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Trophy? we need the motivation

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I would like to hear some of your guys' thoughts on what Mille Lacs does to the meaning of "trophy fish".
I recently caught the biggest walleye of my life, not to mention the biggest I have ever caught ice fishing (to many of you may not be much, but...). Now this fish didn't even reach 28" (a minimum on ML) it was ~27", I don't consider it a trophy fish, but in other lakes, it would be something special. I took a few pics, gave it a kiss and let him swim away without any thought that this fish could be on my wall- if it was from a different lake of course. There are big walleyes in ML, no doubt. But there are SO many other HUGE fish- of every species. It kinda ups ones personal ante for a trophy once they've spent time on the pond. Just the fish you see muskie fishing in ML makes me weak in the knees. From sumo perch to Football size smallmouth, Gator pike, and the Muskies-- words don't even do justice to those monsters. Many of you know what i'm talking about.

Lets hear some thoughts and stories of those giants, since catching them isn't so easy right now. We could use the motivation to sit out there on the temporarily dead sea.

It sounds bad, but I am starting to daydream about the open water...ahh to cast again...

mMh
make time for a little C&R

[This message has been edited by maniacMuskyhunter (edited 01-29-2003).]

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I think fish become "trophies" when someone catches their personal best. However, you need to ask yourself if it is the best you will ever do? Should you be happy with a picture? Maybe have a graphite replica made?
Personally, I think Minnesota should develop more trophy lakes. Canada does this and people pay thousands of dollars to fish those lakes and not keep anything! Mille Lacs is becoming a trophy lake, not because the goal is to have people catch bigger fish, its set up to limit the poundage leaving the lake. I have been fortunate to have been able to fish with my sons and been able to watch them catch large fish, sm bass to muskies. I would like to see the avg. catch size increase, but that will mean more restrictions or more catch and release.

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    • Parmer
      It's a small lake. Have ice fished out there in the winter. There is some decent crappies out there.  Never fished in the summer time. I want to say max depth is 25-30.  
    • eyeguy 54
      yep, lotta lead on the sippi from this guy. LOL  sometimes I do a simple drop shot setup. tie a #4 hook on and leave about a foot or less of line. then just pinch the split shot on bottom and jig away. didnt have to tie on so many hooks.  
    • MinnowBuckets
      Nice report! Glad to see there are others still getting out on the river too. I need to get simpler in my presentation and use the fathead/split shot technique more often. I can’t afford to lose 3 swimbaits or rapalas each time out. 😭
    • eyeguy 54
      dont talk yourself out of it. might hit a couple spots again this coming week for fun. Over the years I have had off and on luck till thanksgiving time. Couple pics from this fall.  I just like a fathead on 1/8 oz jig or a plain hook with a split shot. Quite the battle when the 28 inch northern tried to eat the bass. It got stuck on the jig so reeled them both in. Ran into the current two times. Fight city. LOL 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Yeah, I’ve thought of ice fishing below some of the dams in the area, but I always end up talking myself out of it. 
    • Stick in Mud
      I've been doing OK, too.  I dunno how long the bite last. In the old days when we had real, manly winters, we'd whack 'em through the ice down below the Sartell dam, so I imagine they'll keep biting as long as we're willing to tough it out. 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Thanks guys! I wonder how much longer the bite will last with the cold temps this fall. The water is already extremely cold for this time of year. Anyone else have any reports?
    • eyeguy 54
      nice job!  gotta love the fall bite on the sippi. 
    • JeremyCampbell
      Awesome catch MinnowBuckets!!😎
    • tfin
      So Gimruis has a problem with meat hunters on the lake.  Then he should be promoting the use of cameras instead of guns when out hunting birds or animals.  If you want to fish for sport and look down on those that fish for food then go get a hand held fishing game and sit on the shore.  Believing something is the truth doesn't mean that it is.  You can say the lake isn't mismanaged all you want and that the surveys work because the people using them have advanced degrees.  I work for people in construction that have degrees but don't know crap about what actually happens on a construction site.  The worst thing to happen to electricians is schools putting out project management courses.  Now instead of people with practical knowledge running jobs we have people schooled in theory with big ideas and egos to match.  You Gimruis seem to be the same.  Saying that people shouldn't fish for food and saying they are the problem is insanity.  You have no place in this conversation.