• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
SJU70

Boat Size

Recommended Posts

SJU70

Is there a minimum boat size that you want to be out on Mille Lacs with? Or is it a question of your cojones? I've been thinking about maybe takeing mine out there sometime, i've been out on Green Bay with it, not that I was comfortable all the time, but I've done it. I've heard that ML can get rough...BTW, its an early 80's 18 foot Lund Alaskan with a 70 horse merc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LuciandTim

18 foot is a big boat. You'll see guys fishing anything and everything out there. The only problem with a smaller boat is that you have to let the weather dictate your fishing! Which sucks! But like my grandpa said....he used to go half way across the lake in his ol 14 foot lund grin.gif Its not the size of the boat that matters...its the size of the fish and the amount of fun you are having. But safety does come first.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shack

SJU70,

Read back a couple of pages. Their was a couple of great threads going about boat size. It all depends on your schooling of boat use on big water. I feel a guy with years of boating has a better chance in a 14' boat out on ML, than a person starting year one with a big boat. It is all about how you handle your self and boat that makes the differnce.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rodmaker

There are alot of 16ft boats (even some 14 footers). You just have to "use common since" as far as the wind goes.

I use to have a Lund Rebel 16 years ago. I could get out alot. Sometimes it just takes longer to get to your spot.

I have n Alumacraft Competitor 185 now and can get out almost all the time. But again, "use common Since". No Walleye is worth risking your safety / life!! There will be other days to get on the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FL SNIPER

We fish out of a 10 year old 16 foot lund explorer w/40 horse...we're usually one of the smaller boats out there but do just fine. Sure we might get blown off the lake when its real bad (like last weekend)...but we really don't want to be out there when its like that anyways...we don't hate the fish that bad...we give them a break.

We'll see everyone out there....good luck to everyone this weekend....we're all in this together so keep your sticks on the ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DRH1175

I used to fish it in my 14' for years. Not sure the lake changed just expectations on boats. You would be fine in anything as long as you are resposible. You have a 18' ft boat that is a big boat. Maybe it won't ride as smooth as a deep v but you have more than enough boat to be safe! My 1700 explorer is a dream out there and the previous 16' Crestliner did a great job as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Schnauzer

DRH gives good advice. I grew up with a Cabin on Mille Lacs and back in the 70's I spent plenty of time in a 14.5' boat on the lake. Those were the days before live wells and with the smaller hp, I can remember lots of times where the fish were actually DRY by the time we got back to the dock. It seemed like "living large" when we graduated up to a 16.5' boat with a "massive" 70 hp motor on it. Back in those days there were not many boats bigger than 17' on the Mille Lacs. Now, whenever this subject comes up I have to laugh at the guys saying things like "minimum 18' required".

Watch the weather, realize the waves can get big, be safe, and have fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eastwind

Better to have "Common sense" than a big boat. I started fishing Mille Lacs in '82 in my friend's classic red 16'Lund with a 25 H.P. Johnson. Back then that was the boat that most people fished out of. This one even had the short transom. We spent lots of hours out on Garrison reef fishing in that boat. Even a 14' is fine if you watch the weather.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
WMRWALLEYE

I've fished mille lacs out of my lund rebel 16' with a 40 hp in basically all conditions. its all in how you know how to handle it and common sense.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
minniwinni91

I have a 16ft Alumacraft it works just fine and dandy till the waves hit a about 2.5ft then you start to get wet but I dont travel very far from the cabin in Sunset bay

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rambler51

We're in the same boat! This is my first year on the big pond. What type of wind does it take to get waves up to the 2.5 foot you mentioned? Above the 7-10 mph forcasted for Friday night / Saturday? Thanks, just want to get a picture of what I'll be looking at. Best of luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eastwind

Two and a half foot waves would take more than a 7 to 10 mph wind. That'll just be a nice "Walleye chop".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sparkyaber

I have been thinking of taking my boat up there also. I have a triton fs 190 (bass boat style fish and ski). I have fished many times up there, always in somebody elses boat. What am I to expect with this boat? any tips and pointers? Everyone keeps saying "watch the weather". What exactly does this mean? I have never had this boat in "big" waves. (over 3' footers) Any pointers? Also, this boat sits very low in the water at the transom- I get water over the back just from motoring in reverse.

DSC00740.jpg

DSC00736.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jeepguy

I have a 14 ft I love to fish with. I know this boat extemely well. I am considering bringing it to the big pond, I am just going to watch the wind and try to stay within a mile or two of shore. I have a 25 HP merc on this little rig so I am not really concerned with outrunning the weather(gps shows top speed @ 28 mph). And I just put in a new bilge to get rid of that pesky water. I have had big water experience with it, so it looks like I am going to add to that experience. I will post after the weekend to share how it went.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Schnauzer

I can't speak for others, but for me "watch the weather" means this:

I have a VHS radio and I check the weather now and then throughout the day. I'll give Monday as an example: I was fishing the north sand but I was based out of the south east. The wind was low through most of the day but it started to howl out of the west/northwest later in the day. I listened to the weather and there was a thunderstorm watch. Nothing scary, no audible thunder in the air and no immediate threatening clouds. But, given the long run back to the SE, the huge waves, and a generally hazy sky, I decided to "call it". I pounded my way all the way to the SE and fished some rocks closer to home rather than take any chance.

That to me, is "watching the weather." I was never in any danger but what if a thunderstorm had snuck up on me through that hazy sky and I had an 18 mile run to make through 4' whitecaps?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kyle Sandberg

This is how I predict the wind.

Mile Lacs Winds

I find it very accurate and very helpful. I hope you guys will find a use for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mtheis

That is cool!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tbags

Sparky. My advice is to leave the ski rope at home. I am not sure why they make those silly ski/fish boats. All they are is a ski boat with a trolling motor. Good luck to ya anyways.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Deadeyes44

I'm headed out sat. in my old 16' sea-nymph. I just got a question about the wind. If the wind's comming from the south at 10 mph, how bigs would that make the waves on the north end?? Im just trying to figure out where to launch from that would be best.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sparkyaber

Quote:

Sparky. My advice is to leave the ski rope at home. I am not sure why they make those silly ski/fish boats. All they are is a ski boat with a trolling motor. Good luck to ya anyways.


Different boats for different folks, I guess. If you don't like them, don't buy one. It fits my needs almost perfectly. (Lots of bass fishing.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • TheEyesofanAngler
      Hey there, i'm new to the forum and very passionate about bass fishing! I'm from the saint cloud, MN area and i'm looking for good bass fishing locations? I prefer to fish ponds and lakes and im definitely willing to travel. Anyone willing to share a few spots? 
    • FishandFowl
      Thanks guy's. Good to be back. Sometimes life just keeps you busy. Didn't pulverize it just not ideal connection. Nothing a little Hickory smoke and some Cajun Spices won't cure. Here is a pair a friend of mine and I got a few years back. Lucky day to score 2 Toms in the same morning! Heading out tomorrow for some Walleye's hoping it goes well.   Thanks, Greg
    • Jmnhunter
      i cant narrow it down, just ordered a new regulator  and hose assembly instead; cant find replacement hoses locally anyhow that i could test out
    • SkolVikingsGuy
      Wondering if this coming Memorial Day weekend would be a good weekend to come up or if the fishing is slow?  Would love to have the kids catch some easy walleye if possible.  
    • BobT
      Got a reply from the DNR to my last question, which included a reference to tournaments. She forwarded my question to another and I'm still waiting for that reply. 
    • PSU
      In case anyone is interested. The link says 2017, but inside the link says 2018 https://www.cityautoglasswalleyeclassic.com/copy-of-2017-winners  
    • Rick
      A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  “In the Great Lakes region, West Nile virus has been found in a small number of grouse with no known population-level effects at this point,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Still, we want to let hunters know we’re in the first steps of monitoring the virus, and we’re planning to do some limited testing of birds this fall.” In 2017, West Nile virus was identified in more ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes states than in the past. The virus has been present in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for about 17 years. West Nile virus has been documented in more than 250 species of birds; however, not all birds develop clinical disease from the virus. Corvids (including blue jays and crows) are very prone to illness and death from the virus, while other species may be less so or may not develop symptoms at all. Last year, Michigan had 12 positive cases of West Nile virus in ruffed grouse. Prior to 2017, only one positive ruffed grouse had been found in Michigan, and that was in 2002. The virus was confirmed in one ruffed grouse in the early 2000s in Minnesota, and is yet to have been detected in a Wisconsin ruffed grouse. West Nile virus in ruffed grouse has become a topic of concern because of a recent study in Pennsylvania reporting that the virus may have contributed to population declines in areas of lower-quality habitat or where habitat was scarce. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the early stages of planning to test samples from grouse this fall but at this point there is no evidence that the virus is having a population-level impact in the Great Lakes region. “By monitoring birds at a regional level, we will be able to gain a better understanding of this disease in ruffed grouse,” said Kelly Straka, state wildlife veterinarian with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ruffed grouse are hunted annually by around 300,000 hunters across the three states. Preliminary reports from 2017 hunters were mixed across the Great Lakes region. While the virus could impact brood survival of grouse, other factors such as cold, wet springs during nesting and hatching; drought conditions; or habitat decline can also affect birds seen and harvested. Biologists in the region are optimistic that the great habitat for ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes states will help populations thrive despite the virus. “We are looking to hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to help us in this endeavor,” said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “This is an excellent example of agencies and organizations taking a proactive approach and working together to expand our knowledge about WNV and ruffed grouse.” Recently, the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Health Committee held its annual meeting in Traverse City, Michigan. West Nile virus was one of the topics for state wildlife health leaders. More than 25 wildlife health professionals from 13 Midwestern states and Canada were in attendance. Individual agencies are currently reviewing ways they will be monitoring their grouse populations for West Nile virus, and additional information will be shared when more details are determined. Like humans, wild animals can be exposed to West Nile virus and survive the exposure. Currently, there is no evidence of humans becoming infected by consuming properly cooked birds or by handling birds. Research has shown dogs can be infected but are very resistant to developing clinical signs of the disease and are considered an end host. Ruffed grouse hunting is open in the fall and Minnesota hunting information can be found at mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • TheEyesofanAngler
      what temp is between 55-60 degrees in central minnesota 
    • gimruis
      Isn't that something how they don't recognize the blind as a problem?  I've had turkeys walk literally right next to it too.  Nice bird FishandFowl, hope you didn't pulverize it too bad.
    • Rick
      An angler from Stillwater has set a new record for lake sturgeon in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category.  Jack Burke and fishing buddy Michael Orgas were recently on a lake sturgeon fishing trip to remember. Fishing on the Rainy River in Koochiching County, the duo was having a lot of success fishing for Minnesota’s biggest fish, landing 20 fish in three days including six lake sturgeon over 60 inches before hooking into the new state record – a 73-inch long lake sturgeon. “We had been having some great action and knew there were big fish in the Rainy River,” Burke said. “This particular fish took about 45 minutes to reel in. When we got it closer to the boat it blew some bubbles and came to the top; I knew it was a huge fish!” Burke caught the fish on May 4, around 11 a.m. using a muskie rod supplied by his fishing partner Orgas, with 80-pound braided line rigged with a circle hook and crawlers. The fish measures 73 inches in length and 30 inches in girth. This beats the previous record by 3 inches that was set by two separate anglers who both boated 70-inch fish on the same day in April 2017. There are two kinds of Minnesota state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the other for the length of a caught and released muskellunge, northern pike, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish. The DNR announces new state records in news releases, on social media and on the DNR website. Find current records and guidelines for each type of state record at mndnr.gov/recordfish. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.