You can still fish Mille Lacs during the closure from July 1-15. You just can't specifically target a walleye or use live bait. There's plenty of smallmouth bass and pike in the lake that you can target with artificial lures and you might get lucky with a muskie.
The wind can be an issue out there though. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, try the Rum River. There is an access in Kathio State Park that would work well for a kayak. You could go upstream and downstream from there too. I think you will need to purchase a daily pass to use that access in the park (it might be like 5 bucks). I haven't fished there in years but I fish the Rum River further downstream every season and the fishing in there is fantastic during midsummer.
The water is starting to slowly go down. From what I can tell it looks like it’s down about 5-6 inches. The wind was terrible over the weekend though. I’m sure many properties suffered damages with Sundays winds. Things are finally starting to head in the right direction but it’s going to take a very long time for things to get back to even somewhat normal.
Any other info about VC? Got kid and and fam coming up. Been a couple years but really liked it.
Reviews on line still good. Did Mark just hit on a bad night or has it gone down?
Being on west not a place we go often.
Going up to visit family at Mille lacs 4th of July weekend. Given the current fishing restrictions and the fact that I don’t have a boat, does anyone know any good shore/kayak fishing lakes in the Mille lacs area?
Spent yesterday afternoon wading the upper croix. Water actually seemed a little low. There was lots of floating grass, so my traditional approach of using a fire tiger jointed rapala was unusable. Tried a whopper plopper for a bit, which avoided floating grass better, but I just didn’t have confidence in using it. So since it seemed like the crayfish outnumbered the rocks, I decided to use a weightless Texas rigged plastic craw. Caught 3 smallies, and a pike.
Here's the actual water level as of Saturday, 6-25. It has dropped some but still is 4 feet above the rule curve. This is updated daily; it's just too early in the day for Sunday's data to be posted. You can check it yourself here: