October Full Moon Mille Lacs Walleyes
This last weekend, I rented a house on Mille Lacs Lake with my Dad, brothers, and a couple of hometown friends. Our mission was to catch big walleyes and see how the musky action was. Ice cold temperatures and tight lips made it a cold adventure, but we emerged successful, catching many nice October full moon Mille Lacs walleyes.
We started out fishing Friday afternoon. A smallmouth bass in the first 30 seconds of fishing seemed to be a good sign, but we didn’t hook up with another fish until well after dark on Friday evening. A 21.5 and 25 inch walleye met our net and decided they wanted their pictures taken with us. It seemed like it had taken forever to get some walleyes in the boat, but it felt worth the wait, as it warmed us up from the freezing temperatures.
Later in the evening, we decided to try bobbers and casting cranks for some shallow water walleyes that we saw on our way back to the house. Clearly, they would not touch a minnow underneath a bobber and preferred crankbaits. Between the two boats, we caught around 10 walleyes ranging between 20 and 26 inches.
Saturday morning, we got a late start, but it didn’t seem to matter for the walleyes. They were tight lipped and weren’t interested in much. We marked fish, but they wouldn’t take, until Koz had a personal best 26 inch walleye in the boat. Moondog and I shared our congratulations with him and we kept pluggin along, with no more fish.
Koz had to meet his fiance Saturday evening for a Halloween party, so we headed in to drop him off and eat some brats for a late lunch/early dinner. After having some success on casting crankbaits the night before, we decided to try it again. My boat didn’t catch as many, but between both our boats, we got around 10 more walleyes, all ranging from 18.5 to 27 inches. One of the most difficult things to deal with while fishing at night for these fish was our fishing rods icing up on the eyes. Before you knew it, you would cast and you couldn’t reel your line it, because it was frozen stuck. Battling the cold wasn’t easy, but the rewards were worth it.
One thing that really stuck in my mind, was the complete vacancy of eater sized walleyes, 13-17 inches. Mille Lacs has a slot on the lake so all fish between 17-28 inches must be thrown back. We didn’t catch any walleyes under 18.5 and that is depressing for those looking to take some fish home for a meal. Hopefully the fishery will bounce back to produce the eater sized fish which so many fisherman travel hundreds of miles for. Even though our goal was big walleyes, and we accomplished that, it was a little dishearting to think Mille Lacs may be in line for a walleye population destruction.
Our crankbaits that produced for us:
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.