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  • Writer's pictureRyan Kelly

Mille Lacs Lake Walleye and Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report (Opener 2023)

Fishing opener is finally here! I have some big expectations for Mille Lacs walleyes this spring. Excellent walleye fishing on early ice is hopefully a good indicator of things to come this season.

When chasing walleyes this spring, some of my best techniques include:

  • Dragging a Lindy rig and spottail shiner on the north end sand.

  • Fishing the evening bite with a slip bobber and leech on near shore rock piles.

  • Casting a paddle tail swim bait on shallow water rock/gravel transitions.

When fishing for pre-spawn smallmouth bass, some of my best techniques include:

  • Paddle tail swim baits fished slowly, near the bottom.

  • Jerk baits in shallow water on a warm day, slow and deep on a cold day.

  • The ned rig, because it always catches fish.

Fish populations appear to be good this year, I believe we are set up for a great season!

Good Luck Fishing!



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