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.
Fish about 6-10 ft of water along the shoreline in the weeds or rocks using leeches and plastic grubs.
Fishing in the bays along the weeds at 12 ft or less using a sucker minnow.
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!
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 sm…allmouth.
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.
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!
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)
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!!
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!
2014 Perch Extravaganza Top Ten Perch
10. Mark 1.07
9. Nate 1.085
8. Erik 1.14
7. Autum 1.15
6. Andy 1.15
5. Tom 1.16
4. Sara 1.16
3. Dan 1.17
2. Chad 1.22…
1st Rob. 1.34#
A great crowd this year at the PE, despite the cold and consequences of the massive dumping of snow and hurricane wind drifts. The entire Mille lacs community appreciates all of the people that come up and help “celebrate” the Extravaganza. I want to thank my great friends and employees that help make this event happen. Nittis Hunters Point Resort is a first class kick ass resort that hosts the event every year and does a fantastic job. Thanks to all. 2015 PE is sat 2/21/15. It has and always will be the last weekend of the walleye season. Heres to #32 Thank you all. Steve
The wind and snow put a damper on lake travel yesterday, the resorts are getting roads open as fast as they can this morning. The party tent is up and we will be selling buttons until 2pm so if you cant make it for the fishing come up for the drawings.
Perch Extravaganza is a GO!!
We are digging out from the wonderful winter dumping.
The resorts will be working to get roads open and Hunters Point will be clearing as much as possible for wheelers and parking. This last snow blast will make lake travel tuff.
The Friday night party is on too!!
Cmon up for the big one! you don’t have to fish, you can come for the entertainment and the drawing.
Drawing starts at 3 p.m.
Mad Hatter contest at 2:30 p.m.
Weigh in cutoff at 2pm
Lakewide contest, no need to check in, get your button at portside and Hunters point and Prince Bait
PERCH EXTRAVAGANZA 2014
Here is an update on lodging and fish house rentals open for the weekend of the 22nd. These fill quick after we post them.
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Macs twin bay 320-676-8709
6 rentals open
Mcquoids inn 320-676-3535
Very few hotel rooms
Hunters point 320-676-3227
Lybacks ice fishing 320-676-8740
3 Rentals open
Fishermans Wharf 320-676-3693
1 Hotel room
6 Rentals open
Hunter Winfields 320-676-1100
1 Rental open
Brandts ice fishing 320-532-3674
10 Rentals open
Appledorns resort 320-676-8834
2 cabins 1br
1 cabin sleeps 8
2 lakeview suites
Agate bay resort 320-684-2233
5 Rentals open
Hunters point has areas cleared for wheelhouses and the road to the mud is open. The forecast is looking good….almost shorts weather. CMON UP AND PERCH IT!!
Buttons on sale at Portside and Hunters Point, and the new hoodies are in.
Dickies of Liberty beach reports
New road to south 3 mile. To the flats – midget, 9 mile, sliver and boot. North boot had double layer of ice. Should be healed up though by tomorrow.
The 2014 Perch Extravaganza is 2/22/14 Saturday from 8am to 2 pm
Buttons on sale now at Johnsons Portside and Hunters point Resort.
Join us this year and bring the wheelhouse to get in on the Wheelhouse Park Party!
Hunters Point resort will be clearing a large area in approx. 26′ in the mud transition area to set up the wheelhouses.
It’s an area you can fish that is close in or you can park it, drop it, and have some fun. We would like to set a record of the most wheelers in one area or gathering.
We will have bean bag tournaments starting Friday!
The pre-party starts Friday night (get in on the early bird prizes)
The MAD HATTER CONTEST is on Sat at 2:30 Wear you craziest hat and win being the crowd favorite.
The T-SHIRT SHOOTER will be there too. Over 150 shirts to be shot this year.
Drawing starts at 3 pm
MORE GRAND PRIZES!
2 Ice Castle Wheelhouses
2 4×4 ATV’s
Tons of door prizes and free prizes for all kids 12 and under (while they last).
MORE INFO www.perchextravaganza.com Check us out on FACEBOOK!