2016 Mille Lacs Fishing Opener

There was good success found for the anglers who braved Mille Lacs this weekend despite the cold, wind, and regulations. The south and southeast ends of the lake were a rough ride with wind pushing waves across the big lake. Chilly temps, morning flurries, and gusts of up to 15 miles an hour didn’t daunt all anglers though. Despite conditions anglers found hefty amounts of willing takers in the fish department.

Walleye were found on the west and north sides of the lake with shiner minnows and a jig. Leeches under a bobber produced fish all day down south with Walleye being caught in all size ranges. There were lots of our 2013 year class present in the 14″-16″ in range which continues to be promising for Mille Lacs future. There were a good amount of larger fish caught too, fish from 22″-28″ reported from both anglers and the guide and launch service.

The Smallmouth Bass bite was good for anglers who were able tuck out of the wind and work shallow structure. Shallow crank baits triggered aggressive strikes and numbers of large healthy fish with plenty of fight.

The weather forecast calls for a warm up these next few days with mild wind which should make for a good start into this years season.

Watch for launch, guide, and lodging specials as the summer progresses!