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Mille Lacs Lake Area Fishing Report

  • Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2161959

    So late in the open water season, It occurred to me that I could use my iPhone 11 as a vlogging device and upload the videos to Youtube as Jim Moynagh does before, during, and after tournaments. So I recorded one vlog, and then the season was over. Yesterday, I went on my first ice-fishing trip of the year, recorded a short recap, and uploaded it to YT. I then did a little research and, got the VN Video Editor app watched a video by the guy that recommended it on how to use it. Then redid the video using the editor. This thread will be my short vlogs. If you are inspired to start making your own log of recapped trips, share your own.

    lindyrig79
    Participant
    Forest Lake / Lake Mille Lacs
    Posts: 3243
    #2162240

    Nice work BP.

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2162537

    Tonight’s Video. Figured out one new element and messed one up, so there is no motion when the video starts on my captions like last time.

    Will probably not be going out tomorrow do to the wind.

    Gregg Gunter
    Participant
    Posts: 366
    #2162605

    Good report. I like your plan of making ice videos. Keep ‘em coming!

    Craig Sery
    Participant
    Bloomington, MN
    Posts: 1036
    #2163292

    I heard guys are fishing pike in Isle bay? Any truth to this? Might head up tomorrow morning

    Gregg Gunter
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    Posts: 366
    #2163296

    Check out Lagoona Guide Service on YouTube. He just posted a report that answers your question and more. Good info

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
    Posts: 7883
    #2163299

    Check out Lagoona Guide Service on YouTube. He just posted a report that answers your question and more. Good info

    I watch this guy’s weekly report almost every week. Its up to date and very accurate.

    Craig Sery
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    Bloomington, MN
    Posts: 1036
    #2163327

    Thanks Gregg! Forgot about his reports

    Craig Sery
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    Bloomington, MN
    Posts: 1036
    #2163348

    Does anyone know how we can access the lake on isle bay now that chapmans is closed? Is there any resort we can go out of? Appreciate any info

    The_Bladepuller
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    South end
    Posts: 568
    #2163377

    Public access but the Thains river might make that dice.
    Lakeview Park.
    Who ever has the old Hunter Winfield resort.
    Assuming you are willing to walk.

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
    Posts: 7883
    #2163463

    Isn’t there an access at the Father Hennepin State Park? I’ve only ever used it during open water season and I think you need a pass. Not sure about winter access there.

    Craig Sery
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    Bloomington, MN
    Posts: 1036
    #2163488

    Castles resort is the only place . Nice guy

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2163568

    Got out Friday morning and hit up two lakes.

    Eelpoutguy
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    Farmington, Outing
    Posts: 7769
    #2163575

    Yeah that is scary when you’re drillin and the ice is crackin.
    Were your holes the first to be punched on the lakes you were on?

    The_Bladepuller
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    South end
    Posts: 568
    #2163618

    Castles is the old HW
    The FH access is very good but you do need a state park pass.

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2163665

    Yeah that is scary when you’re drillin and the ice is crackin.
    Were your holes the first to be punched on the lakes you were on?

    There was one other guy already on the second lake when I got there, and I did walk by a set of holes that was frozen over.

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2164682

    I got out for 3 hours on Tuesday, got 20 crappies, and an injured lower back. It will probably be a while before my next trip happens. I’m not going out again until my back is 100%.

    Netguy
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    Minnetonka
    Posts: 1335
    #2164708

    Enjoying these reports Bass Pundit. I hope your back heals quickly so you can get back at it. Back issues are no fun.

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2166747

    I had to do some shoveling and snow-blowing. Thank goodness my back was in good enough shape that it doesn’t look like I have added to the pain load and regressed. On Tuesday, that was doubtful, but the back felt good enough to give it a shot yesterday and all things considered, I am doing ok. Don’t know when I’ll be ready to head out fishing again, but this is progress.

    Steven M Vaerst
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    Posts: 6
    #2170020

    Hiya!!

    Got out today on the north end out of Red Door… Not much happening today until about an hour before sunset, then started getting some hits. Was trying for walleyes and was a touch disappointed in the size of them…nothing over 13 inches today…not a single fish. That is good news, though….young year classes means hopefully better fishing in the next year to come.

    Was easy to get around out there as much of the snow has been blown away, so there was no slush whatsoever. Couldn’t travel fast as the small drifts that did exist out there kept me watchful as I went.

    Still was nice to be out, temps were decent…just wish it was better fishing overall… I don’t get out there much, so I do what I can…

    Steve

    Aboxy17
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    Posts: 284
    #2170111

    We ended up putting together a nice day. Me and a buddy went up early in the morning and fished 13 hours. We started off on a small gravel hump and started catching walleye right away 12-14 inches. Buddy lost a nice 20+ inch fish. Then it shut down. The amount of big walleye we were marking coming up to our bait and not biting was crazy.

    At about 11 we moved out to the mud and filled the bucket with some nice 10-11 inch perch and good-sized walleye mixed in but no slot fish we were fishing the gravel to mud transition 29-34 feet there did not seem to be as good fishing on top of the flat. The best way to fish was to be very mobile just running down the break and covering water. Again like in the morning we had lots of big marks decently aggressive that were walleye but being pretty finicky.

    At primetime, we moved back up to the gravel where we had some pretty hot action for the rest of the night but like the whole day, we still got denied by a lot of big fish. Fun day caught upwards of 20 walleye biggest at 23 and a bucket of jumbo perch. It was pretty much a ghost town out there yesterday.

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    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 6978
    #2170126

    Nice reports ABoxy and Steven! How much ice were you finding?

    Steven M Vaerst
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    Posts: 6
    #2170241

    I was out to Pantry flat and I would say it was pushing 13 to 14 inches in some spots. Won’t be long and trucks will be out. Did see a couple of trucks on the west side as I headed up 169

    Steven M Vaerst
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    Posts: 6
    #2170245

    I was out to Pantry flat and I would say it was pushing 13 to 14 inches in some spots. Won’t be long and trucks will be out. Did see a couple of trucks on the west side as I headed up 169

    This is where my lack of knowing the lake comes in. I moved around a bit, trying different depths, but I didn’t get out deeper than 30… I’ve not put in the time to know the transitions, and know exactly where to go…

    Nice work out there!!

    Aboxy17
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    Posts: 284
    #2170355

    Nice reports ABoxy and Steven! How much ice were you finding?

    It was interesting I had about 15 inches a half mile from shore. 1 mile from shore on the mud we had 9-10 inches. I also saw trucks and wheelhouses 200 yards from shore on the west side driving up.

    Ripjiggen
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    Posts: 5829
    #2170381

    ^^the bays on the west side are usually first to freeze. Some of the resorts put out there houses out on first break as soon as they can. Been out a couple times now and the bite is better than last couple winters but still takes some work. Plopping down in a spot will only net you a couple of fish during prime time hours. Staying mobile is the key. Still lots of baitfish (perch) in the system. Fish are eating well right now.

    Bass Pundit
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    8m S. of Platte/Sullivan Lakes, Minnesocold
    Posts: 820
    #2170557

    My lower back regressed with the following two snow storms. Finally was pain-free a couple of days ago. Plan to get out sometime next week.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7180
    #2171845

    Was out yesterday out of Garrison with Brad Hawthorne and a group of others. Got out at 630 and had a nice flurry to start the morning and then it died off. I caught five throughout the day with the biggest being a 16 but our group got a 24, 22 and a few 21s. Overall slow, pretty finnicky, but still catching fish during the primetime hours. Red/Gold Tikka Mino got all the bites for me.

    Travel wasn’t as bad as I expected. They weren’t letting full sized trucks out and there were drifts but not horrible drifts. I’d say there was anywhere from 3-8 inches of snow depending on the spot. Ice seemed fairly consistent at 9-12 inches where we were fishing.

    Gregg Gunter
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    Posts: 366
    #2171971

    I’ve always liked Brad Hawthorne on tv. What’s it like fishing with him in person?

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7180
    #2172188

    I’ve always liked Brad Hawthorne on tv. What’s it like fishing with him in person?

    Don’t know him at all personally, but seemed like a funny guy, very dry and abrasive sense of humor, but to be fair it was not a normal guiding trip. It was a bigger group of people out for a media event that he was trying to put on fish so I think he was maybe a little more stressed than a normal trip. Seemed like a good enough guy in general.

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