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ice fisherman venturing out on open water


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wondering if i can get some pointers on where to summerfish on mille lacs - i ice fish it alot, but usually summer on lake of the woods (its a tough life grin.gif). since the water level is up on mille lacs due to the overabundance of walleye grin.gif i was hoping to do a little fishing out there, just so i can say "i was there". i dont keep any fish during the summer, but id like to hook into some nice size ones. i missed out on "the bite" a couple of years ago and never heard the end of the fishing tales from those who went. i will be coming out of wahkon bay on a professional walleye boat (a pontoon), so hopefully will find somewhere to drift...any pointers for me to catch fish while i catch a farmers tan? remember, im an ice-fisherman by nature so im used to fishing while sleeping, so pointers on where to lazy fish(like drifting or trolling)....

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The Mud Flats have been hot lately but in a pontoon you may want to keep an eye on the wind forcast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also alow yourself plenty of time to get to and from the spots.

Whether you want to troll of cork it both methods can be productive mainly on the edges of the flats. Also corking it on the rocks in the wind or in the evening can be mighty productive for eyes.

Hope this helps and GOOD FISHIN!!!!!!!!!!

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thanks for the info - ill give 'er a try on the mud flats. i do have a drift sock, so maybe ill bring that along.

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We just crushed them on the rocks this weekend.3 guys,3 limits of "keepers" and lots of throw backs.Good luck.

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Yes indeed. We actually bought it together. We wedged the pontoon boat into that lift last fall and hoisted it out of the water. Unfortunately the water came up so much this spring, the pontoon couldn't float with the rising levels. There wasn't much that we could do opening weekend except wait for the water to drop and then assess the damage. It's mainly a garbage hauler so no big loss for a $500 boat/motor.
    • gimruis
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    • Mike89
      Glenn will be jealous!!   🤣👍
    • Kettle
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    • hopper33
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    • PSU
      I realize it's only been 2 days Raven77, but are you continuing to see the level decreasing?  
    • cm012419
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    • Pat McGraw
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    • ReefWhooligan
      You did a lot better than us...  Did you mostly catch them in mornings and evenings or were you able to catch them mid-day also?
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