Mille Lacs Lake – McQuoid’s Guide Service – Fishing Report

Fishing continues to be good almost all over the lake. No matter which species you are on the water to target, your odds are good!

Walleye – We are currently seeing good amounts of Walleye deep on the south end of the lake. Look for deep gravel structure in 28-30 feet of water. You’ll also find some nice jumbo perch here too! A bobber and a leech or a lindy rig are the go-to. We are very heavy on a healthy population of small walleye right now. Remember to reel these guys up and release slowly! They’ll be our big fish a few years down the road. We are still finding some nice Walleye shallow too, evenings, windy, and over-cast days you’ll find these fish off the reefs and rocks in around 10 feet of water. Not much going on the crank bait bite yet.

Smallies – We are still finding these fish shallow. 10 feet of water or less off reef edges, rocks, and boulders. These fish are aggressively hitting almost anything you throw at them with the action being almost non-stop! We have seen many fish in the four pound range, with a few trophies in the six pound range. Dark colored plastics are always a favorite and are the favorite of our guides for putting big bass in the boat.

Pike and Muskie – These toothy predators can be found just about anywhere right now but, weedy bays, cabbage beds, and reeds have been the hot spots and hold the best numbers of fish. Downsize, choosing bucktails and spinners in black and orange or firetiger colors.