Walleyes Slow As Mille Lacs Panfish Pick Up

By Dan Johnson

As walleye action tapered off in recent days, a mixed bag of beefy panfish and northern pike top today’s fishing report from Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake.

Longtime guide Mike Christensen of Hunter Winfield’s Resort out of Isle says perch are the prime draw, and are in 29 to 34 feet of water on the northwest side of the lake, as well as in deeper holes on the south end.

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Lindy Frostee Jigging Spoons tipped with waxworms or a minnow head remain a hot ticket for triggering perch.

“If you do a lot of hole-hopping you can put together a nice catch,” he says, noting that many fish run 9 to 10 inches, with jumbos to 13 inches possible on any given jig stroke. Tullibees are also showing up in deeper water, too, hitting a variety of small jigs, spoons and dropper rigs.

Mille Lacs’ weedy bays continue to produce solid pike action, with many fish in the 30-inch range and occasional gators topping 40.

“And the best is yet to come,” says Christensen, – See more at: lindyfishingtackle.com

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