Monday, January 30th, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Transition time for Mille Lacs muskies

By Matt Treno

Years of guiding experience: 15

Favorite lakes: Mille Lacs and Minnetonka

It’s been an interesting summer so far on Mille Lacs for those of us that chase muskies. With the warm weather earlier this summer, we had already seen muskies head out to the open water. But cooler weather in the last week or so pushed them back into the weeds.

We have been finding them in the deep cabbage weeds, in the 10 to 16 foot range, seeking out the newest cabbage growth, which holds the yellow perch with muskies right behind them. Bucktails and small mid-diving crankbaits in perch or black have worked best. The topwater bite has been pretty decent, too.

They’ll soon be transitioning back out to the open lake, where they will spend most of the summer. The next step is generally 18 to 25 feet of water before they go deeper than 30 feet, as they transition their diets from perch to tullibees. We’ll shift to bigger tullibee-looking baits or really bright lures in chartreuse and orange.

Treno is a multi-species guide. Check out his website at or reach him at 612-619-5690.

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