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Mille Lacs Fall Smallies


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fish'n fool

My boy and I are heading up to the big pond this Friday 8/30/19 to try our luck at some smallie fishing. I haven't been up there In quite a few years and have never been up there to target small mouth bass. I've done quite a bit of research on forums and You Tube to find what I could to help us locate fish. I have a good handle on tackle to use and I know to fish bigger rocks on the SE side of the lake from what I've gathered. I have GPS and lake maps on my Lowrance so that should help. With the weather cooling down I'm wondering if anyone has been fishing recently or has a recommendation on how deep to try and maybe a good area/reef to start our search. Any help at all would greatly be appreciated. Thank you in advance!!

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Go out of Appledoorns and head to the island. Fish the rocks as they drop into deeper water. You can head south toward the bays and do the same.

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They definitely will not be bunched up until late October. Anywhere with rocks will hold fish. Finding the big ones and getting them to bite will be a bit if a challenge as the pressure on them is high. I'd say 14'-20' and I'd fish smaller baits since the water is warm smaller tube or ned rig

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