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#12810638 - 06/29/18 03:27 PM Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin
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Registered: 07/02/11
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Loc: Texas Panhandle
Looking for recommendations on where to go for smallmouth in either Minnesota or Wisconsin for those that have been there and Guide recommendations and lodging any help would be appreciated
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#12810651 - 06/29/18 03:40 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
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Registered: 06/02/10
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I’m headed to Miile Lacs today, will let you know how guide and trip works out on Sunday

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#12810715 - 06/29/18 04:30 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: David Welcher]
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Loc: Texas Panhandle
I would appreciate it.
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#12810746 - 06/29/18 04:59 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 417
Loc: East TX
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.
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#12811145 - 06/29/18 10:54 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
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Registered: 06/22/18
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What's your goto baits for smallmouth in Wisconsin?
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#12811157 - 06/29/18 11:12 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: Swimbaiter]
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/07
Posts: 4539
Loc: Longmont co.
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.


Can you get emails up at Vermilion?

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#12811236 - 06/30/18 06:13 AM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
Jhiggins Offline
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Registered: 02/08/18
Posts: 12
Loc: OK
Lake Mille Lacs in MN. is the place we go every year. Stay at the Beach Side Resort. Guide is Jay Brainard from the Elite Series. You cant go wrong. Beautiful country and great small mouth.

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#12811441 - 06/30/18 10:21 AM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: Jhiggins]
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Originally Posted By: Jhiggins
Lake Mille Lacs in MN. is the place we go every year. Stay at the Beach Side Resort. Guide is Jay Brainard from the Elite Series. You cant go wrong. Beautiful country and great small mouth.


How big do the brownies get at Millie Lacs in June? We've went across the Int'l Falls border to Rainy Lake and caught 'em up to 5lbs, but average weights were 4lbers. Our experience at Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan were a little smaller on average weights, being around 3 lbs. www.northernadventuresfishing.com (Captain Chris Noffsinger) We did luck out and catch one that weighed 4lb 15oz. Our next trip will be where the big mommas hang out. Where would that be and what time of year?
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#12811450 - 06/30/18 10:41 AM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: crankn101]
NickHasty Offline
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Registered: 12/11/11
Posts: 1475
Loc: Yankee Land U.S.A
Originally Posted By: crankn101
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.


Can you get emails up at Vermilion?


If you have Verizon, you can get pretty descent phone service and data on V. Most every resort or VRBO has WiFi, its' not that "remote" up on Vermilion, beautiful lake, descent largemouth fishing as well, it really is a multi-species lake; Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Crappie, LMB, SMB...

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#12811483 - 06/30/18 11:25 AM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
beeflover Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 410
Loc: eagan, mn
If your coming all the way up here I would go to Vermillion, its much prettier up there and has some islands you can hide behind in the wind. On a windy day there's no place to hide on Mille Lacs.

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#12811552 - 06/30/18 12:37 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: crankn101]
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 417
Loc: East TX
Originally Posted By: crankn101
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.


Can you get emails up at Vermilion?


Are you asking if you have service? Yes. Didn't experience any issues.
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#12811572 - 06/30/18 12:59 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
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Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 31
Loc: Shreveport, LA
I've been to Mille Lacs twice and stayed at Air B&B places that were great and affordable. Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin is a good place as well. I've made 11 trips up north and can't remember a time I didn't crack 5# at least once or twice...sometimes many over 5. 6#ers are a different story, they're there but much rarer. Minnesota has so many lakes you never hear about you may want to try lake hopping. The Brainerd area has a huge amount of lakes and most people up there don't really fish for smallmouth so there are some easy pickings to be had!

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#12811615 - 06/30/18 02:02 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: TxPanhandle]
glen6131 Offline
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Registered: 05/25/09
Posts: 155
Loc: Waxahachie Tx
Exactly right about the smaller lakes which nobody fishes for smallmouth. I go every year to Western MN and fish. There are a ton of lakes you can lake hop very easily. Have caught several over 5#. Up there if its not walleye or crappie they dont fish for it. Several lakes are managed for smallmouth. The MN state record came from West Battle Lake. Go to the MN DNR Lake finder on their website and it will tell you what each lake has as well as populations locations ect. If you decide to go pm me and ill send you some info. There are also several small lakes where you can catch alot of largemouth and good ones. My biggest up there is 6-14 but have had bigger ones blow up on topwater. good luck

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#12811673 - 06/30/18 03:01 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: Swimbaiter]
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/07
Posts: 4539
Loc: Longmont co.
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Originally Posted By: crankn101
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.


Can you get emails up at Vermilion?


Are you asking if you have service? Yes. Didn't experience any issues.


Thanks man. Never fished Vermilion, we always went to Lake of The Woods.

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#12811677 - 06/30/18 03:03 PM Re: Small mouth bass in Minnesota or Wisconsin [Re: NickHasty]
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/07
Posts: 4539
Loc: Longmont co.
Originally Posted By: NickHasty
Originally Posted By: crankn101
Originally Posted By: Swimbaiter
Just got back from Mille Lacs and Lake Vermilion. Both were fishing great! Lake Vermilion is really a sight to see. I would recommend staying at Pike Bay Lodge. You will love it.


Can you get emails up at Vermilion?


If you have Verizon, you can get pretty descent phone service and data on V. Most every resort or VRBO has WiFi, its' not that "remote" up on Vermilion, beautiful lake, descent largemouth fishing as well, it really is a multi-species lake; Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Crappie, LMB, SMB...


Thanks man. Cant wait to chase the smallies and Musky up north again.

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