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Well, the full moon has come and gone, and we are heading into the new moon this weekend. This is the first time in six years anglers can target walleye in the fall. Chilly conditions prevailed earlier in the month, but many walleye anglers did not care and braved the elements. Lately the we… Read more

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I’ve been hearing some positive muskie reports both on the big lake and on Lake Vermilion. From the sounds of last week’s “A tale of two fish” from the big pond, trolling was the ticket for the anglers. They hooked up with two giants and landed one that was estimated to be in the mid-fifty i… Read more

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Messenger contributer Erik Jacobson caught this enormous muskie on Vermilion recently casting a rubber jerk bait in the deep rocks. Read more

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I heard someone say once “if it feels like fall, fish like it’s fall.” Well, it’s definitely feeling like fall! With the water temps going from extreme highs (not that long ago), they are now on the drop. This will key the fish into their first of the fall patterns. Generally, the first cool… Read more

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Josh Wetzstein, owner of Muddy Waters Guide Service out of Red Wing, was out on a guided trip on Mille Lacs the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30. Read more

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The reports vary out there on the big lake for walleye. Since the season re-opened, no one that I’ve heard from is setting the world on fire like in June before the July closure. Some guys are catching a few, but most are struggling trying to figure out what has changed in the last month. An… Read more

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Four-year-old Vivienne Merritt from Minnetonka reeled in this 23-inch walleye with the help of her Papa John. She was trolling a crank bait in Isle Bay but she says the real secret is wearing her Barbie PFD over a colorful tutu! Read more

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It’s on! Well, the second opener on August 1 didn’t exactly come off as a lot of people expected due to the high winds both Saturday and Sunday, but there were some hearty souls out there. The north end of the lake was a lot calmer, and that’s were most people were fishing, unless they were … Read more

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Summertime is crankbait time, and it’s really fun to make the switch from live bait to artificials as we head into the warmer weather time of late July and August. I have become very fond of very small crank baits which are awesome for crappies and walleye. You don’t need a large bait to cat… Read more

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Erik Jacobson caught this northern on a bucktail in the weeds on Sunday night. The giant was 51 inches long. Jacobson also caught a 48-inch an hour and a half later right at dark. It was a good night! Read more

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alleye fishing has been shut down for a few weeks now, and the lake has been pretty quiet overall except for some musky and bass fisherman. And oh, the occasional “perch” fisherman – if you get my drift (wink, wink, nod, nod). But I must say, with this steamy calm weather, we’ve been having … Read more

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Are you looking for a barrage of non-stop questions? How about continuous activity and squirmy fidgeting? How about tangled lines, lost bait, and lots of snacks? Simple. Take an 8-year-old out fishing who thinks he knows everything about fishing and you will have a handful, or should I say a… Read more

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Well, it’s upon us. July 1 marks the day there will be no more intentional fishing for walleye, no live bait except for suckers over 8 inches long for the long toothy critters (northerns), and wax worms for whatever you catch on those. It has been quite a walleye season the last month and a … Read more

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Remember when I said it was walleye madness out there on the big lake last week? Well, Minnesota fisheries chief Brad Parsons confirmed that, saying anglers are averaging .84 fish per hour, and that is 68% over the great bite anglers had last year. And he added – it’s the highest we’ve seen … Read more

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As of this issue, there are 14 days left before the walleye season on Mille Lacs will be closed for the entire month of July. The last time this happened was back in 2017 when it was supposed to close for 21 days in July but then was extended an additional two more weeks into August. What I’… Read more

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Well, the last game fish opener has come and gone – the mighty muskie. With that, some would say that it’s officially summer time. I like the sounds of that. With the average ice out this year, one would have thought the water would have warmed up quicker for an earlier spawn (muskies like w… Read more

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Conservation partners Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance and Simms Fishing Products are proud to announce the creation of a scholarship fund for student anglers. A check for $2,500 was given to Jimmy Bell, vice president and chief operating officer of the student angler organization to be distri… Read more

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Last weekend I decided to take some family and hit the road to some fresh water. I went to visit some distant rellies that swim in Lake Winnibigoshish. It was a nice change of pace. Winni has very similar water clarity and also has some invasive species in it including zebra mussels. So it’s… Read more

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Well, I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend – and had a chance to think about what you’re thankful for during these crazy times! Also, if you didn’t thank a veteran for their service, there’s never a bad time to do that. Read more

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Now that the season is open, it’s time to remind all you angling folks a few things about catch-and-release. I hope you all know by now that Mille Lacs is catch-and-release for walleye (and right now there is a catch-and-release season for bass as well until May 23), so this means you should… Read more

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Well, Opener 2020 is in the books. Of course, after all the beautiful weather we’ve been having, opening day seemed more like late March then early May. It dawned pleasant but cold, and the wind that was blowing steady the previous couple days had momentarily subsided – at least on the west … Read more

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The weekend of May 9-10, as has been predicted, was a busy one for Mille Lacs with anglers out in droves to enjoy the splendor of the local lake. Cars filled the highways, public accesses and resort parking lots while boats dotted the bays. Several representatives of the DNR were able to ver… Read more

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Well, it’s finally here. The much-anticipated official opener of the game fish season is this Saturday, May 9! Now, I’m not as excited as you anglers are because I’m going to be the most popular species on the lake come Saturday. And believe you me, I’m preparing to have a sore lip! After al… Read more

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay-at-home order to May 18 last week and allowed retail businesses to open but with curbside pick up only. Read more

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I am writing this article near the end of April. The number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in Minnesota and neighboring states. I am not sure what the public health rules and regulations are going to be heading into the opening of fishing season in early May, but for sure it will not be bu… Read more

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Man, you should have seen the ice moving last week. It was crazy! Hope everyone is recovering from any damage it might have caused. It was pretty chaotic down here too, but not like the east side, from the sounds of it. While the big lake is warming up, another season did start on April 18: … Read more

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Slip bobbers are probably one of the greatest innovations we have seen in the world of fishing. This mostly solves the issue of using a bobber in deep water which was impossible before the invention of the slip bobber. The slip bobber employs a small knot that connects to your line, and the … Read more

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Assistant Communications Director Kim Pleticha said that the DNR has no intention of postponing the fishing opener, and all seasons will open as planned. Read more

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As we progress into the month of April, probably the best month of the year for crappie action, we look forward to ice-out and getting on the water. Crappies are target number one in April, and here is a primer on what to look for and some tips to help you put more crappies in the bucket. Read more

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Well, winter just doesn’t seem to want to quit. Seems like it was warmer three weeks ago then it is now. But that’s good news for those of you that don’t want to quit ice fishing. There’s plenty of ice out there on the big lake, and the accesses are still solid. Many of the resorts have shut… Read more

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Is fishing necessary travel? Non-fisher people would probably say, “no.” But hardcore anglers would probably beg to differ. Right at this moment there are more and more “stay at home” messages, and in many states, it could possibly become law. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a “stay at ho… Read more

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With the open water fishing season just around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about fishing equipment. There are many new products coming to a sports store near you, and none are more interesting than the new trolling motors that are entering the marketplace this spring. Gar… Read more