Well, I’m finally putting together a recap of the Perch and Pout weekend. I got pretty sick over the last couple of days and my face got sun/wind burned pretty bad from all of the beautiful weather over the weekend.
Overall, the weekend trip was a great time, even though the fishing was slow for everyone. I got up to the cabin on the east side of Mille Lacs around 6pm on Friday and my buddy RustyKan was out in the permanent shack about a half mile out. I drove a snowmobile out there to fish with him for an hour or so and we managed a 13 inch walleye along with 2 eelpout. The second one, shown in the picture, would’ve definately won the tourney the next day.
Saturday, everyone rolled out of bed pretty late and our crew made it to the ice a little after 9. Being a relaxed event, no one felt any pressure to fish hard, which was nice. Our crew of about 20 people were spread out and never really got into a hot bite. Just a few 10-11 inch perch here and there, and no eelpout.
Arguably the best part of the Perch and Pout tourney is the raffle afterwards. For the $10 entry, you automatically got entered for great gifts including, tv’s, computers, augers, fishing gear, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Kids even got a free ice fishing pole. 3 people in our group had their name picked in the raffle. Including RustyKan’s wife winning a 32″ flatscreen tv. Not a bad deal considering there were well over a thousand people there.
After the raffle, we ate a quick meal and got back onto the ice for some walleye action. It was very slow and me and RustyKan only managed one perch. Our propane ran out, our light’s battery died, so the cold sent us back to the cabin.
Sunday morning, we tried our last efforts out on the mud flats searching for walleyes, but could only muster up 2 keepers. The fish that were down there, were definately not aggressive, all weekend.
Even though the fishing was subpar, it was nice to get out there and put the time in. Now if only my raccoon eyes from the sunburn will go away, I will be a happy camper. Check out pictures from the weekend in the forums.
Good luck fish’n
Brad – @SonarFish
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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.