The holiday weekend is upon us and we look forward to great fishing, Memorial Day events and family fun!

Fishing has been great on Lake Mille Lacs, with numerous walleye in the 16- to 22-inch class reported. There are even reports of 15-20 fish being caught in an hour! Key locations have been sandy areas in 8-12 feet of water. The best presentation has been a jig and shiner minnow. The largemouth and smallmouth bass season opens this Saturday, May 27th. Many consider Lake Mille Lacs to be the best smallmouth bass fishery in the state, and USA Today recently listed Mille Lacs as one of “America’s best bass fishing lakes and ponds.”  In fact, bass weighing 4-pounds or more are common! On Lake Mille Lacs, the combined possession limit for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass is three, with only one bass over 21-inches allowed. All bass measuring 17- to 21-inches must be immediately released.

Lundeen’s Tackle Castle for 5/25/2017 – A few ugly weather days made for some pretty lonely boat ramps. Those of us who put in our time caught some pretty decent fish – more than most people expected even after all the talk about how good the bite is . Numerous people have remarked about the NUMBER of walleye they catch each trip and how they have “their spots” all to themselves. The north end still has a good daytime bite, as does most any legitimate rock reef around the perimeter. We did see some good daytime fish on the mud flats too (yes, already). Shiners and leeches hold the top spot, with crawlers coming in third. The end is near for the spottail shiners… it was a blast while it lasted! Smallie action has been decent, but is a little behind where we were last year at this time. Most folks would expect to chase the smallies on the beds this time of year, but this year the cool water has kept many of these fish in 8-12 feet. Rest assured, they’ll move in – some of them have moved already, but as of today most of them are still deeper. Toss small tubes or jerkbaits at ’em. The northern bite has been spotty, with most off the fish hitting small suckers in Cove and Wahkon Bay.
The surface temperature is ranging in mid-50’s.
Yes, we still have spottail shiners – yes, the end is in sight.

Fisher’s Resort – reports that even thought the weather was nasty last weekend it didn’t keep the diehards away and their guests still caught nice walleye and smallmouth bass.

Brad Hawthorne’s Guide Service on 5/25/2017  – water temps are 53-56 depending on the area you’re in. Smallmouth are being taken with tubes and jerk-baits. 2.75 inch Northland fatty tubes with 1/8-1/4 inner tube heads are the ticket for the fussy ones or as a throw back lure. The X-raps in #8 are tagging aggressive fish. Best depth is 4-8ft. Walleyes are literally all over, hitting jig and shiner combos and live bait rigs anywhere from 8-30ft. I know that’s a wide depth rage but it’s the truth. Rocks, sand and mud are are holding fish in that depth range.

 

Have a great Holiday weekend and have fun while you #dothelake!