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fishRman
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:07 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
I like to take a week off every year to chase Smallies. I used to come up to Minnesota but have been going to Wisconsin for the past 15 years of so. I am kind of ready for a change. Where would you go if you were me? I don't want to canoe it cuz my knees aren't what they used to be. Thanks for whatever help you can give me and if you want to email me, that is great too! Thanks again. jmillsp@iowatelecom.net
PS. I have no smallies in SE Iowa to chase!


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:19 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Mille Lacs has been putting out large numbers of smallies. And very large fish as well. A state record over 8lbs has been C&R there on camera a few years back. Also, they are killing them right now on the rocks on the south end with anything in your tackle box, right now.

The resorts, casino, or even motels can all help a bad knee'd dude out. The lake has all the stuff you are probably looking for.

PS Not a lot of bass only fisherman target this lake. Usually, the walleye guys get tired of chasing a tight lipped eye's or battling big waves and head for calmer waters. And then have a blast catching them as a 2nd choice species.

If I had a friend that was a Smallmouth nut job, this is where I would take him!!!
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:26 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Thanks so much!
Mille Lacs was on my short list so glad to have some input from someone that knows the area! So does it usually stay relatively calm in the area the smallies are normally in? One of the reasons I haven't tried that lake yet is because it looks like an ocean to me!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:42 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Yep, it's big, and can be dangerous when the winds pick up. But here's the secret. There is always a shoreline that is very fishable no matter how hard the wind is blowing. And since the lake is so huge, that means there is a huge area to fish.

I was out fishing today. The wind didn't seem too bad driving up. But, we were on the NW flats, a strong breeze out of the SE kicked up. We were in 3-6 ft rollers using a drift sock to keep things slow enough to remain fishable. But the entire South end and most of the east side of the lake was very fishable. That leaves like 40 miles of shoreline and close in rock piles to play with. And that's the prime areas to fish smallies

Just drive to an access on the leeward side(s) of the lake and have a blast. It's really not that scary at all. Usually, during the summer, the big winds come from the south or west, which is good for you. If it's a strong north wind, fishing will probably be bad anyway, and you wouldn't catch much, so why fight it...... But, the rocks by Garrison can still be very good, so there is always some place to fish!! This is how the game is played up there.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:48 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Gotcha! Thanks for the insight! Any recommended facilities to stay at on the lake that may not be booked already?


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:03 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Depends on when you are going.
Are you bringing your own boat?
Pets?
How nice of a place do you want to stay at?
Hiring a guide?

If it were me, I would look for a place on the south end. Somewhere, from Ilse to Cove Bay. Do an internet search, and I'm sure there are a dozen to choose from. There are also camping options if you are looking for a cheaper option. Keep us posted on when you are going so we can keep you up to date with the current bite. The resort business can be real good, or real bad right now with gas and the economy. I'm sure someone will have an opening for you.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:14 AM 06/18/11 (CST)
Ya, I would bring my own boat. Prefer something quite and I know that is hard to find at some resorts these days. Since the wife will be coming along I need something nice. Right now I am thing about the middle of July or the first week of Aug. I know that can't be the best time for smallies but you got to do what you got to do.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:09 PM 06/18/11 (CST)
Hey fishRman,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

You could also try the Mississippi up around the St. Cloud area. A lot of smallies coming out of there.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 05:49 PM 06/18/11 (CST)
Thanks WebDude! I have heard that. Can you navigate with an 18 foot BassTracker in that area?


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 11:40 PM 06/18/11 (CST)
I don't see why not. I've never had my boat out there, but I have been with others who seemed to do okay. Fishing in a boat with a current can be a bit tricky, but the folks I have fished with did pretty good. In some spots, we would set the throttle just right against the current and the boat would remain stationary, which I found a hoot, since I was raised on fishing in lakes.



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