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Well I know many of us do not get to make it up as much as we would like so I thought I would mention what I have seen so far this fall.

The fishing still has the feel of mid September numbers. Many good night guys have been goose egged or come back with just a few fish which have been running on the short side. This week should remain half-way decent, but closer to week end we will likely experience the lull for about 2 weeks as we make our way to the darker phases. I am still trying to pin down a good bite which has me pretty frustrated, but am confident we can still pull out a good fall season we just need to get rolling and fast! The wind has really been bucking all fall and between that and equiptment failures not much has gone right so far this fall. With a little luck and less wind hopefully we can get something going before its too late. Today is the 4th and if I can't get some things figured out by the weekend I will offically start getting worried.

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At one time I posted on here all the time, but lost my user name and password and have been too lazy to post. Figured it was time to start posting again as I have been fishing Mille Lacs every weekend. Fished Friday from 6:00pm-3:00am and froze my butt off. Caught 4 fish a 24", 21.5", 20" and 15", the guy I was fishing with did not catch anything. All fish came from a small rapala firetiger deep diver. All fish were caught in 13'-18' of water. Please continue to post your reports as I would like to put together a good bite this fall. If this slow bite continue I am going to be forced to run to the Rainy River as opposed to Mille Lacs. One other note, the 24" came at 6:30pm, then nothing till 11:00pm.

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We were on the lake Saturday night from 7:00PM to midnight and ended up with the first skunk of the season. Fished Center Bar and the shoreline along Fr. Hennepin Park. Never saw another boat catch a fish, either. Pulled #5 and #7 deep diver shad raps in 10-16 FOW, fire tiger and perch patterns. Switched to shallow runners in perch and chartreuse and trolled up on the 4-8' depths. Finally tried jointed floaters in blue/white and fire tiger patterns. The usual good producing spots did nothing this weekend. There's always next Saturday.

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Put together a few things last night, I think the fish are starting to arrive at there typical spots. They are not stacked up yet, but there are fish on each of the spots. Still missing from the party are the usual suspects though and that has me a little worried. Anybody else have a update on the bite?

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bigeyes, did you get a temp reading on some of your spots? Did the temp vary much? I hear you on the weather, not to worry though because I know you will be there when it all comes together.

Did you get your pops motor going?

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