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Was it just us or did anyone else notice all of the floating tulibees on the west end of the lake? I have also heard about the numerous fish being caught. we only caught three fri night and four on sat night and did not see many caught. fished west end flats. were we in the wrong areas this weekend??

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Beckman

I noticed them, it seems to happen every year when the water warms up. I also noticed quite a few floating perch... but I must have been seeing things since they are extinct in that lake.

I think the bite is slowing down, many people are claiming to be doing very well still, but who knows... It's probably just that nobody wants to admit that they only caught a few walleyes on a trip to Mille Lacs this year.

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Whiskeywalleyes

Hey Rocky.
What flats did you fish?
What Depth? What were you using?
Do you have gps?
If you do have gps post me your email address and i will email you a few gps hot spots.

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Schnauzer

The tullibees, being a cold water species, tend to get hammered by the warm water every year. Floating tullibees on Mille Lacs is a sign of July.

I haven't fished Mille Lacs since 7/7 but will be up there again this Friday and Saturday. I'll be the first to admit I had a definite slowdown on my last trip. Two of us used the same presentations in the same locations to boat 22 walleyes as we had done to catch 80 walleyes (3 anglers) a week earlier. I've reset my expectations to hope for 10 fish per angler per day this weekend compared to my "normal" standard of 20-30 per day earlier in the year.

I think people are still finding active fish and having the big days - it just takes a little more searching and luck compared to earlier in the year. Earlier, you didn't have to be at the right place at the right time to boat a billion walleyes. You just had to be on the lake. So, I think some of the current big reports are legit but I agree some may be a fib by folks not wanting to admit they had a tough go on the big pond. I still can't believe it is considered a "downgrade" to hope for 10 fish per angler!

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We were out on many of the flats last weekend and saw quite a few floaters... After hearing about the walleyes possibly dying off, I was curious. EVERY floater we got close enough to for a good luck was a tulibee....

BTW, fishing was very good on the flats... Pretty much anyone of them... Seemed to do better up on the flat, but caught some on the edge and some in the deeper water outside as well... Noticed they were full of baitfish and also marked clouds of baitfish.... Couldn't tell if they were this years walleyes or perch - they looked like perch, but I know it is hard to tell at that stage...

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Ruegs23

Fished th pond for my first time last friday and had a blast!! We picked up a map with the gps points on it put them into the gps and headed out to shermans flat. 3 guys and we ended up with 18 nice walleyes only one in the lot though. I was hoping to catch a few in the slot but after talking to the people up there we were lucky to have caught one. I had a blast! I have never caught that many big walleyes on one trip. I highly recommend people who don't fish walleyes to often to give it a try because it is not too tough. the fish are there and hungry. We caught most of ours off the flat in 30 ft of water.

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