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Mille Lacs: The fishing seems to be improving from what was already good fishing. Daytime fishing on the mudflats is starting to produce a higher percentage of keepers. Long line spinners with rainbow minnows or fatheads are a great way to catch walleyes all day long. Even the afternoon bite has been good from 1-5 p.m., which can sometimes be slow. Evening fishing on the rocks is still good. Garrison Reef or Myr Mar are both great choices. If you get out early in the evening spend a little time Lindy rigging around the reefs until you locate some fish in the deeper water. As the sun starts to set, slide up on the rocks and bobber fish with leeches (10 to 12 feet at sunset). If you want to stay out on the flats for the evening bite you can do just as well as you would on the rocks. Spend some time during the late afternoon locating fish on the edge or off the edge of the mudflats. As evening approaches set up on the edge of the flat with bobbers and leeches.

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Gull Lake: The walleye bite seems to be slowly picking up out on Gull. Continue to focus in on weed edges and wind blown structure to find these fish. They seem to be moving into their summer patterns and the active fish are being found in 16 to 20 feet of water, and sometimes deeper on calm and sunnier days. Lindy rigs and minnows are the best producers, but don’t be afraid to speed yourself up and try trolling crawlers, Gulp, and even crank baits towards dusk in the shallow weed flats. The bass are done spawning and are being found in 9 to 12 feet of water. Lots of different ways to catch them right now, but a jig and plastic worm or jig and pig are some of the top producers.

Leech Lake: Main lake flats continue to kick out fish most days. Twelve to 16 feet of water, spinners and crawlers have been taking the majority of the fish.  When the wind is blowing, Ottertail, the Hardwoods and Two Points have produced action as well. Northerns have increased their activity and quality along weed edges in Walker Bay. Trolling spoons has been the most effective and a bonus walleye will likely be encountered.

Pelican: Walleyes are a bit tough to come by on Pelican. Most guys getting them are live bait rigging with redtails. Northerns can be had by trolling a Husky Jerk or simply catching them while trying for walleyes with a live bait rig. The rifle sight has been the best area for catching northerns. Bass are shallow, 4 to 7 feet, and all early season tactics are going right now as the bass are very aggressive. Panfish are dispersing quickly but sunfish can be found in the 5-6 foot range using a bit of crawler or a panfish leech.

— Leisure Outdoor Adventures

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