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Future of Mille Lacs?


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I don't want to re-start a bashing forum, but thoughts on the future. On Saturday, we took a 7 mile run from the NE sand to Garrison. The lake was flat. For almost the whole run, we had bait fish splashing the surface as our boat went by. The sheer quantity of baitfish was astounding, millions (probably billions) of fish, as far as we could see!

Think of the last 3 years of the lake:
2 years ago - Good for walleyes, fall & winter great.
1 year ago - Boats everywhere, 3 million pounds of walleyes caught. Fall & winter, not good.
This year - Started OK, now there are no boats and no walleyes caught.

Is this what we are going to have to get use to? Feast or famine. All 5 pounders (now) or all 12 inch fish (in a couple of years??).
Will the lake always over-compensate? Or are the last couple of years a fluke?

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TEN POUNDERS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE!!! Hopefully not floating on top.

Good luck and see ya in two week. Wedding next weekend. I understand the night bite is on. 60+ fish trolling #13 rap's?


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This has been a more typical year for the lake. There was the good fishing in the spring, a slow down in the summer, and now the fishing will only get better until it ices up. Baitfish dictate the bite on many bodies of water including Mille Lacs. The cycles are usually not as drastic as it has been the last few years, but there was two years of poor hatches and then two years of amazing hatches. The walleyes will be big and fat and there will be awesome perch fishing in the near future.

Minnesota, the land of 10,000 fishing trips....

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