Opener was better than expected

Most of the Gloomers were predicting no anglers on Mille lacs, and the ones that would show up would be disappointed, WRONG!  We had great loyal opener customers and too many good fishing stories to keep track of. Along with the high number of fish caught there were a few slot fish to keep for the pan.

Most of the rocky areas of the lake put out fish, 12′-22′. Live bait as well as cranks in the evening worked well.
Social media is full of ‪#‎millelacs‬ opener success photos, and we were hearing it right from the anglers.

The Smallmouth that were caught was astounding, the average size of these Bronzebacks seems to be getting bigger all the time.

So if you decided to stay home and avoid Mille lacs this year, you should reconsider and put the big pond back on your list of lakes to have some great action.
“Catching” fish is every anglers goal, keeping fish is lower on the list for many of you. If its ACTION you want, this is the lake. Where else can you have a chance at the “GRAND SLAM” of Minnesota?
Nuff said…
‪#‎DOTHELAKE

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Mille lacs opener 2015

The water temps should be right this year for the north end sand to be a good bet and some of the deeper rocky areas will hold active fish too. The catching this year on Mille lacs will be (IMO) very good, forage at so-so normal levels should make for some great fishing.
The smaller walleyes will have the feed bags on this spring so be extra careful if you are Bobber fishing in the evenings. Use extreme care when unhooking these future keepers, barbless hooks will help in the process. I believe there will be a ton of 10″ to 15″ walleyes that will frustrate some anglers and make a great day on the lake for others.
The 19″-21″ walleyes are out there in greater numbers than the DNR says, (according to us un-informed locals) so a meal of fish is not “off” the table.
We know many of you will make it up for the opener and have a great time on the big lake and we appreciate all of you for that effort.
This season put some pressure on the smallmouth that are ALL over the reefs in huge size and numbers. If you want the kids to have some rip the rod outta your hands action, get up on the rocks and start pitching rubber baits or cranks.
GET ON UP HERE AND ‪#‎DOTHELAKE‬

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Park the DOOM and STOP the GLOOM !!

Mille Lacs isn’t going anywhere, and those visitors and customers that enjoy the time on and around the lake will keep coming. They came up last year, had some fantastic fishing, many beautiful sunsets and memories were created.
Where else can you go in the state and have the chance to catch at least 4 TROPHY FISH in one day? Whatever you are after, Walleye, Smallmouth, Northern or Muskie, all of them are here in good numbers with trophy class fish in each species.
Short of a few missing year classes of walleyes, Mille lacs will CRUSH most of the competing lakes in variety and action.
So for the GLOOMERS out there, only those that keep coming can take home the memories. And for those loyalists that know the secret to Mille Lacs all of us up here say THANKS!
NOW C’MON UP and take home some memories.
‪#‎DOTHELAKE‬

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Perch Extravaganza Prizes

Grand Prizes
PERCH EXTRAVAGANZA 2015
Decisions, Decisions….

perchextravagprizes

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Roads are Open

Roads are open to the Mud!  Roads are open to the Gravel!   The weather is great!
Fishing has been good this season! More reasons to head to Mille lacs.
Don’t forget about the Perch Extravaganza on Saturday, February 21st!  Join us for fun filled day.

perchextrav2015

 

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18″ Of ICE and gettn thicker

18 inches on average is covering Mille lacs lake, and we get thicker every day. Resorts are allowing vehicles of all sizes and wheelhouses are everywhere.
The fishing has been very good, both Walleye and Perch reports are common this winter. Short of the fast cold fronts that slow it down for a short time, this will be one of the best “fishing” winter seasons in years.
Stop in for the latest reports and be sure to stop in at your resort of choice for up to date ICE REPORTS as it can change in minutes. It always pays to be cautious on the Ice, with very little snow the public access’ look appealing for entry on to the lake, USE EXTREME CAUTION when making that decision.

Fish are Biting, GET UP HERE!!

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GET UP HERE !!

Mille lacs is open for business!!
Most resorts are plowing roads, 16″-19″ of ice.
They are allowing vehicle traffic and pulling out houses like crazy.
We have a little snow for banking.
The best part is the fish are biting too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Now, GET UP HERE AND FROLIC

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Ice Season Underway on Mille lacs

Ice season 2014/2015 is underway.

Numerous resorts are allowing vehicles and larger houses are being pulled out onto the ice.
Ice conditions are good with an average 15″ covering the lake. As always we stress to check with the resort before you venture out.
Rattle reels will be jingling this winter on Mille lacs,we have a good population of perch getting to be keeper size and a bright future for the Jumbos.
Walleye action has been very good for many anglers this winter, early ice and no crowds made for hotspots being open and quiet. There are slots coming in the mix with great numbers of smaller walleyes as well as a good batch of large (fun to fight) ones on the prowl for forage.
Call and get your rental house reserved.
It’s gonna be a good winter

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Winter Season Starts Now

Winter season on Mille lacs.
‪#‎DOTHELAKE‬
Resorts are starting to pull privates and some (not all) are allowing vehicles.
The lake locked up good now that we are and will stay below freezing. Cooler temps coming too!
It’s been a good bite this winter and we haven’t had 90% of you up here yet.
Stop in for all your supplies and check out our new “ice fishing” shirts and hoodies.

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Update From Hunters Point

***Ice Report***
With this warm up coming we will hold off pulling any houses till some of our cracks can heal up. No vehicle traffic but we are still open to atvs. We will be open all day Christmas Eve and open up at 3:00 pm on Christmas day. Make sure you join us next Saturday the 27th for our ugly Christmas sweater party!!!

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