Mille Lacs Lake Walleye Opener at Fisher’s Resort 2017
The Mille Lacs Lake walleye opener at Fisher’s Resort turned out to be one of the most amazing openers, weather wise, we have ever seen. Every Minnesotan knows that when the walleye opener is upon us, mother nature usually gives us some sort of slap in face! Not this time… It was calm, sunny and extremely pleasant.
On the fishing front… We did not have a ton of people that went out at midnight but the few that did said the fishing was amazing overnight. The majority of the people that did come, launched in the morning. The bite was best early morning and then tapered off some during the day (which is typical) but we also lacked wind which does add a challenge typically. However… most people were able to pick up a few.
The afternoon did prove to be pretty darn good for most. We had people reporting a good bite anywhere from 5′ all the way to the depths of the flats. We are trying to be more specific, but in all actuality all structure on all areas of the lake seemed to have a bite going on. North sand is typically good this time of year, and it did hold fish, but there was not a ton of people trying it. It would be worth trying it up there as the sands warm even further.
From the sounds of the reports, live bait did out preform artificial for the most part. Crawlers were actually the ticket for many people, which is not typical for this time of year. Leeches, as always, preformed good as well.
It is legal to target smallmouth this time of year for C&R and some did try with success. If they did not bite, they did see a lot of them hanging out in shallower areas. Northern Pike are hard to target this time of year, but you may be able to get a few by casting on the creek and harbor entrances as they seem to be going to those areas chasing the minnows.
Truth be told, the bite was hot and people had a great time practicing C&R this weekend. For some people C&R is hard to swallow, but if you want to catch large numbers of fish with the opportunity of a big photo fish, this is the year.
We hope to see you here on the big pond!