This weekend I had my parents and one of my brothers visiting and we took advantage of some free time and headed to Mille Lacs Lake to try for walleyes. The wind forecast was looking to be out of the south, so we launched out of Isle and tried some areas I’ve never fished.
First, we headed to some sharp drop offs near Father Hennepin State Park and marked a ton of fish, but couldn’t get any of them to bite. Not sure what we were marking on my Dad’s Humminbird 998, but we tried a about 20 minutes and decided to head out to deeper water. We marked more fish again, but could only get one fish to bite. A nice 20.5 inch walter was the largest my mom has caught in a few years, so that made it well worth the trip.
Many drifts later and we only got about 9 walleyes in our trip to Mille Lacs, but we got to spend some quality time on the water. That, and I got sunburned like a lobster.
I was hoping for better action, but I think the mayfly hatch had something to do with the tough bite. We didn’t see many other anglers catching many fish either. Our Lindy Rigs may have not been the best approach, but we weren’t really set up to try anything else. If I come across a similar situation with the mayflies, I think I will try a little more trolling higher in the water column. I have a feeling that our lures were too close to the bottom and the fish above weren’t interested in going down to get our leeches and night crawlers.
SonarFish Tip – Remember to bring sunscreen and put it on. Ouch.
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.