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catchin'whopper

Anyone out there catching smallmouths? I was looking at going on Sunday. Any ideas anyone? Looking to get a few biggies before the ice, dang those fish are fun.

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Walleye One

Isn't the season closed for Smallmouth Bass on Mille Lacs?

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Alphid

The seanson closes for keeping these strong fish on the 15th of Sept. You can still fish for them until the bass season closes, but you have to release them. The reason is because smallmouth tend to school up so tight in hypernaculums, winter holes. If you find these spots habng on, you can clean up the house with catching fish. (These occur mainy on Rivers though) But, at the same time, if you exploit it you could destroy a fishery. You must practice C&R when you are fishing for these fish.

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Alphid

Catchin',
I was fishing for the smallies last weekend and got plenty of fish. I was working Walkon bay and in front of Cove. Key in on the bigger rocks structures and look for break next to them. I am going to be out Sunday also. If you want to meet up prior I would be willing to show you some spots.

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catchin'whopper

Sounds like a hot tip Alphid, thanks. Hybernaculums, sounds like you made it up, but i will go with it. i did get out there yesterday, but instead went out of Cove Bay. Caught a few around the reefs there on tubes but had to fish them extremely slow and dragging across the rocks. lost quite a few jigs in the rocks too, but seemed like they liked them hugging the bottom.

also got out on white bear lake in the cities, and brought up a 50+" muskie while cranking, holy crap, i almost did a load in my pants. That lake has some big ones too.

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Alphid

Catchin',
I didn't make it out smallie fishing yesterday, went out last night to walleye fish. Had a good time. The fish are so fat and hungry. The only problem is standing the cold weather.
50" muckie!! That's huge catchin'
Let me know when and if you are going to make it out on the pond again. We could hook up.

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