The walleye season ended with a "fizz". I'm not sure anyone expected things to be much different after what we saw (or didn't see) over the past 2 weeks. There were still some perch and some tullibee this week, but I certainly wouldn't call it a great bite - more "sniffers" than "takers". It seems that the bug-bite (waxies/euros/shrimp) is stronger than the minnow bite. Dropper-style rigs are turning some fish, along with some tungsten Weevils. No word on northern activity. Remember that Mille Lacs remains open to northern pike ANGLING (not spearing) through 3-25-18. Unfortunately, the supply of suckers statewide has been thin - this is not to say that they're non-existent, but we get a few here and a few there... not the tank-full that we're used to. It's not uncommon lately to sell out of suckers.
Nearly all of the houses are off Mille Lacs. Some of the resorts still have decent roads to all the spots they went to all season. Some have closed their accesses. Be sure to call the resort directly to be sure they can get you to where you want to go. We've seen a number of people get stuck when they tried to go cross-country - if you can take a road all/most of the way, I think that's a great idea!
The ice thickness is still around 30 inches.
The 2018 licenses are due now. We have them available for sale at the baitshop.
The weather for the weekend (according to the National Weather Service) looks like this:
Friday: Widespread freezing fog, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Light east wind becoming south southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Friday Night: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Rain likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
The full moon is tonight, 3-1-18.
Have a great weekend!
Lundeen's Tackle Castle
38752 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN 56359