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Alright, so people say that the the bite for eyes on mille lacs is the best its been in like 12 years or something. Its a lot of fun but its gets old throwing back fish after fish after fish. The slot should be lengthened to 16.5 inches, Then I would go home with a limit everytime. It seems all people care about are those walleyes just cause they taste the best. So why not hit up some other fish that are equally challenging but yet a bit more exciting. I was up there today and had a blast catching them. A 18 inch small mouth fights harder than a 26 inch walleye. Anybody been after them this year?

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Great post!! I have been thinking about trying to catch some smallies, but I really don't have any idea on where to start. I have only fished for them on the Mississippi. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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The Southeast side of Mille lacs from Big Point to Cove contain many great smallie areas. If it has rocks and sand/rubble nearby, it very likely contains smallies. Don't be afraid to explore sand/rubble areas for rocks.

Depths can be from 1' to 8' of water. The 5" mega Tube jig in Pumpkin Seed can be very effective. You can find many in the 20" plus class in this area of the lake and they are a blast to catch.

Don't be afraid to run Lil' Rascal cranks past them as well as other soft plastics (Fish Candy) and Fingerlings.

To see more about this highly effective line-up Click here

Have fun going after those huge smallies, I know I have.

PS. As the water warms look for them a bit deeper in the same general areas and don't be afraid to toss Spinner Baits and Ghost Shad cranks.

PPS. These fish love to feed on the abundant rusty crayfish population.

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I agree too! Heading up for a 3 day weekend Friday... would like to tie into some smallies myself!

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I was up there last week for the wave wackers. I talked to a kid that has a cabin on the south end. He said he'd been out for the smallies and really pounded them in the shallow rocks on tube jigs. Many nice ones.

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I am a proponent of the slot limit for this reason: The few ruin it for the many. For those of us that drive in for the day from the cities it becomes an expensive trip and taking some fish home to eat would be nice (even thought it then runs about $100 per pound).

Unfortunately, there are many people (not all) that either live on the lake, or are retired and fish daily, that can easily take advantage of the rules. How many times have you heard of a cabin owner on the lake catching their limit, dropping it off at the cabin, and going out for more? Too many.

Result: Supply of fish goes down again and we stop driving to Mille Lacs because the fishing sucks!!

If I could make one change I would say that the 1 over 28" should be reduced to 1 over 24". I have yet to go out this year and not catch at least a 24" walleye. Put one of those with a couple slots and you will have a meal. That's all anyone needs.

I feel for the resorts if they are hurting. But many people, including myself, are going to Mille Lacs more than ever. So is it true they are losing busines?? Dunno.

Finally, FISHING IS A SPORT, NOT A MEANS OF SURVIVAL. Walleye at the supermarket is a hell of a lot cheaper.

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nothin is a secret on mille lacs, so I'll tell my story. I went out isle, and headed north going in and out of the bays. My buddy and I were using great big salt tubes. He used craw and I used white. The white out did craw 2:1,(maybe it was technique tongue.gif) We did very well. We tried some beetle spins and road runners but didn't do as well. I noticed that they were mainly in light rush, or on the bottom of small drops in the shallow water. Don't be afraid to go inside the buoys. Sorry it takes me so long to post lately. Work is really slowing me down.

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    • Parmer
      It's a small lake. Have ice fished out there in the winter. There is some decent crappies out there.  Never fished in the summer time. I want to say max depth is 25-30.  
    • eyeguy 54
      yep, lotta lead on the sippi from this guy. LOL  sometimes I do a simple drop shot setup. tie a #4 hook on and leave about a foot or less of line. then just pinch the split shot on bottom and jig away. didnt have to tie on so many hooks.  
    • MinnowBuckets
      Nice report! Glad to see there are others still getting out on the river too. I need to get simpler in my presentation and use the fathead/split shot technique more often. I can’t afford to lose 3 swimbaits or rapalas each time out. 😭
    • eyeguy 54
      dont talk yourself out of it. might hit a couple spots again this coming week for fun. Over the years I have had off and on luck till thanksgiving time. Couple pics from this fall.  I just like a fathead on 1/8 oz jig or a plain hook with a split shot. Quite the battle when the 28 inch northern tried to eat the bass. It got stuck on the jig so reeled them both in. Ran into the current two times. Fight city. LOL 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Yeah, I’ve thought of ice fishing below some of the dams in the area, but I always end up talking myself out of it. 
    • Stick in Mud
      I've been doing OK, too.  I dunno how long the bite last. In the old days when we had real, manly winters, we'd whack 'em through the ice down below the Sartell dam, so I imagine they'll keep biting as long as we're willing to tough it out. 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Thanks guys! I wonder how much longer the bite will last with the cold temps this fall. The water is already extremely cold for this time of year. Anyone else have any reports?
    • eyeguy 54
      nice job!  gotta love the fall bite on the sippi. 
    • JeremyCampbell
      Awesome catch MinnowBuckets!!😎
    • tfin
      So Gimruis has a problem with meat hunters on the lake.  Then he should be promoting the use of cameras instead of guns when out hunting birds or animals.  If you want to fish for sport and look down on those that fish for food then go get a hand held fishing game and sit on the shore.  Believing something is the truth doesn't mean that it is.  You can say the lake isn't mismanaged all you want and that the surveys work because the people using them have advanced degrees.  I work for people in construction that have degrees but don't know crap about what actually happens on a construction site.  The worst thing to happen to electricians is schools putting out project management courses.  Now instead of people with practical knowledge running jobs we have people schooled in theory with big ideas and egos to match.  You Gimruis seem to be the same.  Saying that people shouldn't fish for food and saying they are the problem is insanity.  You have no place in this conversation.