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Iceman73

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I am planning on going up on Labor Day in the am and fishing for the day, is there any place that would offer me a decent chance of catching fish? If so, what's the presentation? Thanks for any help.

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There are still walleye to be caught on Mille Lacs. I fished a tournament this weekend on the big pond and the bite was tough but it certainly wasn't bad. We only caught 2 slot fish but there are still lots of nice fish, you just have to work for them. There are a lot of YOY perch and they seem to be giving the walleye all they want to eat. My suggestion would be to start looking shallower for fish, especially if you are after slot fish. The fish are really spread out in the lake right now so some shallow structure will give you an area to focus on. The nice thing is you won't have to fight the crowds. The only ones on the lake this weekend seemed to be tournament fisherman.Scott Steil

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Hey Scott, what was the top three weighing in at this weekend? Big Fish? One day tourney or two? Thanks for the info.

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It was the MTT, 2 day on Mille Lacs this weekend. Top weight was 3.33, 3 slot fish. There were no big fish brought in, several up to 27.5 were caught but none over 28. Saturday there were only 7 slot fish brought in and Sunday there were only 12. Everyone felt the bite was very tough, but there were fish to be had. We weighed two Slots and I lost two others that would have been very close. Other then that we had one under and probably 12 over.Scott Steil

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Thanks for the responses. We will be launching out of either Garrison or the access just north of the casino. I'm not as concerned with slot fish as catching some nice ones. I am bringing the wife on the big lake for the first time and I'd like to try and get her a bigun'. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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