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Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Reports

7-6-18

The walleye bite on MIlle Lacs continues! The strong bite we've been enjoying since the opener is STILL strong. Often when we see a ton of people around on weekends and holidays, the bite will seem to slow down when in fact it simply gets diluted across MANY more anglers - still big numbers, just spread out more. That hasn't been the case this year, where the increase in weekend/holiday anglers just seems to make things bigger and better. We're still seeing good numbers of multiple sizes/year classes of walleye coming from the mud flats and deep gravel. 22-32 feet is a good range to start, with the "sweet spot" often falling in that 27-30 feet. Night crawlers/spinners are equal to leeches/live bait rigs during the daytime hours, but it's ALL leeches/slip bobbers from 7-10PM. Some of the better spots include Seguchie Flat, 7-mile, the Boot and the 4-mile gravel. Smallmouth action has been hit-or-miss, but is noticeably behind where we saw the bite at this time last year. Most of the folks are working the 8-15 foot rocks with wackys, Ned rigs and dropshot rigs. Northern action has been spotty at best.

The leech supply has changed dramatically. All over. Each year we experience a shortage of big leeches about now (early July). While this doesn't mean that there aren't ANY, it does mean that the supply becomes tight. For the past several years, I've re-printed a piece explaining the process - I'm pasting that piece below:

"Now that mid-summer is upon us, I thought I would explain a little bit about the life cycle of leeches. The ribbon leech is thought to have a 2-year lifespan. Around the middle of July, the mature leech will go into a spawn cycle and drop a "pod." Not long after dropping the "pod", these mature leeches will die. Over time, this "pod" will produce a new, almost microscopic hatch of leeches. These new leeches grow for a short time and then are thought to go dormant over the winter months. In the spring, they emerge as a "panfish grade." As the summer goes on, they will usually grow to a "regular grade" and by fall, a few will even make a "light large." Once again, they will go dormant over the winter, and in the spring they will grow to a "large" or even "jumbo." Around mid-July, they will go into their spawn and the cycle starts over again. "What does this have to do with the price of tea in China," you ask? As the large and jumbo leeches die off after they spawn, we are left with a much smaller leech to take their place. The overall supply drops dramatically, and the price goes up. This time of year is upon us now. The current supply of big leeches will dwindle away and we can expect to see the changes very soon. We should always have a meager supply of decent leeches, but expect these to be sold by the dozen ONLY. Any 1/2 pounds or pounds will soon be limited to a "first year" leech."

So what is the best way to take care of your leeches going forward? 1. Keep your leeches cool - placing them in one of these "livewell leech bags" is great when the water is in the 50's. Now that the surface temps (remember, that's where your livewell water comes from) are running in the mid 70's, YOU will kill them in a matter of minutes. The same goes for leaving them in your trunk while you stop for a burger - once they're damaged, they won't come back. 2. Buy what you need - some folks go long on their leeches and then try to hold the leftovers from week-to-week in the fridge. Again this is ok early in the year, but this time of year it's more likely that you will come back to a container of weak or dead bait. 3. Give them some room - the little cups that leeches often come in are not meant to be a permanent home for them, rather, a way for you to get them to a decent size container that holds a fair amount of water. Styrofoam buckets or Playmate-type coolers work best AND they help maintain cooler water temps for the leeches. Try these tips and keep those leeches happy!

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The weather for the weekend (according to the National Weather Service) looks like this:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. South wind around 15 mph.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

The last quarter moon is 7-6-18

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Don't forget to check out our weekly "shop special" at http://www.lundeens.com/shop.html .

Isle days is this weekend... see the details here:

Finally, As a guy takes his seat on an airplane, he is surprised to find a parrot strapped in next to him. After taking off, the flight attendant comes around to serve the passengers on the plane. The guy asks the flight attendant for a coffee and the parrot squawks: "And get ME a coke...NOW!" The flight attendant, flustered by the parrot's attitude, brings back a coke for the parrot. However, she forgets the coffee for the guy. As the guy points this out, the parrot drains his glass and screams: "Get me another coke or I'll really create a scene!" Quite upset, the attendant comes back shaking, with another coke, but still no coffee. Irritated at her forgetfulness, the man decides to try the parrot's approach. "I've asked you twice for a coffee. Go and get it right now, or I'll create a scene that will make HIS look like a Victorian tea party!" The next moment, both the guy and the parrot are grabbed and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly security guards. Hurtling towards earth, the parrot turns to him and says: "You're pretty mouthy for a guy who can't fly!"

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Have a great weekend!
Bill Lundeen
Lundeen's Tackle Castle
38752 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN 56359
320-532-3416
lundeens@lundeens.com
www.lundeens.com


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