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Can anyone recommend a Muskie guide for Mille Lacs with reasonable prices?
Thanks, Joe

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bigeyes

I don't know Muskieman personally, but his advice has always seemed to be right on and he really seems to know the lake well. He has helped me catch more fish period! He will also give it too you strait, sometimes fishing stories can get a little "inflated" but he seems very reliable. Just my two cents.

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Thanks bigeyes, I get all of my business by word of mouth. I was off the water because when I went to take the hook out of a muskie he deeply shanked me in the hand. Last night a muskie went under the boat and when he came out he had spit the hook and it was caught in his back. The muskie was swimming violently and the guy was holding him back, the lure came out like a bullet and wizzed by my head. The weather pattern has not been the best for muskie fishing and yet they are biting. I predict a great muskie bite in August and September. My boat totally fills with an overflow, that is why I do not advertise.

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Muskieman, sorry to hear about your hand, I have never taken a hook deep, but have had a few close calls. There is only one way to deal with muskie, very carefully, they leave no margin for error. Good to hear you are filling out well, sounds like you are keeping those muskie in-line up there, or atleast most of them! I don't chase any muskie until fall, and even then it is on short-term basis(eye fishing is too good to pass in the fall). Are you getting a chance to chase any eyes lately or are the Muskie keeping you too busy?

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My last walleye trip was Sunday evening and I took them to Blue Jug. On departure I was getting poor reports from fishermen. We did surprisingly well. Biggest was just shy of 28 and average was 23. I am taking a day off work to run new lures, just waiting for the rain to pass. I have some new leaders I want to present to the toothy critters today. I experimented at the tail end of the season last year and they worked great. Gonna run the Wealthwood landing area.

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Muskieman, Caught Kristin a 30" Tiger yesterday. Mike and Kelli showed up and we hooked into 3 more. UIt's a litte early, Whats going on?

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It must have been exciting for her to catch a tiger! We caught a small spotted on Wed, pretty fish. 5 muskies on Wednesday with 10 hits,we got a 49" and a 48". I got skunked on thursday, it was super dead but managed a nice northern. We picked up a 40 inch northern Wednesday with a nice girth. I have Miss Kitty's brothers on Saturday evening. Weather pattern isn't helping the bite. Good luck Duke!

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