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First Mille Lacs trip 5/27

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Being a kayak angler I have to be careful going to the big pond because of wind. With calm winds Saturday I had to make a trip. I found a nice gravel spot to park and drag my yak to the water and avoid the madness at public launches. It sure was nice. The pic is from right before I launched, nice and quiet. 


Smallies all over in a few feet of water on beds. They didn't want to eat though. Some guys would drop an anchor and pester the same fish for 20 minutes until she ate. That's not my style so I moved on. Eventually I got this football to slam a stick worm fished weightless, texas rigged, like a jerkbait. I didn't sight fish her, just casted into the pencil reeds after missing a blowup on topwater. She slammed it instantly. She was in the slot so she had to be released. I also got a handful of pike, nothing big enough to want to eat except one which jumped right at my kayak and spit the spinnerbait right back at me. 


This lake is so awesome and so different from anything I've seen being from TN. It's going to take some time to learn, that's for sure. 



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Stick in Mud

Very cool report!  I've canoed the Pond but never kayaked it....you sure don't see many self-propelled boats out there. :)

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    • kelly-p
      Sure. The good thing is if you have too many cocktails and fall off the dock you will not have to worry about drowning.  People are going to have a long walk to go swimming out of the Waskish beach. Hard to believe that 3 years ago the dock floated up off the support poles so we had to put in a few longer ones. The dock was right up to the predator guard below the wood duck houses. 
    • CTfish
      Hey would someone that lives close by the Hatchery let me know when they are stripping eggs this year? Shouldn't be too far off. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Here are a few photos taken off of my dock which is straight across the Pike River from the Hatchery. Only a day or two more before it opens up here on the river! The second picture is looking toward the dam.
    • halad
      Hey Kelly can I fish of your dock opener
    • jkrash
      Your Right! after clicking on the picture a couple times and zooming in you can see the big white head of the male hooded mergaser.
    • kelly-p
      According to the Army Corp of Engineers weather station here in Waskish we have had a grand total of  1.29 inches of precipitation so far in 2018.  When we were burning the grass of there was still about 30% snow cover. The flames were hitting 10 feet high.
    • Wanderer
      Nice to see there might actually be some ice melting up that way! jkrash, those are hooded mergansers though.   I might’ve called out my first woodie sighting this year as one of those too.  But nah!  I know what I saw had to be woodie! Haha! Seriously though, I’ve seen more, and more variety of ducks this spring than ever  in my life.  The late lake ice outs have made the river a diver Mecca.  I think I saw a few with Ely or bust signs on em too!  The bulk of woodies have been in the Little Falls area for about a week, some for a couple.  The hoodeds have been here for at least a month. They’re all coming though!
    • Wakemup
    • mrpike1973
      Wow great job!! Looks like a nice young generation of care takers of the land. Thank you all for your efforts! Sure a nice day today.
    • eyeguy 54
      I see one of my hot spots   Nice job JC and kids!