacs...I've caught 3 while walleye fishing and they went 19.5,20.5,21.5" they appear to be pre-spawn still...

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eyeguy 54

beasts !

 

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Kettle

In regards to the boat launches the best public one I have found is the furthest west one in father hennepin. A day pass is 5$ and I think my season one was 20$. In regards to a pay launch I like agatt bay (spelling?) North East side of the lake. Malmo is shallow and Westwood is just about impossible for a dual axal bunk trailer

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going4it

Any story behind all the tagged smallies? I caught 3 yesterday but only got pics of 1 to register. Saw probably 4-5 more with tags. 

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Kettle

Couldn't make it to the mud today, too windy in the little boat. Found a few around 18-20 ft on the gravel. Biggest 28, smallest 18 inches. Lindy's and leeches. Healthy looking eye's 

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Stick in Mud

You guys are killing me...I can't get out fishing the Pond until July. :(

 

Anyways, thanks for the reports.  Good to see the 'eyes are still looking healthy. 

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Kettle

Stick in Mud, they'll still be biting when you do get up here. I did see a decent amount of smallies in the shallows launching yesterday, they'll keep you busy during the walleye July break. I'm sure come Aug you'll be able to catch them on the mud. I'm catching them out of a 14 ft with a vexilar for electronics so anyone can find them and catch them.

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Stick in Mud

Well, after six weeks of being away, it sure was nice to get back on the Pond. 

 

I honestly don't remember walleyes this dumb (well, except for this winter...).  I don't know how many fish we caught, but it got boring reeling them in.   Plenty of big fish out on the mud, then when the kids literally couldn't reel in any more fish, we went in shallower with leeches whacked 'em there, too, until the bait ran out. Shallow fish were definitely smaller, though.  

 

Just for fun, we tried trolling spinnerbaits on leadcore, and yep, that works.  Also caught them on a daredevil (I told you we were getting bored) and a crawler harness that we attached to the leadcore just for shiggles and gits.  More traditional tactics worked, too -- cranks, jigging raps, road hunting, spinners, etc.  Pretty incredible, to be honest.  And it ain't rocket surgery, so if you're curious about trying to learn a new technique, now would be a great time to get some practice and build some confidence. 

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depsps

Hey guys.

 

New on here. I'm going to make the trip up to the pond on Thursday, first time getting up there in a couple years and want to get out before it closes!

 

Stick in the mud - any pointers you could spare to help me out? depth? cork or rigging ? are all flats productive right now or are there specific ones to check out?

 

Thanks fellas.

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FishHawk11

I'm heading over there tomorrow, and since the eyes are closed anyone one have some direction for smallies?  Never fished it for smallies so I got a blank slate.  Staying at Fishers in Malmo.  Weather looks decent.

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Stick in Mud
On ‎7‎/‎4‎/‎2017 at 10:18 AM, depsps said:

Hey guys.

 

New on here. I'm going to make the trip up to the pond on Thursday, first time getting up there in a couple years and want to get out before it closes!

 

Stick in the mud - any pointers you could spare to help me out? depth? cork or rigging ? are all flats productive right now or are there specific ones to check out?

 

Thanks fellas.

I'm very sorry I didn't read this until now.   We fished the northwest side and hit Matton, Purity, Phils, the Broken Wishbone, Krause, Myr Mar, and Hourglass Flats (pretty much all of them).  All had fish.  From what I hear from others, it doesn't really matter.  We also did very well fishing in the middle of nowhere, just driving around until we started marking big pods of bugs and the associated walleye arcs.  I assume the bite will still be better than average in August, so all I'd recommend is using electronics to first start marking fish...and then fish them. 

 

I fished Wednesday and Thursday (today).  Yesterday was unbearably hot with very little to no wind.  We got ten pulling leadcore and Hornets on the top edge of the flats.  The bite definitely slowed for us, but between the ankle-biting flies and heat, we didn't stick it out very long.

 

Today/Thursday, we fished the reefs.  Our first two passes were with leadcore off the deep side, fishing between 23 and 27 feet.  Didn't catch a walleye (did get some big bass, though).  Decided to get lazy and throw out some bobbers in 22 ft., and we got 25 in about three hours.  I don't know why they weren't biting the cranks, but they weren't.

 

Hopefully you caught some fish, depsps.  I'll be back out in late July and August (if the lake actually does "reopen").  I'll make sure to post reports when I do. 

 

Fishhawk, we did catch some tanker smallies pulling lead off the reefs, and we caught a few on bobbers and leeches walleye fishing on Garrison Reef.  I was out of town from opener until this week, so I haven't had much time to chase smallies.  I wish I had them dialed in, but I don't.  I do see a lot of guys in fancy bass boats fishing mid-depth rocks (looks to me like...12 to 20 ft, give or take), but I don't know what they're using, and I haven't watched them enough to see if they're catching any fish.

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DLD24

I made it out Wednesday and it started good then when the wind died my bite did too...I was marking a lot of fish and couldn't get them to go so I pulled out a jigging rap and they were loving that... Got my new PB walleye (really fat 28.5), of course I was by myself so no good pics... I couldn't believe how hard that thing fought, I thought I had a big pike... I marked tons of fish off the side of the flats when the wind died, but couldn't get them to bite...I should have rigged up a slip bobber, but I was lazy... Everyone keeps saying about the walleyes being skinny, but the majority I have caught have been thick.

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BartmanMN

so what is the rule right now?  Can you fish for walleyes with artificial bait or not at all?

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Smythe

Not supposed to target Walleyes.  Guess it will be up to the Wardens discretion as he pulls his pad of violation tickets out. 

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JBMasterAngler

Curious to know how busy the lake was this past weekend? would really love to make it up to the pond while the walleye season is shut down, unfortunately there just isn't enough time :(

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Sculpin

Pressure has been very modest, at times the bass boats far outnumber the walleye folks, or so it seems. There were very few boats out on the deep gravel, even over the somewhat busy 4th of July weekend.  The DNR's latest "hooking mortality" numbers are at 31,769 lbs. through June 30th. Fishing pressure during the period June 16th through the 30th was estimated to be 85,106 angler hours, with 174,461 lbs. of walleyes released, and 10,650 lbs. of mortality. How that can be possible is anyone's guess.

To keep that in perspective, in 15 days, there were 11,630 lbs. of released fish a day, and 710 lbs. of dead fish a day.

Can't make this stuff up....and everyone that fishes better hope "Hooking Mortality" does not come to a lake near you. 

 

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certified jumbo

I understand what you are saying scilpin.  From the papers I read launches were sometimes catching 300-400 eyes per 4 hr trip.  My buddies consistently caught 40-60 walleye a evening.   Those numbers can add up quickly. 

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