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Mille Lacs 1st timer!
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06/30/2017
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Son and I are heading up from Texas the 1st week in August and would love to catch some smallmouth, any advice on how and where to catch them would be greatly appreciated! Recommendation on a good place to stay would be great too! Thanks in advance, Warren

Posted on: 6/30 21:44:20
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Re: Mille Lacs 1st timer!
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My favorite places to stay are Appeldoorns on the east side of the lake and the casino on the west side. The casino is family friendly and also has food options pretty much all night which is a bonus. I don't fish smallies much on Mille Lacs but they should be on the rocks that time of year. The south end of the lake has the most rocks so you might want to focus there. Plastics and drop shot would be a good start. Theres some good videos of this on youtube from last year's classic.

For the first timer, the wind factor on Mille Lacs can't be stressed enough. The lake is very large and relatively shallow so if the wind gets over 10-15mph the waves can get dangerous. Its pretty obvious but if there is a strong wind out of the west, fish the west side of the lake for most manageable conditions.

Posted on: 7/5 13:33:27
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Re: Mille Lacs 1st timer!
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Also, keep an eye on the special regs for Mille Lacs because they are numerous and sometimes confusing: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/millelacs.html . If you want to voice your frustration with these, please pick a thread and join the party. :)

Posted on: 7/5 13:36:42
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Re: Mille Lacs 1st timer!
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From Clear Lake, MN
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I have never stayed on the lake as I live only an hour away, but many people I know have had good experiences at Twin Pines on the west side of the lake, and last year the BASS guys that stayed there all said good things about it as well.

Like mentioned above, look for the smallies on the rocks. Isolated rocks/rock piles seem the best. Tubes, senkos, and neko rigs are some of the really popular/favorite lures up there. Jerkbaits are also a good choice. Tutts Bait and Tackle in Garrison sometimes has reports on their facebook page and is always worth stopping by if your in Garrison. Good Luck and welcome to this awesome fishery!

Posted on: 7/5 19:55:03
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