Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: For Mille Lacs muskies, head shallow for transition

By Matt Treno
Lake Mille Lacs muskie tend to push up out of the deeper water this time of year, and that seems to be upon us now.

It happens as our air and water temperatures drop. The muskies like to push up shallow for a couple of weeks.

They tend to be coming in from 30 to 35 feet of water out in open water or deeper weeds, and will push onto the shallower weeds and shalower sand flats in 2 to 8 feet of water.

The best baits are bucktails and shallow-running crankbaits, as well as some topwater baits. One of the best tips I can give for these fish is to use long casts. These shallower fish can spook easily. So longer casts are beneficial in sneaking up on them.

Treno is a multi-species fishing guide, known for his muskie expertise on Lake Mille Lacs. Check out his website at or reach him at (612) 619-5690.

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