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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: On Mille Lacs, mind your tackle, bait to maximize your chances

By Bruce Jean

It’s been a jig or rig bite with this cold water, but if things follow the forecast, Mille Lacs’ waters should soon be warming.

That will shift things to a slip bobber bite, which sounds simple enough. But there are some things I like to remind my clients about, matters that do make a difference in how many fish come over the side.

I’ll be advising my anglers to keep their leech about four to six inches from the bottom of the lake. It’s important to check often to make sure it is at the proper depth. You don’t want your leech sitting on hte bottom of the lake.

In general, it helps to know your gear. That may always be true, but particularly with slip bobbers. Find a slip knot brand that holds to your line well and is a smaller profile that doesn’t catch on your rod eye when casting. Use a bead, which makes it easier to see what is going on. And make sure your knot is tied well. Good luck!

Jean, of Rainy Lake Guiding, fishes on Rainy, Mille Lacs and other lakes around the state. He can be reached at or (763) 238-7507.

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