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April 2nd,2018

Even though there is alot of ice we have decided to close for the season. Easter weekends snow was enough to stop plowing roads. We received over 10 inches  and with the wind alot of it ended up our way.  It’s just not worth it.

Please read and share my March 20 to 26th report/blog over time and remember to vote this November!

Keep a Tight Line !    Eddy   (Get your ice auger ready for the 2018 fishing opener!!!)

P.S  We have some openings this summer in our rental house.  Give Cindy a call and she call let you know what has opened up!

March 29th, 2018

A couple anglers went out yesterday and tried for Tullibee and Perch. They were seeing schools of Tullibee on the locators but did not have any action.  Not sure what is going on except there is not a larvae hatch or it’s done.

Yesterday was the first day the roads got wet out there after our last 2-3 inch snowfall. This morning it was close to zero so I’m sure everything froze again. It sounds like we are in an area of 4-6 inches of snow for Easter weekend so we will probably not open up again for this year.

If you want to give it a try, please call the day before you would like to come and we will let you know what it’s like. With as much a three plus feet of ice and 6-12 inches of snow out there this ice-out might be another late one. It would be a good thing for the spawning Walleye and Perch to spawn without being interfered with.

Please look at the March 20th-26th post in the archives and share with your fishing friends.  This is an important year, (being election year for everyone down in the St.Paul swamp), to try and change what apparently is Minnesota’s government lack of concern for it’s natural resources and tourism industry.

Keep a Tight Line!!     Eddy

March 20th, 2018 thru March 26th,2018

We have removed the corner road signs and cones. We will be pulling the road stakes next week.  No fishermen went out so nothing to report about a bite.To clarify the earlier report, I mentioned 4wd vehicles only. I did not say with wheelhouses.  You will need to call the day before you plan on coming up (320-676-8740) as we might close it if something changes with snow, etc.

We will keep the access open thru the weekend, but will not be doing anymore plowing as we are getting the trucks ready for summer storage.

Once again Mille Lacs will be “catch and release” this summer.  In my opinion the tribes are using their “clout” given to them by our great State of Minnesota’s leaders back when the treaty rights case went to court. Protocols were agreed upon by the Bands and State, (since then many times they have changed some of them, as it was a separate agreement aside from the Court decision with the option of being challenged and changed if it was not working). Our current Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Senators and representatives are too weak and taking too much casino lobbying money to challenge them.. All the tribes want to do is hurt the existing businesses, push the residents away so they can devalue property values and purchase it with their Casino money.  It has nothing to do with the fishery. They are using inaccurate studies with  margins of error,(as much as 15-30%) and trying to micromanage a fishery as based on poundage,  not numbers of population.  It is a never win situation for Minnesota’s sportsmen and the Bands know it. The MN DNR knows it also, but they will not  challenge it because they are told not to by the powers to be in St. Paul. I think as our fisheries biologists, it  should be their responsibility to show their superiors that the current form of management does not work with the large margins of error in their current methods of assessment of the population and harvest for the Walleye population at Mille Lacs.

With this being an election year in Minnesota, it is time for fishermen and sportsman that really care to vote for someone that promises to stop this “political” control the tribes have and take control of Minnesota’s resources back so all, (including the tribes) can equally enjoy them. Ask your senator or representative where they stand on this issue before you vote. If they tell you they will push for a change at Mille Lacs and the rest of Minnesota vote for them. If they don’t support change, tell them you will vote for someone that does.  By now if the last 18 years of “treaty-management” at Mille lacs doesn’t show you how  “co-management” of a resource with two different sets of goals doesn’t work.  You really need to look at what is going on up here…..this has gone beyond ridiculous now….

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

 

March 18th,2018

Saturday and Sunday quite a few anglers came out to enjoy the weather and hopefully catch some  Perch, Tullibee and Northern Pike.  But mostly after what I heard about the bite was they enjoyed the weather…..

Cindy and I decided to keep the access open another week as the ice roads are doing fine with the freezing nights and temp in the upper 30 during the day.  But starting tomorrow, Monday March 19th until we quit it will be 4wd drive vehicles only.  And it will be on a  day by day basis, so watch the report and to be safe call the day before you are planning to come.

Some fishermen out in the Tullibee hole today seen schools again 6-10 feet of the bottom on their locators, but none were interested.  So I really don’t know if they are going to get going this year or not.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

March16th,2018

Still not much going for a bite for Tullibee or Perch.  The warm afternoons are slowly getting thing wet on the roads, but no deep areas at all.

Our plans are to continue thru Sunday.  If the bite does not improve we will be closing for the season.

Last Chance…     Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

March 15th,2018

So far this past week there has not been much to report about the bite. Both for Tullibee and Perch.  Tullibee are passing thru in  big schools out in the “Tullibee Hole”, but are not staying around and feeding. And there is no real evidence that the bug hatch is happening. Or if it is the small Perch that are on the bottom out there are getting to them before the Tullibee.  ( Just a theory).

The roads and approach are still doing well and the snow has settled some and watching the weather forecast after Saturday/Sunday it will cool down a bit, but I’m not sure yet on if we will stay open or not thru next week.  I have 3 booths at the NWSS next week for Lybacks Marine. so we might just close up shop for the year unless the Tullibee get going by then.  It’s hard to justify having someone around on payroll to be there if someone gets stuck out there if there isn’t enough access fees to cover it.  We’ll see….

Keep a Tight Line!!     Eddy

March 12th,2018

Over the weekend quite a few fishermen showed up for Tullibee, Perch and Northern Pike. Overall the bite for all was pretty slow.  Some fishermen were seeing schools upon schools of Tullibee out there but could not get them to go. I think the bug hatch is not happening yet or is so small that the fish aren’t interested. Perch that were caught out there were small except for a few in the shallow water areas that were decent.  Those with cameras did see some big ones, but there were not biting.  And no reports of a big Northern.

I am going to keep the roads open until the melting snow causes so much water that it would be difficult to get out there.  Our office will be closed so fishermen will need to stop at the house on the hill to pay access and get a map.  And we will go from there.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

March 9th,2018

Yesterday I opened up some more areas to fish for the weekend. Not many have shown up to try since the storm so I cannot give a report on the bite, but this just might be the last weekend out there with the warmer weather coming next week for wheelhouses. When things start melting with the snow that is on the ice there will be a lot of water, so now is your chance.

I’ve attached a map so you can see what areas I opened up.  I plan on opening some more. 

Keep a tight Line!   Eddy

March 7th,2018

Today I went out and opened up roads to the Northern Pike areas and the Tullibee Hole. The strong east wind that accompanied the 10″ of snow definitely changed the landscape out there. I have a road to the “Tullibee Hole”, a road southwest of Spider to Northwest of Upper Twin for Northern Pike and Perch.

I’m plowing “loop” roads and off of them will have “chutes” that wheelhouses can back up into in both areas.  I plan on plowing about 25 or so spots to start and see who shows up this weekend.  Once the warmer weather starts and the melt starts on the ice it will not be long and alot of water will be out there even thought the ice will be good.  So if you are planning that last trip.with the wheelhouse, the next week or two might be the time to do it.

Due to little traffic during the week, fishermen will need to stop down by the barn that is going thru restoration and walk up to the house on the hill to pay access and get a map.  As the weekend approaches, Cindy will open the office at the red house on the lake.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

March 4th,2018

Friday and yesterday quite a few anglers came out to try for Tullibee and Perch.  Some also came for the Northern Pike angling which is open on Mille Lacs until the end of the month.

The Tullibee and Perch activity was pretty quiet for most. Although later in the day Saturday a couple fishermen did call when they left and reported on the east end of the “Tullibee Hole” they caught some and were marking schools on their locators.  I’m thinking that when the “bug hatch” starts we will see a much better bite out there.  One couple fishing for Northern C/R a 40″ plus Pike that weighed over 21 lbs.

The next couple days will not be good to be out there as they are predicting anywhere from 6″-12″ of snow and strong winds.  Starting tonight we will be closed until Tuesday and then go from there.  Keep an eye on this report and I will let you know when the roads are open.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy