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Last updated 9-25-14
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The Minnesota DNR has announced the 2014 regulations for Mille Lacs:

Walleye: Two fish 18-20 inches. One may be longer than 28 inches. Northern Pike: Ten fish. One may be longer than 30 inches. Season closes March 29, 2015. Bass: Six total smallmouth and largemouth combined. One smallmouth may be longer than 18 inches. Season opens Saturday, May 10. Lake is exempt from mid-September catch-and-release smallmouth regulation. Bass may be caught through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Tullibee (Northern Cisco): Possession limit is 10. Other Species: Follow statewide regulations. No Culling Night Closure: The night ban will be lifted at 10PM on July 21st, 2014.

You'll notice that some regs have been relaxed or even temporarily eliminated. The night ban will be lifted at 10PM on July 21st, 2014. Most of the other regulations have changed to the Mille Lacs angler's advantage - the bass season coincides with the walleye season (May-Feb.), the northern limit has been increased to 10, darkhouse spearing will open December 1st and the northern season has been extended through March 15. All changes have been labeled "experimental/temporary", meaning that some or all of them will be tweaked down the road. Some folks like the changes, some hate them, some will tolerate them and some won't. Kind of like how they make red cars and blue cars... different things are important to different people.

... The night ban has been lifted for 2014.

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... (9-25) We finally have some "stable" weather! The bite was good for most folks - some caught fish trolling, others with slip bobbers/leeches and still others on crawlers/spinners. Many people remarked about the numbers of "small" fish they caught. This makes the future look great! As for the present, the top approach is leeches on a small jig fished under a slip bobber in the shallow (8-12 feet) water around the rocks especially when there is some wind. 28-32 feet of water adjacent to the flats or gravel bars has also produced some daytime fish. The key to the deep water has been to "keep moving" - troll or drift the edges or even the deep water adjacent to the edges. The bite seems well balanced between daytime and night - both are good right now. As the water temperature begins to drop, look for the bite to improve even more. Smallie action has slowed a little. The northern bite has been on and off, with most of the activity around the sparse weeds in 9-12 feet of water. Big suckers are the key to this.

Yes, we still have big leeches!

Remember... Mille Lacs is the ONLY fishery in Minnesota where you can continue to catch AND HARVEST smallmouth bass until February 22, 2015. All other fisheries in Minnesota went to catch-and-release as of 9-8-14.

The surface temperature has settled in the low 60's.

... (9-19)Once again this week we got a glimpse of the future - decent numbers of walleye (most in that 8-10 inch range, some as big as 14) were caught on Mille Lacs with slip bobbers and leeches. Look at the gravel west of Spirit Island, Sloppy Joe's, Indian Point and Erickson's Flat in 28+ feet during the daytime. Some walleye have also been taken in the mid-depth (15-22 ft) rock/gravel areas and even some as shallow as 8 feet. EVENINGS ARE BEST. Slip bobbers with leeches have still been the best overall choice. Crawlers, rainbows and hardbaits (leadcore) have also produced some fish. Smallmouth action has slowed somewhat, but it's still a reasonable daytime option. 8-12 feet has been the best. Northern/muskie action has improved but is still a bit behind where it could/should be this time of the season.

Yes, we still have big leeches!

The Minnesota DNR has a new surprise for boaters statewide. By July 1st, 2015 each of us will have to take invasive species training, pass a test and pay a fee to obtain a sticker for our boat trailer. Own a second boat? No sweat - just pay a little extra and they'll issue you another sticker! Have any questions? Follow this link.

Are you unfamiliar with this whole "lead-core trolling" thing? Stop in and we can help - we've got the line, baits, rods and reels OR... you can drop off your reel and we'll spool it for you. We even have reels all spooled-up and ready to go as well as rod/reel combos ready-to-go.

As we reported on Monday , the night ban on Mille Lacs that was scheduled to run until December 1, 2014 will be cancelled at 10PM Monday, July 21, 2014.

Be sure to turn on your navigational lights before sunset: "Navigation lights must be on from sunset to sunrise" (see sunrise/sunset schedule at end of booklet).

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