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A Smallmouth trip to Mille Lacs turned out to be quite a day. It was slow at first but it warmed up to the upper 80’s in the afternoon, and the bite was on.

Well Mother Nature has finally cooperated and the fishing is getting better every day!

Walleyes are finally coming out of the shallows and getting aggressive in that 14-18 foot depth. Retails while Lindy rigging is working the best but some are still holding shallow so a 1/8 onz gig tipped with a spot tail shimmer pitched into 6-10 feet of water, slowly gigged back to the boat, is also still working. Slip Booner’s with a 1/4 onz jig tipped with a bigger leech in 6-10 feet of water inside the weed edge is also producing some nice Walleyes.

Crappies have been hit and miss since we went from 90 degrees to a high of 60 the next day, but still finding them fairly show 4-8 feet, with a 1/16 onz gig tipped with a crappie minnow.

The Large Mouth Bass fishing is on fire!!! An 1/8 onz gig tipped with a spot tail shinner pitched into the shore line and slowly popped back to the boat, is working great along with a crappie minnow under a bobber pitched in shallow is also working.

Overall fishing has been good this past week. We were out targeting pretty much all of the species from panfish to walleye, to pike and bass. Water temps fluctuated a bit this past week which made especially the walleye bite somewhat temperamental. The best walleye bite has been shallow in 10 feet or less. A jig and shiner has been the best but we caught some fish on plastics, crank baits, hair jigs, and even bobber and leech. Panfish and bass are up in the shallows getting ready to spawn. Dark bottoms bays or down timber have been good locations for panfish. Bass are really bunched up in the shallows as well and you can pretty much pick whatever presentation you like best to catch them. Pike seem to be the deepest fish right now and are located to the weedlines in 9-15 feet. Remember to selective harvest and have fun catching. Contact the baitshop if you would like to book a guide trip.

Fishing opener 2023 is on the books! Beautiful weather , the panfish bite is good in the shallows, the walleye bite was a little sporadic. The water temps are warming with the nice weather, and the fishing should improve. Walleyes were biting on jigs and minnows in 4-12 feet of water. The lowlight periods Over the weekend provided for some decent action. Fun just to be on the water, and even a bonus big smallmouth and musky were caught this weekend!

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