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Walleyedan: Mille Lacs, area lakes provide good fishing opportunities

I'm fresh off of my second trip of the year to the big lake to the east—Mille Lacs.

Mille Lacs is the second largest lake in the state at over 132,000 acres and it has had a lot of press over the years. I've always really enjoyed fishing the big lake to the east of Brainerd. It has an allure unlike any other lake that I've been on. It can be nasty and it can be nice. Fishing can be really good and fishing can be really tough.

The thing that I like most about Mille Lacs is the fact that there is so much area and there are so many places the fish can be. This means you don't have to fish anywhere near another person or fish house if you don't want to. There is structure upon structure and fish of all species scattered throughout. And big fish of all species.

When the lake is "on," people come from all over. And that's exactly what the area needs. It needs this lake to be good and good for years and years to come. It's a fish factory!

Everyone has their theories and opinions on this awesome lake, and it's not an easy one to manage. But, if it continues to flourish and produce the quality fish that we are seeing now, it will give the Mille Lacs area a much needed boost that could last a long time. Right now, a person going over to walleye fish can keep only one fish and that fish must be between 19-21 inches or over 28 inches—yes just one fish.

On tonight's trip, we caught seven and all were between 15-17 inches with a big one that got away. We only fished for about three hours, so it wasn't too bad. I have the itch to go back tomorrow, but we'll just have to see what happens.

With the many resorts that circle the lake, it's not hard to find a fish house or spear house to rent. So if you have not wet a line in the big pond you might want to give it a whirl. Trucks are now starting to drive out, but there are some cracks out there so you will need to get some intel before you venture on out. We drove the SnoBear out of Barnacles tonight and fished one of the closer flats. We caught our fish on the Core 360 jigging spoons (tipped with a minnow head) from Venom Floats and it seemed that the red glow was the ticket. I've been doing most of my guided trips on Gull and we are catching some walleyes during the evening hours out there, too. The ice is shaping up quite nicely, so you best be making plans to attend the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 28!

Have a nice weekend and we'll see you on the ice!