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Musky 1st timer on Mille Lacs


fishing4fun

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I have a bunch of questions about this great lake. We are in the works of planning a musky trip this Sept to Mille Lacs possibly. One of my biggest questions, where do you start. To me Mille Lacs is a big bowl with a bunch of mud flats. I don't know alot about the lake, are there weed beds, is there some rock humps or rocky shore lines to fish. We have fished Lake of the Woods,Leech Lake, and Miltona quite abit and I'm familar with thier structure, is it the same. Is the north better then the south half? I have alot of dump questions, I just don't want to spend 4 days on the water and not have the slightest clue where to go.

Also we are looking for reccomendations on lodging. Nothing fancy, a place where 5-6 guys can Hang out and suck down a few beers when the day is over.

If anyone would like to email me rather than post anything my email is [email protected]

Thanks

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Can anyone suggest a decent place to stay, preferably with a bar or one close to it. So we can eat and enjoy ourselves when the days are done.

Thanks

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Barnacles (north end)and Hunters Point(east side) are nice places to stay and both have a bar with cold brews.

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fishing4fun,

If you check out a lake map, you'll see Mille Lacs is anything but a big bowl. There's lot's of structure,more on the E & SE side. Most any bay will have some weedbeds, some big, some small. Plus plenty of rocky reefs. I think any part of the lake will put you in good muskie water, depends on who you talk to. Get a GOOD lake map from Lakemaster or Reelbottom -- these show 1ft contour lines. Pick a section, fish it and get to know it.

As far as lodging you might check Mille Lacs Lake Resort( I think that's the name) in Isle. Tim Chapman owns it, and he also guides muskies. Good rates but I don't think there's a bar. Isle area puts you in some pretty good water.

rascal

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Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me. Esp Matt and Josh. Your help has been great. Can't wait to meet some fellow FM guys.

What color baits work best for muskies on Mille Lacs? I have to make sure I'm ready.

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My advice on color is always to throw what you have the most confidence in. I think this is as big as anything. But...lots of guys say to throw something with red in it on Mille Lacs. I've done just as well with other colors out there. But plenty of people swear by red.

Aaron

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Don't forget the North side all the way around from Garrison to the NE corner is a good weedline/breakline that has nice weed growth and breaks of into 15-20'. Put the bow in 13' and the stern in 15' and cast your butt off both along side and over those weeds and you will find fish. As far as color I like Dark Red, Light Red, Red, and sometimes I get crazy and use Red with Black. grin.gif

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