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Mille Lacs Fall Fishing Report (Mid September Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Musky)

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Mille Lacs fishing report covers patterns and techniques for smallmouth bass, walleye, and muskie.

Fall is here and it's beginning to cool off. Water temps on the main lake are in the mid sixties.

Starting off with the muskies, my best advice it to continue fishing the deep weed lines until later into the fall. Green cabbage produces fish as long as it exists. Top presentations at this time continue to be bucktails, with glide baits being a personal favorite.

The shallow water walleye bite continues on bobbers. Rocks in six to ten feet have been productive for slot fish. Upcoming techniques will include jigs and minnows, night trolling crank baits, as well as paddle tail swim baits. The evening bobber bite continues on the deep gravel and mud flats.

Wrapping things up with smallmouth, the bite is on! This past week we saw some incredible smallmouth action, on a variety of techniques. My recommendation is to fish the tops of rock or gravel humps on reefs, or to focus on fishing the largest rock structures on the reef. Depths are all over the map, but twelve feet is a good starting point. Old reliables such as ned rigs and swimsuits have been working well, but techniques such as jerbaits, spy baits, and Alabama/Minnesota rigs, have been excellent too.

Good Luck Fishing!

Ryan Kelly

Lagoona Guide Service



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