The walleye bite on Mille Lacs Lake was going really strong over the weekend. There was a great nighttime bite and walleyes were also biting well throughout the day.
Most walleyes came in that eight to fifteen-foot range. During the night bite trolling Smithwick Lures Perfect ten Rogues were the ticket.
During the daytime bite, casting a jig and a minnow, VMC hair jigs, or a jig and plastic was what produce fish. Those daytime walleyes are going to be a bit deeper than your night or primetime fish.
Side imaging is the key to finding these fish. Drive around and scan for little pods of fish. Once you find them mark the school with a waypoint and then circle back and cast at them. That is what we have been doing to during the day.
On Mille Lacs lake Smallmouth bass have started to transition on to their spawning beds. Drop shots or a jig with a crawfish imitation are going to be your best baits for those fish.
You will still be able to find a good amount of smallmouth that aren’t on beds yet. You will want to fish right outside their spawning areas with jerk baits, hair jigs and ned rigs for the best results.
The crappies are up in the shallow reeds spawning and should be wrapping up shortly. Small jigs under floats is probably the best way to target these panfish.
Another option on Mille Lacs right now is carp. Back in the shallow bays on the south side of the lake carp are schooling up in anticipation for their spawn. Crawlers, corn, and other dough baits placed on the bottom is the best way to target them.
If you guys are looking to get out fishing this summer you can reach me by my cell or through my website. Good luck and tight lines!
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