Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 31st, 2016

Fishing reports were pretty good Friday evening and Saturday.  Some didn’t do very well but most did.  (I have yet to see everyone out there do well at once) Lots of under the slot Walleyes and some overs, a 28″ Walleye was C/R in the Bowl. The bite was good.  Perch did well in the shallower basins although you had to pick thru the smaller one to get the 10″ keepers. Anglers with cameras on NW Gull in 16 feet were watching Walleyes all morning on Saturday but they wouldn’t bite. Anglers on Spider were doing well with Perch.  So along with the deeper breaks the shallow water did well too.

One of my concerns of the bite, (and not to be negative) is that the anglers that are fishing that deeper water and mud know what they are doing when they get a small Walleye on. They need to be pulled up slowly so the bladders don’t blow. I heard of numerous anglers that were catching many small Walleyes in the 28-32ft breaks that said they were seeing that happen. I’m sorry, but if they are biting like crazy, they are under the slot, why sit there and do it over and over? Think about it…is that protecting them?

The ice stayed put during this warm spell so far, but I will be glad when the “thaw” is over. It looks like we will get some snow from the next storm, but will not be in the thick of it at least.

The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is Feb 27th. There are still spots left.  Entry fee is $50.00/person and 100% payback of prizes.  There will cash prizes for biggest Perch, Walleye, Northern, and Tullibee.  Drawings will include augers, locators, suits, portables, rod-reel combos, and many other numerous prizes.  Big fish winners will not be eligible for door prizes.  Everyone will get something.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 30th, 2016

Friday’s anglers reports from Thurs eve and thru the day were good. Walleyes under the harvest slot dominated the catch for most with some reported in the 22″-26″ range.  Perch were active in the gravel/rock and the deep mud basins as well as Tullibee.  I am looking forward to a good weekend of fishing out there.

The ice gave us some problems Thursday afternoon and Fri am on the shoreline approach and because of our location, the islands and Pope’s Point had some major cracks due to the shifting, but things calmed down during the day and most is back to normal.

So far it is sounding like we will be on the “edge” of the big snowstorm early next week which will be a blessing for us on the lake this year.  With all the problems Mille lacs and it’s people around it have gone thru with the “political abuse” of it’s fishery over the last 15 years (everyone knows what I mean) and negative publicity brought from it, maybe at least the weather will help us out…

The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is Feb 27th. Entry fee is $50.00/person limited to 150 entries. 100% payback in prizes. There are still spots left so sign up and have some fun!

Keep a Tight Line!




January 29th, 2016

The bite was pretty good yesterday.  Walleyes were the most active in 18-26 feet and the Perch biting too.  Most Walleyes caught were under the slot but there were reports of 23″-25″ Walleyes C/R west of the Banana. The late afternoon evening bite is still good on the shallow rocks as well.  Northern Pike are moving around the Islands so expect some Pike action too.  Roads are doing well with and average of 18″ of ice and tandem wheelhouse and rigs are ok as long as All  wheelhouses keep the speed down below 8 mph.

We moved rentals to new and deeper areas.  And also to get them out of the snow drifts from the last week or so.  With the warm weather the weight of the wet snow caused a fair amount of flooding around some of the house. And with the possibility of significant snow and wind next week it was a good thing to do.

We made some more roads out to the NW of the Graveyard around the rough ice areas and today plan on heading out to the gravel bars to at the least get a road going thru the rough spots before the snow next week, and we will go from there.

The Lyback/TWP Tournament is on for Feb 27th.  Entry fee is $50.00/Person with 100% payback in prizes for everyone.  It will be a fun time.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 28th, 2016

Wednesday the winds really picked up mid morning from the southwest and brought in warmer weather.  By afternoon it had switched more westerly and warmed up the snow to the point it stopped drifting.  Fishing reports were mixed with 18-24 feet having the best action.  Perch as still mostly in shallower except for the deep mud areas off the rocks.  The deeper transitions have Walleye action at night, but are pretty quiet during the daylight hours.

The ice is holding it’s own but what snow there is out there is getting heavy with this warm weather.  There is some so flooding around the houses because of weight and warm temps.  Privates be prepared to block your house up and shovel an opening in each end when you leave this weekend so things can freeze up.  So far predictions are for a pretty good snowstorm next week and you will want as much as as you can get under your house.

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Lyback/TWP Tournament.  Spots are going fast.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 27th, 2016

Fishing was pretty good yesterday for most that were out there.  Perch were active and the daytime Walleye bite picked up in 20-25 feet of water.  Tullibee action was good in the Tullibee Hole also.  As always not everyone did well but that is normal I guess.

We received about four inches of snow and spent most of the day cleaning up the roads and moving houses. And will be doing the same today. Privates that are not on the lake will need to call the office and tell us their plans for the balance of the season.  If they are not going out they need to settle fees and/or remove the house by the end of February.

The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is Feb 27th. Entry fee is $50.00/person.  100% payback in prizes. Limited to 150 contestants.

Keep a Tight Line!



January 26th, 2016

Monday we received about 4 inches of snow and this week temps are remaining warm with more chances of precipitation of one form or another.   So our ice making weather is over and in the long range doesn’t look like much like cold anymore.  Currently the average depth is about 16″ which typically is not much for this time of year.

The bite was slow yesterday for most out there.  Some anglers that had been using cameras went out and then came back in an hour or so as the snow cover “darkened” the deep water to  a point where they did not work well.  The shallower water was almost the same.  Anglers had activity but it definitely was a change,

Private customers that have houses here that are not out need to contact us as soon as possible with their plans for the rest of the season. We are rearranging our storage lot and need to know.

The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is on for Feb 27th.  Entry fee is $50.00/person, 100% payback in prizes.  Sign-up at our office to get in on it.  We are halfway there with entries as of yesterday ,

Keep a Tight Line!


January 25th, 2016

Sunday evening after most went home and let us know how they did we found that Sunday late morning thru early eve was pretty good for the Perch fishermen in the “Bowl”.  The creel clerk also shared his results of his stop at our place and overall it was a pretty good weekend for most.  Although there were a few reef that just seemed to die.   Pope’s was very slow and Gull Reef also.   More than likely due to large Pike roaming and moving out.  A 38″ Northern was C/R on Gull and one house on Pope’s reported 3 line breakers so I’m thinking that is what was happening in those areas.

With the warmer temps and snow we are going to stay put as far as moving many houses out farther until I see a long range forecast.  The ice overall is averaging 16″ which is pretty good but not if we get a big storm and we are approaching the time of year the chances of one are getting better every passing week.

I would suggest the next ten days anglers get out and enjoy the weather and the action, as for as much bad press Mille Lacs has had  you can still have a good day of fishing out there!

Keep a Tight LIne!


January 24th, 2016

Friday night and Saturday morning the bite was pretty good for most.  By late am when the strong SW wind picked up everything seemed to slow down.  Late afternoon and evening the Walleye bite picked up in 14′-18′ feet.  One rental C/R 17 Walleyes ranging from 13″ to 17″.  some others had decent Perch action along with the Walleyes also.  It definitely seems like the deeper rocks have action in the evening, but from what reports I heard the daytime bite is almost nothing and no Perch seem to be there also.  Tullibee are biting in the Tullibee Hole , there are a lot of smaller ones out there this year, but nice sized ones are there too.

Ice held up well with the traffic and with a few more cold evenings the roads out farther will be more consistent in depth and if the bite improves out there we will be moving houses out farther.  But for now I think we are where we should be.

The Lyback/TWP Tournament is Feb 27th. 150 contestants, $50.00/person, 100% payback in prizes.  There will be augers, ice suits, locators, rod,reels, tackle, portables, and lots of prizes for everyone.  it will be a fun time.  Sign up and register at the office.  We are almost half way there with entries.

Keep a Tight Line!!



January 23rd, 2016

Friday evening was a good night for the Walleye bite.  Most out there C/R Walleyes with a few kept in the slot. The Perch bite was good this am until about 10:00am when the strong south wind picked up. When making the rounds with the rentals before lunch most said it was pretty quiet. We have a lot of anglers out there this weekend which is nice to see after a long wait for it this year.

Yesterday I got the road into the “Bowl”, (an area we have always done well with Perch.)  Some of the portable and wheelhouse people went out there this morning and at 2:30pm as I am writing this most are still there which is usually a good sign.  We will find out tonite when they stop on their way off.  I also established a road down the SW edge of the Tundra on the steep break for anglers to try the transitions.

Ice conditions as still about 16″-18″ in the rougher ice closer to shore, but it is consistent.  Out farther there is anywhere from 13″-20″ with more of an 14″-16″ average.  We are keeping the larger tandem axle house and rigs in the 1st mile where the consistent ice is just to be safer.  We are asking everyone to keep it slow on the ice roads so they don’t break up so bad as it isn’t really cold enough to heal the cracks as fast as we would like.  Unfortunately anglers coming out of Isle bay and jumping on our roads apparently weren’t told to take it easy or just don’t care as we had to ask a few of them slow down on the roads we maintain for our customers.  (It would be nice if when they go to pay access and ask about where they want to fish,  It would be better if they were told to patronize who is maintaining roads in the area they want to fish instead of misleading them and saying they can get “there from here” and not worry about where they get off the lake.) That is what we have always done here for over fifty years and would expect that from others in this business also.

The Lyback/TWP Tournament is going to be Feb 27th.  Cost is $50.00/contestant with 100% payback in prizes.  Sign-up and register at the office. We are approaching the halfway mark in the 150 contestant limit so far.

Keep a Tight LIne!





January 22nd, 2016

Yesterday the bite improved for some of the anglers.  Walleyes dominated the catch Thursday evening for those out there and during the day Perch were doing pretty good around Spider Island.

The ice started pushing a little as the warmer temps started getting to the ice, but I’m thinking we will not have any big problems with it.  We are still pulling houses out for those that are coming for the weekend and getting the rentals ready.

Driving will remain the same as the past couple days.  Single axle wheelhouses with 1/2 ton truck can go where we have all of our roads.  Tandem axle wheelhouses and bigger rigs will need to stay within the 1st mile of our shoreline where the ice is consistent.  (17″-19″  Cones are set on the roads where they should not go past.  The ice farther out is generally good but it varies so much. 13″-20″ with alot of 14″-16″ ice) I do not want of alot of heavy travel on the roads out there until we have more.  I am going to get a road to the “Bowl” today as it seems that the Perch are better in the shallower basins than in the deeper mud.

The Lyback/TWP Tournament will be Feb 27th.  Entry fee is $50.00/person.  100% payback in prizes.  Sign up and pay entry fee at our office. Currently are about 1/3 of the way on contestants.

Keep a Tight Line !