Resort reports

Report from Hunters Point
***Ice Update***
Starting tomorrow we will be pulling out houses for anyone who has a four-wheeler. We still have a few cracks out front so before you drive up call us to confirm that there hasn’t been a change of plan. Thanks

Report from Castaways

We are dealing with and bridging a few cracks, one of which is right on the shoreline. We are re-staking roads after the stakes fell down during the warm weather.
If all goes as planned we will start pulling houses Friday sometime to Wilderness, 1 1/4 mile and 1 1/2 mile.
3 mile is on hold pending current cracks

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Report from Macs Twin Bay Resort

Ice update.

We are heading out farther, past Hawkbill Point. We have about 14″, with spots of more ice in some areas.

Driving is good, for trucks up to 1/2 ton and under 10 mph.

We have rental houses open–Sleepers, Day Houses and Spear Houses.

Fishing reports are promising and we are seeing some nice ones!

If you have a private house with us, we’re able to pull to first half of Roads C, E, and F, and onto Road D–in addition to Roads A and B. There are a few cracks limiting us which should heal up with the cold coming. There is little to no banking snow. Please bring up carpeting or plywood to ‘bank’ your house. Cardboard is not preferred:(

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Hows the Ice on Mille lacs?

Q- HOWS THE ICE ?????
A- Cold and hard.

The Ice is fine, we are not losing any, the areas that were good are still good. Monday night we drop back into the teens, this should get the questionable areas good by the end of the week. The resorts are filling up for the earlier than expected start.

OH, ONE MORE THING, The walleyes are slamming baits this year. there are some huge Jumbo perch hitting and plenty of smaller ones to sort through. Northerns are being harvested by both line and stick (spear).

It’s gonna be a GOOD ONE!!
GET UP HERE AND FISH!!

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ICE ICE BABY!!

Mille lacs is ahead of schedule this year.

The entire lake being froze over for more than a week, resorts are scrambling to get the chores done as they will be pulling houses soon. The south end will see some resorts allowing 1/2 ton pick-ups and wheel houses this weekend.
The early ice brought out a  large number of Spearing fanatics. It’s nice to see so much enthusiasm over the sport.
Most angling has been in the bays, northern and perch activity have been good. We expect to see a better perch bite this year with a good population of 10″ fish.
Walleye reports will start to come in this weekend after some anglers hit the big lake with ATV’s, following staked roads from the resorts to the prime time hotspots. This is rare to get out this early and hit some of the good spots before the crowds hit. Look to the mid-depth rocks during the day and try right on top in the evening. No traffic equals shallow walleye bite.
GET UP HERE AND FISH !

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Mille lacs in the fall

Fall patterns are kicking in on Mille lacs!

The Fall color of the leaves this year are incredible in the area, many trees starting to turn a brilliant orange, it will be peaking out in the next week or 2 so get up here and enjoy! #Dotheleaves

Water temps have been falling until this weeks warm-up, temps in the low 60’s and upper 50’s were common. That magical range of 50 to 55 is not far off.

The shallow reefs will be where the action is this fall,
Walleyes will be stacking up near the reefs to take advantage of the baitfish swarms, trolling cranks in the 5′-12′ range in the evening can get even the novice angler some action.

Smallmouth are easy pickings during the day on the reefs, fan cast cranks or sight fish the boulders and tossing rubber baits will both produce some action.

Muskie hunters will be moving closer to the reefs as the fall progresses, the silver monsters will be looking for the tullibees to move in so they can put on the feed bags.

The Mille lacs area is a great place to spend some time outside in the fall weather, and by the looks of the forecast this week and weekend it will be AWESOME!!
#DOTHELAKE

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Does Mille lacs have a Genetics Issue?

Does Mille lacs have a genetically inferior male population?

 

I have a theory about the walleye population (or lack thereof) in Mille lacs. What if through tribal harvest management, we have created a population of inferior males?   After sitting through another meeting about the state of the Mille lacs fishery, listening to the same old data presentation, I have come to the conclusion that “there is no plan”. It’s a wait and see what mother nature hands us next year.  For the past two years, due to late ice-out and low harvest numbers, there has been a dramatic decrease in pressure on Mille lacs. Mother Nature, so far, has been catching up and restoring the forage base to normal conditions. There are some good numbers of the 2013 year class and the 2014 has a good chance.  The DNR has no new data to share or ideas to implement.  I will throw my theory out there. Some facts I base my theory on:

-On average anglers have taken 72% of the harvest, Tribal harvest is about 28% -The anglers harvest takes about 10 months, the Tribal harvest is 2 weeks. – Anglers pressure many areas of the lake during two seasons; Tribal harvest concentrates almost 100% to the shallow rocky spawning grounds. -Tribal catch is as high as 60% male walleyes off theses small areas.

– Number one rule in nature…..the strong survive.

As I compare the situation to other species, Deer, Elk, Salmon, and probably germs, doesn’t it make sense that taking all the aggressive males out of their intended spawning grounds over and over, year after year, will leave us with the leftovers? Male walleyes will come into the spawning grounds in waves for up to 2 weeks. The strongest males will come in first as the weaker ones wait. These aggressive, genetically superior males are in the nets first. The second wave of male walleye comes in and they are harvested second, ETC. Eventually we will be left with either a depleted male population or one that is GENETICALLY INFERIOR.   Solutions? Ideas? How about these

-Create “no fishing” sanctuaries, safe zones for these males. – Netting another time of year, or spread out through the year – increase the mesh size of the nets to allow some males to swim through. – Do not net the same areas every year, how about every three to four. – Implement my Walleye Replacement Program for the Tribes, this keeps all rights to harvest intact, but removes the conflict and labor. It would deliver Walleye to any Elder at least once a month throughout the year.

The first step to fixing Mille lacs will be the DNR acknowledging that netting and disturbing spawning grounds is a factor in this mess(I won’t hold my breath). Steve Johnson

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6-27-14 Fishing Report

Walleye

The mud flats and deeper rocks are producing some fish in about 20-32 ft of water. Fishing in the morning and afternoon using leeches and crawlers on Lindy rigs or spinners. Evening bite move in over shallow rocks and gravel using a slip bobber and a leech.

Smallmouth

Fish about 6-10 ft of water along the shoreline in the weeds or rocks using leeches and plastic grubs.

Northern

Fishing in the bays along the weeds at 12 ft or less using a sucker minnow.

 

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Mille lacs report 5/30/14

The last week or so the weather has been great, sunny and warm. The water temps have improved a lot. I saw temps from 51 to 64 degrees in a two mile area of the lake!
Walleye
The day time bite is in the sand, deeper rocks, transition areas and it has been improving with the progressing season. Lindy rigs raised off the bottom targeting feeding fish with a leech, minnow or crawler. Reports of some really shallow walleyes coming while fishing smallmouth.
Spinners should take off soon as well as the temps warm up the water.
No consistent mud action has been reported, but not a lot of activity in that area to help confirm.
Evening bite has been steady. Traditional presentations, 6 to 12 foot of water, in traditional evening haunts.
Smallmouth
Fishing for smallmouth has been fantastic! People are having a blast catching smallies during the day everywhere. Huge numbers coming from water depths of 3 to 8 foot of water. Plastics, live bait, spinners, jigs, rocks, docks, weed lines, bays and main lake areas have all been producing. Take advantage of this bite while it lasts!
Panfish
The sunny and crappie bite is in full swing on area lakes. Fish 2 to 6 foot of water on the weedy shorelines. Using plastic or live bait under a bobber. Fish the northern bays were the bottom is dark and warmer. Right in the weeds… and sharpen your filet knife and enjoy!
Hope to see you all this weekend … be safe!

(courtesy Hunters Point resort 320-676-3227)

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Opener 2014

Mille lacs Opener 2014
The lake will be ready to go for the anglers this weekend. Ice is harder to find every day and will be gone by the weekend (maybe some shore piles left over).
We open this year with some new direction and liberal regulations on Smallmouth and Northern pike. Some of us agree with the plan to “downsize” the predator population to promote the survival of YOY walleye.
You can fish all night during the opening weekend and then the night-ban is in effect until Dec.1st. (fiscal year end for Mille lacs regs)
There is a population of “keeper” walleyes, 18″-20″ in the lake, the forage population is very high and that will keep some tight lips on the walleyes. Look to the shallower water that will be  warmer, it’s been a looooong winter and the water temps are still chilly.
Shiners may be a good bet this opener but are extremely hard to come by every year (another DNR thank you), so if you can find some buy some, I’m sure our supply will dwindle very quickly.
Everyone is looking forward to some good weather and great times on Mille lacs this year.
DO THE LAKE!!

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Report for March 10, 2014

The thaw has begun with our warm temps.  The lake roads are starting to show signs of water and slush from all the narrow roads with high berms but there is still plenty of ice.  The warms temps and melting snow could help ignite a perch and panfish bite.  Received a few reports of crappies and bluegills in Isle Bay after the NAIFC qualifying tournament this past Sunday with the winning team keeping 14 fish.  Have heard some panfish reports from Cove Bay as well.  Off-road  travel is still difficult with vehicles and ATV so sleds are recommended if you want to get out to no-man’s land.  Some of the other resorts still have roads open for you to give perch fishing a try and the Isle Bay resorts have minimal roads for the crappie/bluegills.

Snowmobile trails are still in good shape and the clubs are still grooming so get up here and enjoy the last of the snowmobile season, you won’t be sorry!

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