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Flash

Hey all,

Heading to Mille Lacs tomorrow.  What has been the hot bait?  Shiners, fatheads???

Flash

"Set the Hook"

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Jplante

shiners or suckers

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IceHawk

Bring a scoop of each and try a variety the fish will tell you what they are preferring. 

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Nordern

Smaller suckers and shiners.  One hint is that you may want to get your bait prior to getting close to the lake.  A lot of the area bait shops having a hard time getting the suckers and shiners in the past weeks.

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Flash

Thanks!

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"Set the Hook"

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fowldreams

suckers, suckers, suckers. This was the only bait that worked for us last weekend and when the fish hit the rattle reels line spooled fast.

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Jplante

Fowldreams, did you have shiners? Just curious if preferred them over shiners, or thats just what you had.

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Wanderer

Call ahead for shiners.  I’ve heard there aren’t any left in the state.  At Mille Lacs 2 weeks ago I asked for some and the guy looked at me like I was stupid.

Of course I blame that on the question... ;)

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fowldreams

There was a couple mixed in the bucket. They were big shiners 5 to 6 inch range. The shiners would be down for 6 hours or so each time and we never waited that long for a sucker to be taken. Just our experience. If a guy could have both I say try and see.

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Wanderer

I found a great bait selection at the Baxter Fleet Farm today.  3 sizes of suckers, multiple sizes of golden shiners, and of course fat heads and crappies.

The first bait shop I tried only had fat heads and crappies.

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Wanderer

Shiners and suckers not needed for us this weekend.  The better pike were sucking down my wife’s crappie minnows on a demon in 20 feet.

 

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Tom Sawyer

You two are sure putting the smack down on some super sized Pike! Those walleye text you just sent were nice too. Your killing me man; I'm off todo more snowblowing. Though to take it when the wife's schoolin' ya', been there lots of times with Patty. Join my club, LOL!

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