Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Connect, BE BRAVE - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here


      Fishing Report Clubs - Make Your Own "Post Your Thoughts" - Leave YOUR mark, make each place you visit "a little better"!

      Join the Minnesota Fishing Report Club, where only club members see detailed info that is shared. CLICK HERE to join.

      Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

AdamT

I have a week trip planned for opening week on the big pond.  Should I reschedule?  I know the record ice out for that lake is May 16th. Does it look like that will be broken this year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TrueNorth

Sure does't look good now but things can change in a hurry.  Pretty darn tough to break all time records.  Same discussion going on at Vermilion which is May 23rd.  

If I had to bet the farm, I'm wagering the big pond being ice free the week of May 6th IF long term forecast is reasonable close.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimruis

I read recently that Mille Lacs generally loses its ice about a week after the other smaller local lakes in the area (Onamia, Shakopee, Farm Island, Platte, Sullivan, Borden, etc).  So maybe keep an eye on those to see what their progress is.  I also read that some of these bigger lakes further north usually lose their ice about 13 days after Lake Minnetonka.  So that's also something to watch.  Minnetonka's all time latest ice out date is May 5.

Edited by gimruis
  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
brrrr

if the long term forecast holds, I would guess the lake will open up really close to opening weekend. like Friday through Monday. there will probably still be some ice floating out there for a few days after that. it really depends on next weeks weather. its going to be close

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sculpin

There were trucks out on Isle Bay yesterday, and ALLOT of snow remains on the main lake. I think significant open water for the opener is a long shot at best. 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bass Thumb

I'd be surprised if the lake is entirely open by Opener. I almost needed at auger extension eight days ago when I was up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
pikeandchester

Drove around the entire lake today. From the road it looks like the warm weather has melted most of the snow. Only saw about a half dozen people fishing. Ice isn’t pulling away from shore yet. Stopped at the Borden access and walked out a bit, kicked myself for not bringing the fishing equipment, easy travel out there. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
leech~~

Was out on the lake today. Easy 24-26" inches of hard ice yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
On 4/21/2018 at 7:48 PM, leech~~ said:

Was out on the lake today. Easy 24-26" inches of hard ice yet.

I see this is an ice report but not I caught fish report!!:crazy::grin:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
leech~~
2 hours ago, smurfy said:

I see this is an ice report but not I caught fish report!!:crazy::grin:

Trying to stay on Topic from what I read. Ice out by opener.......so

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kettle

For those interested in current conditions Red Door has a webcam and the north end typically goes the fastest or at least that is what it seems.  I'm all for a late ice out, similar to 2013 when the last really good year class of walleye were produced.

 

Kettle

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • Rick
      By Rick
      2020 Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports - CLICK HERE
      Click Above for 2020 Fishing Reports↑↑↑↑
      2009 - 2020 Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Reports are below ↓↓↓↓ (Over 100 pages of 25 posts per page).
      Go ahead and post Mille Lacs Lake fishing reports and conditions in this thread.
       
      Lot's of good info below already. Newer Reports are on pages that follow.
       
      Be sure to give back and share your fishing reports here as well.
       
      Thanks.
    • MN BassFisher
      By MN BassFisher
      @bassfshin24 and I snuck up to Mille Lacs for 2 days of fishing recently. We were targeting Walleye near shallow structure in the low light hours and bumping out a bit deeper during mid-day. The first day was slow for us but we found more action on Day 2 including my 2nd biggest Walleye through the ice. I also caught my first tagged Walleye! Pay attention for my slip and fall...
       
       
       
    • MN BassFisher
      By MN BassFisher
      My buddy Tony (@bassfshin24) and I hit the road after Christmas to go and chase some Walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake. We had plans to fish shallow structure during the low light hours and then head out to deeper structure during the day using an ATV. Day 1 the temps had warmed up some from the recent negative temps but we were surprised to find a very slow bite. The slow day was topped off by some ATV problems which left us scratching our heads on what to do for Day 2. As it turned out our options were minimal so we decided to pull out on the lake by hand to some shallow structure. It was -15 when we hit the lake but we were greeted by a bunch of hungry Walleye!
       
    • RiverChuckNorris
      By RiverChuckNorris
      My first foray into tv land.  Grant invited me to co-host an early ice episode on Mille Lacs last week.  We showed up like any weekend warrior with no intel and proceeded to try to figure the lake out.
      This is just the teaser.  The full episode will air in January and then be available on Superior Angling's YouTube channel.
      Give it a share/like if you enjoy it.  Thanks in advance!
    • Borch
      By Borch
      I drove by pleasant lake tonight near Rockville and it was about 90% open,  With this wind and rain coming I'm sure many will be ice free by the end of this weekend again.  Anyone else seeing any lakes open up?
    • ESSGuy
      By ESSGuy
      Who's on the lake now? I'm on Graveyard reef now in my skid house. Has been very slow so far. Waiting for the hot bite to kick in. 27fow by the way..
    • MN Fishing Guy
      By MN Fishing Guy
      Got on the west side yesterday from 10 till 3.  Smallmouth were snapping in 15 - 17 FOW on green tubes with red flakes.  Three 20 inch plus footballs. 20 fish total.  Two came up barfing out crawfish.  Had two incidental google eyes 14 and 15 inches.  All the fish were extremely fat and well fed.  Great day on the water, very few boats.  Shout out to Terry's, great place to launch and close to the action! 
    • Jim Almquist
      By Jim Almquist
      Anybody get out this weekend and have some success? Wanted to hit Superior but the wind and temps kept me home,
    • JLeeds
      By JLeeds
      Is the ice out yet on Big Stone? Looking to put the boat in the water tomorrow.
    • Stick in Mud
      By Stick in Mud
      It's shaping up to be a very good year on the Big Pond....Lots of people are catching lots of fish.  Let's start a new thread to share some tips, tricks, and photos.  
      The talk I'm hearing is that there are lots of fish out deep, but most of them are shorties.  Fewer fish up shallow, but a better chance at catching some bigger ones.  So shallow I went.  Plus, pulling a 100 lb. sled and auger made the decision a little easier, too. 
      I set up Stick in Mud the Elder in Secret Spot #3 in about 7 ft of water.  I hole hopped outside in depths ranging from 7 to 14 ft. It took us maybe 10 minutes to get our first fish, and throughout the next two hours we ended up catching six more.  Nothing crazy like the reports/photos I'm seeing/hearing from others, but we got two keepers and one big girl.  My buddy caught 16 last night--and sent me a photo of every single one of them--but only one of them was over 18''.  Of our seven, two were about 19'' and the big one was about 25'', give or take a bit.   
      It's time to get out on the ice.
       
       

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Resplendent
      I plan to lake fishing next week too, hope the weather will be nice by that time.
    • Wanderer
      Did you have much for floating weeds or moss in the stretch you were fishing?  I’ve had lots this year, the same as last.  Been enough of a pain I’ve quit fishing it.   Always love the vids!
    • tacklejunkie
      I haven't seen any reports locally this year. The other forums all have updated reports. 
    • monstermoose78
      I can’t find varmint loads any where, Any help? 
    • Muskies
      Here’s a picture of the water...6 feet deep off my dock...very clear right now
    • Bryan P
      Got out on Fathers day with the Kayak down the Mississippi River for some good ole Smallmouth Bass action. River was low which made a great float and the smallies were hungry! They just couldn't resist the wacky worm once again. We have such an amazing fishery here in MN, glad to call this state home.  Enjoy.     
    • smalljaw
      Great smallmouth photos!  I feel better now.
    • Muskies
      Thanks for sharing...I was lucky enough to grow up on sand bay. As for muskies, I’ve caught a few smaller ones. The picture is of the lake today...it was a nice day but work needed to get done...no fishing
    • bfisherman11
      Getting closer for me. We will be up on 7/25. If you guys see a red Lowe FM 165 (Fishing Machine) w/90HP Merc, that will most likely be me.  We stay at Idlewood so with no CA this year I suspect we will be traveling east a lot. I know by then Black Bay is "supposed" to be done but I manage a few eyes in there this week. I just like fishing that area, I fished it a lot years ago with my dad. There are big pike everywhere so I will hit a few spots that week.  The reef's I like best for eyes are mostly all east.   The way the border looks I don't think Smalljaw will get to see his cabin in CA this year. That really stinks! Years ago I wished for a cabin on an island on Rainy, that is still a fantasy I guess. I wouldn't be too happy if I finally had my cabin and I couldn't visit it.   I am retiring this summer if things line up right. After this trip with my wife I might try to get my dad back up onto Rainy if I can figure it out. He is 83 and in decent shape except a bad back. My mom is our concern, she has dementia and needs watching, so far my dad is her full time caregiver. My dad started taking me to Rainy when I was in my early teens so I owe him. I know there may be better places to fish but Rainy just keeps me coming back.   Muskies, I really enjoy you posting. Oh, have you ever caught a musky on Rainy? I have not that I recall.   Thanks for letting ramble on your thread.   Bill    
    • Wanderer
      @ozzie I’ve been wanting to get on some whiteys for a while and have talked about hitting the chain for some time.  Just might have to try that tip now that I have an honest fishing boat again.   Or let me know if you have an open seat sometime or want to jump in with me. 😁
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.