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Mille Lacs Lake - Monday, July 11, 2005
By: on 07/11/2005 08:40 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Rockmans Report / Mille Lacs Lake Mn
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics

Hot, hot, hot. That is what it was all weekend. The shallow water rock bite has moved into the deep-water rocks and gravel bars. This weekend was not a good one for us in the Red door tournament. It seemed like all of the slot fish that were on our spots were all replaced by fish in the 12 to 13 inch range. We weighed 3 fish the first day and 2 fish the second day. We worked our rocks over with just 5 weigh fish for 7 lbs. We had a great year in the tournaments, with a 3rd place finish in the Wave Wacker and a 5th place finish in the Hunters tournament. This is the 1st year we did not cash a check in the Red Door tournament. The bites just were not there for us. The mayfly hatch is almost over and that will mean crank baits will be the ticket in the weeks to come. We saw a lot of fish suspended out over the mud flats; we could not get any of them to go. The spinner bite is starting to take off on the gravel bars, just not a lot of fish to keep. But if you do not mind catch and release then spinner those fish. There is still a lindy rig bite, just make sure that you work them slow no matter where you do it. Bobbers are still giving up fish at night on any of the structure, just get off of them about ? to ? of a mile. Fish are on top of the mud flats and gravel bars early in the morning, then get off of the top of the flat in the afternoon. The 2 deep water rock humps out in front of the resort are starting to give up their bounty the past few days, just not a lot of slot fish. Many of the fish out there are out of the slot on the larger side. The slot will change on the 15th of the month to 0 ? 22 inches with one over 28 inches. That will make for some heavy stringers in the last few tournaments of the season for Mille Lacs. There are a lot of fish from 21 to 22 inches out there. Summer is finally here so get up here before the summer turns to fall. It is not that far off
Be safe
We will see you
When we see you.
Rockman
Mille Lacs Lake - Monday, June 27, 2005
By: on 06/27/2005 6:59 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics

Well the weekend was very hot and very busy. The walleye bite is still in full swing. Surface temps are in the lower to mid 70s Rocks and gravel humps are holding some nice big perch along with the walleyes. The spinner bite is still good also. There are a lot of fish in the slot this season. The 2003-year class seems to be very prevalent and very healthy. Morning and evening is the best time to be on the water. During the day lately it has been to dam hot. Stay inside next to the air conditioning. Leeches are out fishing crawlers as of now, but that could change with the may fly hatch just start to pop. If you are looking for eaters, fish the rocks with the bobbers. If you are looking for bigger fish over 20 inches; fish the gravel bars and mud flats with lindy rigs or spinners. The Hunters tourney was this weekend. We finished 5th overall out of 70 boats. We were 17th on day one, but with that is the kind of weight you are still in the game. It feels so good to still be in the game after day one. 1st days weight was 11. 84 weighing six fish. Second day weight was 13,18 for total weight of 25.02. The bite was very good in the morning but we just could not catch any fish in the slot. They were either to big or to small. Then at about 10:30 the slot fish moved in and the race for first place was on. I laid into a fish at 2:30 PM on the second day that we thought would win it for us, but she was only 27 3/4 inches and very chunky. She was at least 9 lbs. We had our 7 fish at that time too. It would have been so sweet. Oh well, just not meant to be. It was a lot of fun saying those 3 wonderful words for 2 days, My Bobbers Down. Winning weight was 31 lbs. We caught over 60 fish for the 2 days and cashed a check for $937.50 apiece weighing just 13 fish. Some of them were 15 to 17 inches. Some of them were 18 to 19 1/2 inches. Not as many 19 1/2 inch fish this tourney compared to the last one. The weather on Friday was hot and windy. Winds were 15 to 30 mph out of the northeast. That made for an up and down kind of day, all day. Saturday was a lot better with winds 5 to 10 out of the east but still very hot. Let?s just hope and pray that the storms and the rain stop some time soon, as I am sure a lot of you can attest to. Water, water every where. Hope to see you this weekend for the 4th of July weekend.
Be safe

We will see you

When we see you

Rockman
www.rockyreef.com
Mille Lacs Lake - Sunday, June 19, 2005
By: on 06/19/2005 2:46 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics

I would like to start off by saying thank you to every one who followed us in the Wave Wacker Tourney last week.
I really do appreciate all of your support and emails.
The bite is on! As of last Monday the bite has been very good on all of the gravel and the mud flats. 4 and 5-mile gravel are holding very good numbers of keeper fish off of the edges during the day. Sloppy Joe?s is going strong. Get up on top in the early morning from 6:00am till 8:30am. You can rig it spinner it, or of course my specialty, the bobber thing. We did catch lots of 22 and 25 inch off of the spinners. Green and orange #4 Colorado spinners, on a 2 or 3 hook worm harness with # 6 green or orange hooks. Running them at 1.0 mph. They are just crushing the rod. It is a lot of fun to catch them when they are in an aggressive mode. The bobber bite is still going strong on any of the reefs in 16 to 18 ft of water during the day. 13 to 8 ft towards the evening from 8:30 PM till about 11:30 PM. The morning bite is good on both of the rock humps out in front of the resort in the afternoon and evening. I will be fishing the Hunters Point tourney this Friday and Saturday. There will be play by play action for that one too. I did have some bad luck with my motor this weekend. For the first time ever, I let my son Jonathan take the Big Bad Warrior out for a spin with his girl friend Ashley. He was astounded when I asked him if he would like to take it out. So any way they did and every thing was going fine, he was running up and down the shoreline out in front. All of the sudden he heard a metallic sound and had the presence of mind to back it down and idle into the dock. To make a long story short the upper bearing in the lower unit went to hell after 10 yrs. of great service. I should have it back by Wednesday, I hope. Jonathan thought that I was going to ream his a butt and when I said it wasn?t his fault, he just about dropped over. He felt so bad about it so I couldn?t razz him about it at all. Darn it! It is like my great grand dad use to say, "Son?s are put on this earth for one reason. To torment their fathers"
The bite is very very good right now guys. Get those honey dew lists out of the way today. Maybe mama will let you play!
A special thanks too my friends from Iowa, for a great week of fun a games.
As always it was our pleasure to have you here.
Take care and we will see you again soon.
Be safe.
We will see you
When we see you
Rockman
Mille Lacs Lake - Thursday, June 16, 2005
By: on 06/16/2005 6:13 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Way to go Rock Man! We are proud of ya here at walleyeangler.net. Thanks for the reports.
Mille Lacs Lake - Saturday, June 11, 2005
By: on 06/11/2005 08:46 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics

Day 2 Wave Wacker tournament went much better for me than day 1. Started off the day by putting two 19 inchers in the well by 9:30am and it felt very good to contribute to the team rite away. I had a bad day on the first day with just the one fish. Day two we caught over 30 fish. By 12:30 we had 4 fish in the well. 2 of them were 19 inches, 1 was 15 and the other was 18 inches. We were feeling pretty good by then, but we would have to work it for 3 more hours before we would land another fish. We caught 6 fish over 20 inches and then we got into a school of babies for about a half-hour. By this time it was 3:30 and we had to be in by 5:00 PM second flight. The day ended with a double header, with just minutes to spare. One was 191/2 inches the other was 181/2 inches. We had our 7 fish at 4:15 and were just looking at trying to upgrade the 15incher. It was not to be. 2nd day weight was 14.60 for total 2-day weight of 28.68 lbs. We looked on the board and see that Leon and Leo Houle had pulled a 21.00 lbs. for day 2 with only 9 lbs. for day one. It is about as good as it gets for a 1-day weight or we would have taken 2nd place. But 3rd will work for us that?s for sure. It paid out 15,00 bucks. We have tried for 5 years to get in the money let alone take 3rd place just 2 lbs. out of 1st. You will fish against the best of the best in this tournament. All and all it was the hardest I had ever worked in any tournament. I do not think we sat down for 10 minutes either day. Pitching and pulling the anchor over 100 times in two days was a lot of work, but we do truly enjoy the competition in this tournament. I will be taking a little break from the fishing for a few days. I have been on the water for 8 straight days with the rain and the wind, and I need to let my body recover. It is nothing like it was when I was younger. The body cant take the pounding as good as it use too. Thanks to everyone who cheered us on for 2 days. It was nice to experience the support that we have from our friends and family. Little did we know that Patti and the crew watched us through the spotting scope for hours as we did our thing out front. It was really cool.

The secret lure was a 1/32nd ounce green jig under a bobber if we had wind in 16 to 9 ft of water Without the wind we switched over to a plain green hook and went on top of the reefs. That?s where we found them. That?s how we fished them.

I will be in touch in a few days when I recover. I do not know about you, but with all of this rain I am starting to feel like a mushroom.

Be safe

Rock
Mille Lacs Lake - Sunday, June 5, 2005
By: on 06/05/2005 2:23 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics.

Finally some good news on the bite. I was out all this week checking all and I mean all of my spots on the lake! The walleyes are now starting to show up on the deep gravel and the rock reefs at night. Rocky Reef gave up its bounty on Saturday night, with every one catching at least 9 fish in a hour or so. Many of them were in the 17 to 18 inch range, with some 26 ands 27 inchers mixed in. the wave wacker tournament is this Thursday and Friday. You know what that means. Many hours of fishing ahead for me this week. I will have a much better handle on what is going on by Wednesday. The gravel has not put out many fish as of yet, but I am sure that they will as the water temps get in the upper 60s. The temp as of Sunday was 56 degrees. I was up on the mud flats on Saturday afternoon and did see some fish. They were non-biters. I fished them for a couple hours. The best bite that I have found so far is the bobber bite on the rock piles or out on the deep gravel humps in front of the resort with a small leech and a small 1/32 oz. Jig. If you have some wind use the jigs. Otherwise if there isn?t any wind, just use a plain or a colored #6 hook. Green worked with the cloud cover on Saturday. So did red. I also did some plainer boarding on Friday with #7 deep running shads. We did not get any slot fish, but we did get some nice 26 and 27 inchers out on Sloppy Joe?s over 30 ft. of water running the baits down 10 to 17 ft. at 190 ft back. Not the fish I am looking for this week. I will be posting the wave wacker results on Friday night after the weigh in. Hopefully Jordy and I will win this sucker.

Be safe

We will see you

When we see you

Rock
Mille Lacs Lake - Monday, May 30, 2005
By: on 05/30/2005 8:08 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics.

The weekend was wet and windy until Sunday, then the sun came out and it was great to have some sun shining for a change. The fishing has started to pick up on the reefs in the evening, I hate to say it, but the morning and daytime bite is still very slow. I did make the trip up to the north end 15 miles by water on Sunday morning. We did catch some fish up there until about noon and then the bite was pretty much over. There are a lot of small fish in the 8 to 10 inch class. We did get some 17 and 18-inch fish, but most of them were small fish. We did keep 7 fish from 15 to 18 inches. We fished for nine hours to get them. There were a few larger fish caught around us. Not many for having 400 boats around you, all trying to catch the same fish in the same area. If I have to fish in a crowd like that again this year, or for that matter. Ever, it will be too soon. I personally hate to fish with a crowd! It was not the fishing Mecca that I have been hearing over the past week. I still think that the bite will turn on down here in the next few days or so. We are just a little behind schedule. Do not lose faith in the rocks, I am seeing more fish on the rocks every day. There are some fish out on Sloppy Joe?s and on the gravel in 30 ft of water. I am going to be on the water all this week to put something together for the wave wacker tournament on the 8th and 9th of June. I will be updating the report all week. So stay tuned for a much better report soon.

Same Bat Time

Same Bat Channel

Be safe

Rock
Mille Lacs Lake - Wednesday, May 25, 2005
By: on 05/25/2005 11:57 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Check out the photo album for some great shots of the waterspouts on the lake on May 4th. There are some great pics.

The weekend was a little bit better than last weekend. Water temps are starting to get into the lower 50s. The fishing is starting to pick up out in 21 to 24 ft of water out in front of the resort. Vineland Bay is starting to give up some fish also on lindy rigs and leeches or minnows out in 16 to 21 ft of water. I have heard a few guys are getting some fish on the sand up on the north end of the lake on lindy rigs and minnows. Some of the guys were pulling large leather back minnows out of Malmo and doing fairly well as well as garrison reef. There are not a lot of numbers as of yet, 4 to 6 fish per day. Hopefully that will all change with some warmer more stable weather. It has been a weird season as far as seeing fish on the screen at their normal haunts, or even down on the bottom were they should be. I think that as the water warms up that will all change. I was out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night on the reef and there are more fish being caught every night. Try bobbering up with fat heads instead of leeches, it seems to be a better bite on the minnows as the water is still curling up the leeches. The dock bite has been slow ever since the weather has turned cold. Something else to try is trolling over deep water on planer boards with a deep running #5 shad rap. The fish are just not down on the bottom where you would normally think they would be. They seem to be in the upper 10 ft of the water column from what I saw on Saturday, which is hard to see if you are going over the top of them with your boat motor. They are spooked long before you could ever see them on the graph. I was using my electric on Saturday out over some of the deep-water gravel in 26 to 28 ft and started to mark fish just 8 to 10 ft down. They were some very distinctive walleye hooks. Of course I did not have any crank baits in the boat so I could not try out the crank baits then, but I will do it this week. If you can get out this week, try it and pull them as slow as you can 1.0 mph or slower with the colder water. I have looked all over the place for fish, and they seem to have disappeared from the bottom third of the water column. With millions of walleyes in the lake they do not just disappear, I think that we just get stuck in our old ways and do not try stuff that we would normally think was just plane crazy to try. When they are not always where we think they should be, it is time to try something different. I will be going out this week to try out the trolling theory 8 to 10 ft down on plainer board. Whether it works or not I will definitely post it on the web. With memorial weekend coming up, hopefully the weather will level out and warm up the water so we can do some serious catching of some serious hogs.

Be safe

We will see you

When we see you

Rock
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