The fishing has been on fire on Mille Lacs Lake this month.  Walleye and Bass are biting just about everywhere on the lake. This last week we started to see the May Fly hatches which aren’t always fun to deal with but it is a good sign for the lake.

Here are some fishing reports from around the BIG Lake:

Brad Hawthorne Guide Service – We’re kinda in a holding pattern and that’s a good thing! Smallmouth are running in that 3-18ft. Most of the fish in the shallow stuff are 10-16 inches. With the odd quatch showing up every so often. The 6-12ft range is holding the larger fish. My bait of choice this week is still the Northland Tackle’s Swimbait 4.5 inch in silver shiner or smelt and rigged with green or black 1/4-3/8 long shank jig head. On overcast days pop on the chartreuse or orange in the same length. A slow, steady retrieve, or simply dragging behind the boat works very well.

Walleye, it’s this easy. Find a flat, rock pile, reef, sand break, etc in 18-28ft and don’t use the kitchen sink as bait and you’ll do just fine.

Fisher’s ResortWalleye Report– Believe it or not the bite has picked up over this past week. The bite was good before, and now it is crazy good. You can fish virtually any structure, and catch walleye out here. The flats were a little slower earlier, but now they have seemed to really turn on this past week. Rigging with a leech or crawler have been good out there, or slip bobber fishing. Slip bobber fishing, casting plastics, or trolling with crankbaits off the rocks have been productive as well. We did have the midges move out, but the may flies did hatch some this week. The hatch doesn’t seem as intense as the midge hatch was. It is defiantly nice to see them though, these fish could use a little food. Water temp= 65 degrees.

Smallmouth Report- This past week we have also seen an increase in the smallmouth activity. Tubes and swimbaits are the way to go.  Cast in rock areas from 6-10ft. Places like Agate reef and around Big Point have been holding fish, you can also catch them right out front here in our corner.

Northern Pike Report- The weed lines have just started to pop-up and are starting to attract the pike. A few people have tested the waters trolling this past week and did manage to boat a few of them. We will be sure to keep you posted when they really turn on, which is typically in July.

Lundeen’s Tackle Castle – If you haven’t been to Mille Lacs yet this season, come now.  Walleye action continues to make headlines all over the place – locally, regionally and even well outside our traditional markets. Folks continue to enjoy the best walleye fishing we’ve had in years… some say the best ever! We’re seeing fish shallow, deep, on rocks, gravel, mud, weeds, windy days, calm, morning, evening… it doesn’t seem to matter. If you have a boat that will take you out on the water, you’ll surely have your best chance ANYWHERE in Minnesota to catch a walleye – and probably a BIG one at that! Leeches are the top bait, followed closely by crawlers. Some of the better spots include Indian Point, 4-mile gravel, Garrison Reef and Sherman’s Flat. We’ve seen the post-spawn smallmouth bite pick up a little better this week – nearly all of these fish have left the beds and made their way out toward their summer haunts. We’re seeing decent numbers of smallies in 9-14 feet on the rock piles. 3-inch tubes and grubs have been good in browns and greens. A “slow” approach works best. Northern action is slow by historical standards. Usually by the 23 of June, the water temperature is established in the low 70’s – this year, we’re still bobbin’ around the mid to high 60’s. Even those couple of degrees can make a difference. Most of the fish that have been taken so far have been on live suckers in 7-12 feet. Muskie activity is slow.