When planning a trip to Mille Lacs Lake, consider the following tips:
Watch the weather. Because it is a large lake and much of
the fishing is done on midlake structure, pay attention to the forecasted winds.
Mille Lacs is no place to be in high winds. Play it safe and trailer to the
calmer side of the lake if a moderate breeze is predicted.
GPS is a must. Mille
Lacs Lake is a very large body of water with plentiful off-shore structure.
Our Lowrance units guide us to the structure quickly so we can maximize our
Consider hiring a guide. If you are unfamiliar with Mille
Lacs and plan to vacation there, consider hiring a guide on the first day of
your vacation. A guide will be able to show you productive techniques and areas
for the season and conditions. Mille Lacs
guides are in high demand so make reservations today.
Fish the fringes. A flotilla of boats on the shoreline sand
flats or mid-lake mud-flats usually indicates a hot bite. Cash in on the action
but don’t jump right into the middle of a pack. Fish the edges. Less boat
traffic means fish won’t be as spooky.
Spin to Win. Trolling with spinners behind bottom bouncers
is a dynamite technique on Mille Lacs. Rock-Runner®
Slip Bouncers are my favorite weight system for running spinners. Northland
offers many options in terms of spinners.
Spinners paired with juicy crawlers are hot!
Mix it up. One
problem with fishing Mille Lacs is deciding which fish to pursue. Our advice
is to do it all! Walleyes are the primary target but be prepared to slip up
on a rocky point, reef, or shoreline and cast for smallmouth. Slurpies Ringworms
worked slowly over the rocks were hot last season. Might as well throw a Bionic Bucktail Spinner around these same areas and tempt a trophy muskie or pike.
Read the Regs. Be sure to read and understand the Minnesota
regulations and any that specifically apply to Mille Lacs.
Posted on Fri, April 18, 2008
by Sarah Hokuf