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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…

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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!

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Well, we finally got a few days of cooler weather last week. Geez, it’s been a hot summer!

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Starting Aug. 1, catch-and-release will be applied to walleye after the month of July required live bait restrictions for Mille Lacs Lake.

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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: …

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The White Cap Inn, located north of Isle, held their 17th annual Perch Pounder event on Saturday, March 7, drawing out a crowd.

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As we head into the month of March, open water fishing has just started. That means no more ice fishing, dragging portable shacks around and drilling holes. Here are some options for spring anglers wanting to get out well before the Minnesota inland opener.

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OK, I’ll admit it: panfish have been biting all winter. But since the gamefish season is now closed, it’s a great time to get out and experience some late ice panfish. You can’t beat the weather, and there’s nothing like fresh panfish in the frying pan (and I must say, better them than us). …

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Now that the walleye inland season has closed, it’s time to focus on bluegills and crappies. We are in a transition period now heading into March, and the locations are changing. It takes a lot of hole-hopping to get on some quality March panfish. Here is a primer on locating bluegills throu…

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Well, now that the walleye season is over here in Minnesota (thank goodness for us, we can finally relax a bit), it’s time to think of other species if you want to keep fishing. There’s plenty of hot panfish action in the area, but let’s talk northern pike. On Mille Lacs, the northern season…

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The 37th annual Perch Extravaganza fishing contest was held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Nitti’s Hunters Point Resort. The top ten winning anglers with their poundage can be found below. Owner of the event, Steve Johnson, said the event has grown each of the 32 years he has been involved.

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The annual Fishing for Ducks ice-fishing contest was held Saturday, Feb. 15 on Mille Lacs Lake’s Garrison Bay. A number of prizes were won throughout the day, and the funds raised were put towards Ducks Unlimited. See Wally Finn’s column on page 15 for further details.

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This year’s event took place on Feb. 15 and was supported by more than 250 Ducks Unlimited volunteers. Numerous raffles and more than $100,000 in prizes were featured. Wood duck houses were given to youth, and prizes were awarded for the 100 largest fish caught. Fishing for Ducks also includ…

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Man, fishing has been tough lately. My deep water patterns of early winter have basically dried up, and as we head into mid-winter, things have definitely changed. Gone are the deep water fish that have been feeding on insects and larvae coming from the deep water basins. The biggest issue i…