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Check around the cabbage weeds.....bass fisherman pitchin' jigs around the cabbage have reported several follows, and a few have hooked into 45+ inchers. They seem to be a bit more active now...really turning on. Try the points that pinch off the far west bay...some good cabbage next to a sharp deep breakline....same kinda structure along the east edge of the flats...

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Anderland

AaronC, if you can give us a few more details on what hasn't worked for you regarding baits, depths, time of day, etc. so we can answer accordingly. If we know what you've tried in the past we may be better able to steer you into a more rewarding direction?

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I'm coming to Miltona for this coming weekend and I'm looking for some info on the muskies in this lake. I've fishing it 3-5 times with out a fallow. If some can help me out, I would be very thankful.

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Anderland,I've mainly tried casting the shorelines on the southwest part of the lake, next to a campground, I think. We mainly threw b-tails. I didn't think Miltona was much of a Suick type lake...?
I also have fished Tamarack bay and the point out in front of Bay. My brother and I will be up there for 3 hard days of casting, so hopefully we'll get something to rise. Is this a good night fishing lake? We have fished Leech and the northern part of Lake of The Woods, with decent luck. This is much closer, so it would be nice to find some fish.

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AaronC, thanks for the info. that helps....here's just a few thoughts for what it's worth. I'm not sure what depths you are used to fishing on other waters like Leech and LOTW but Miltona might run a bit deeper than you're used to which can call for a few adjustments. Typically a large percentage of my fishing at this time of year is spent between 14-18+ feet of water out near the weeklines, thus you need baits that get down.

Regarding lure selection, jerkbaits will definitely move fish on Miltona and under normal conditions at this time of year I'd reach for them first, although again because of the depth I prefer the weighted models. It's not that bucktails won't work, I like them in windy or frontal conditions when the fish are more active. When using bucktails, again consider using those in your arsenal that are heavier and run a bit deeper. Another thing I do with bucktails that might seem a bit unorthadox (but works for me) is when you cast out let your bucktail sink for a count of 5 to 8, then give it a rip to get the blade turning to start your retrieve. Obviously this will allow you to run the bucktail deeper on the retrieve. And of course don't forget your deep-diving cranks and there's also been a lot of talk on this board about using large jigs. I think the key is matching your presentation to the depth.

Night fishing on Miltona is a great option. Given the choice during the summer depending on the weather I'll take night fishing over mid-day fishing almost anytime. Although for me the night bite over the last two years has not been as consistent, I'm not sure if it has gotten to be an even later bite or what (anyone else???) but I still like my chances better than mid-day. As for locations, try getting out on some of the mid-lake humps and especially look for the ones that are catching wind.

AC, I'll be out there chunking lures this weekend too so feel free to stop and compare notes. I'll be in a blue/white 17 ft. Crestliner with a 100 hp Mariner (rod holders on the side). Good luck and let us know how it goes....and Ghotierman I'll be sure to stop in over the weekend.

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Thanks for all your help. We will be staying at Tamarack Camp ground. If we run in to each other, We'll be in a Tan/Black Lund 18.5'. w/135 merc. The last time up we ended up staying in our pickup over night, because there wasn't any hotel rooms availible. And waking up to a huge T-storm. This time we are a little more prepared. And with your help maybe we'll put some pictures on the wall.

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Great tips anderland...!

we'll look for you this weekend...if and when i get out of the shop, i'll be with the inlaws on the west end of miltona....got a nephew that is hooked on pike, and my kids got the fever after our BWCA trip.

Thanks...
good luck and good fishing!

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Anderland, thanks for your help with the muskies on Miltona. We ended up only fishing Saturday and Sunday morning. We had to come home early. We did catch a 30.5" fish and also had 4 good fallow. One of the fish was a 45"+ fish. Every single fish was one west end and in the wind. We found were it went from 3 feet to about 25 feet instantly held the muskies. We had a good time other than the rain. Tenting in the rain SUCKS!!!!
We will be back to try this lake again. How is the fishing is October??

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AaronC, I'm glad to hear you guys had some action over the weekend. I was keeping an eye out for you but didn't see you. I was out "hunting" with a friend on Saturday morning (mostly on the west end)and I missed one early but that was it for us. The water was a lot cloudier than usual as I'm sure you saw much of the shallow water weeds were dying. October is a good time to make another trip and generally less fishing pressure. I had a heart-breaker (line-breaker) late last October, so I'll certainly be looking for redemption this October! Anyway, post back before you guys make another trip......and Ghotierman it was good to meet you.

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