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Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Report for Late July Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Muskie

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

This weeks Mille Lacs fishing report covers the current fishing conditions for smallmouth bass, walleye, and musky.

Last week we had a decent cold front push through bringing with it a stiff northwest wind. This week we've experienced a heat wave, as well as the trailing end of major bug hatches and beginning of some small algae blooms. These conditions have made some days on the water a little trickier. Although we have had some tougher days on the water, the morning and evening bite typically make up for it.

The morning and evening smallmouth bite remains good most days, with fish being caught on ned rigs, swimbaits, topwaters, and spybaits. Rock structures containing large rock and boulders in around twelve feet of water are a great starting point for finding mid summer smallies.

The walleye bite remains strong, with a good daytime bite as well. Slipbobbers and leeches fished on the edges of mudflats and gravel bars are a great option during the day. Lindy rigs and leeches are another top choice on the flats. Leadcore will also become a big player over the next couple of months. Small crank baits trolled in the basin produce excellent results during the dog days of summer. Bobbers and leeches continue to boat slots during the evening bite on both the mud and gravel.

Muskie action has been better this season, more follows and more boated fish being reported. Deep cabbage will be the best pattern over the next couple of months. Top lure choices include large double bladed bucktails, topwater, and gluidebaits.

Good Luck Fishing!

Ryan Kelly

Lagoona Guide Service


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