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JAYSUPNORTH

hey everyone,was wondering if anyone fishes for smallies in winter on mille lacs.since the walleye fishing has been slow i was thinking of trying something different.I know that bass in general are not very active in winter,just wondering what kind of structure should i look for how deep and bait prefrence. thanks JAYSUPNORTH

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Jim W

Might want to check and see if it's legal to target them there smallies this time of year.

Jim W

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Jitterbug

Whats wrong with keeping a smallie?

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JAYSUPNORTH

nothing just dont eat bass, power to ya if you like em

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irvingdog

If you are under the age of 35, then you've probably been fishing within the era of B.A.S.S. and therefore think that not releasing a bass is bad for the soul (I tend to agree) but from what I've been told, smallmouth taste awful. At least there is one thing about them I wouldn't like.... wink.gif

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Pig_sticka

i have heard smallies taste great, i donno who would say they taste bad.
everyone says rock bass taste bad and i actually think they taste aight. to me they dont taste that much different than any other fish. i used to catch them when i was littler and keep them, i dont anymore.

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JAYSUPNORTH

the regulations say that you cant harvest them from them sept 9 2002 till the end of the season so is there special regs on mille lacs that i didnt see

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Jim W

Glad you checked. Wasn't sure if there were special regs for them is all. I love my smallies!!!

Jim W

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JAYSUPNORTH

yes i love smallies to i would never even think of keeping one never caught one through the ice and thought it would be cool see ya jaysupnorth

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TRZ

I have gotten smallies tip-up fishing on the rocks in some of the same places i target in open water.Shequamegon bay can hold huge schools of smallies through the ice, and i have had some of the best days of my life running into them while trout fishing. smallies actually taste very good and would probably be even better out of cold water. and another thing, this must be the 10th time on this site i have seen someone who dosen't know the smallie regs and certainely dosen't fish for them much has tried to tell people that they should know the regs. it is very simple after sept 9, all catch and release. and any serious smallie angler should release most fish anyway!

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Nels

Technically,
It isn't even legal to "target" them since the season is closed. But I guess it is pretty hard to prove intent to "target".

Also, SM Bass taste great! I will eat them on BWCA trips, but nothing over 12"
I even had a friend who refused to try bass like them. I had him taste some walleye, and then some SMBass. He said the walleye didn;t have any flavor, and the bass was sweeter.

Have fun fishing.

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Jitterbug

Nels, the season for smallmouth bass is still open. An angler can target this species but can not harvest any after Sept. 9.

Just a friendly reminder.
Goodluck Jbug

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mpls_ham

Saw a picture last weekend of a fella with a hog smallie he caught the weekend before out of Wilderness.

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Nels

After my last post, I debated in my mind whether or not the way the regulations read amount to a closed season for SM Bass after Sept. 9th.
I decided to call the DNR (651-296-6157).
After listening to a recording for about 10 minutes, a live person came on.
I asked him if it was illegal to target SM Bass right now, since it is after Sept. 9th.
He said Yes, it is illegal because it is a closed season for SM Bass right now, and it is illegal to intentionally target a fish during its closed season.
Perhaps another DNR person might tell you otherwise.

Once the season opens again, I will be up in the BWCA catching(and releasing)the big girls.
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I hope to make it to Mille Lacs as well.

Have fun..
Nels


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JAYSUPNORTH

hey nels that sure is a beauty ever use the fly rod up there? nothing better than a smallie on a popper fly.

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Jim W

TRZ,

Yup, I know nothin' about smallmouth fishing!
Thanks for setting me straight!lol


Jim W

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Jitterbug

I'm not trying to stir the pot here, but the DNR person is wrong. Page 13 of the Minnesota fishing regulations clearly states the season for smallmouth bass. Season runs May 25, 2002 to February 16, 2003 with no harvest of smallmouth bass from September 9, 2002 through the end of the season.

Good Luck JBug

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smellzalilfishee

hey jaysupnorth what ever you do i hope the fishing gods are with you GOOD LUCK!

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TRZ

I have been checked by a CO on mille lacs while smallie fishing after sept. 9, and we said we were after smallies andhe didn't say anything, i also see several guides smallie fishing up there in october, i don't think they would risk anykind of trouble while guiding.

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Nels

I kind of figured that would happen.
Maybe someday all CO's will have the same interpretations...

OK, Maybe not wink.gif

Have fun fishing

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Nels

Obviously it is not that clear to everyone.. even the DNR.

I stated that to the DNR person specifically the way it reads on page 13. He still said that it is a closed season for SM Bass, and hence no targeting.

If it was intended to be catch and release, perhaps they could have written it like they do for stream trout on page 19(2003regs).
Anyways, I guess this is something you could argue in court if you were ever ticketed. I don't want to take that chance.
I guess you could go to the Minnesota State Stautes and read what the definitions for "Open Season", "Closed Season", "Taking" and "Angling" are, but you still could argue either way since there are multiple descriptive words under "Taking".

Oh yeah, did I mention I like to play Devil's Advocate?

Have fun...

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89Bronco

Ah...the good ol' DNR. Everyone has their own opinion. I suspect you spoke with someone who works in an office and never sets foot outside. Nels, you would NOT be taking any chances fishing for smallies. Jitterbug is correct. So is the CO that TRZ met. The season is open from May 25, '02 - Feb. 16, '03. That's the season. You cannot keep any on or after Sept. 9, '02. It's just catch and release after that. But it is clear that the season is until the 16th of Feb. Have fun fishing!

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Nels

I'm sure more CO's would lean toward what you just wrote. I just don't think the Regs. are consistent. Why don't they just specifically use the wording "SM Bass Catch and Release only from Sep9-Feb16" like they do for certain trout seasons, and some of the border waters (see MN-WI St.Croix above Taylor's Falls).
I can't imagine anyone being cited or hauled into court for breaking the "intent-while out of season" law---What would be the proof?
Sure, I could intend to fish for Pike during the closed season, and just say I was intending to catch a monster Crappie.

And JAYSUPNORTH, I've only fished with a flyrod once on the St. Croix. So many techniques... So little time (or money.. or wife's approval)

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TRZ

the regulation signs on mille lacs specifically say the season is catch & release after sept.9, whic is nice. Jim W. i don't know if you are a guide or what but if you are, you really don't know much about smallmouth do you.

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Nels

Glad to hear that it is specifically stated as catch and release.

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