By Dan Johnson

Sag-bellied yellow perch are a top draw on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake, where Lindy pro staffer Mike Christensen of Hunter Winfield’s Resort reports solid catches of fish up to 13 inches in length are being taken on Lindy Frostee Jigging Spoons from 30 to 34 feet of water on the northeast corner of the lake.

“The fish are roaming soft-bottom areas along the breakline,” he says, noting that mornings and afternoons have yielded the most consistent action. Since the perch are prone to wandering the vicinity of the drop-off, he also advises to keep moving if you’re not marking fish on sonar.

“Some days they slide up onto the sandy side, and other times they wander out a little deeper, so it pays to look around.”

On the walleye front, anglers working the night shift in 24 to 34 feet of water have enjoyed the best action, though Christensen rates the overall bite as inconsistent. Top tactics after darkness falls include a shiner, chub or small sucker minnow rigged on a Lindy Frostee Jig. By day, Christensen favors a Lindy Rattl’n Flyer Spoon or Frostee Jigging Spoon tipped with larvae or a minnow head.

Mille Lacs is also producing good numbers of northern pike, primarily in the weedy bays.

“But once in awhile a 35- to 40-inch fish surprises you in deep water,” Christensen laughs. “Crappie action is consistent on a number of smaller local lakes. The fish are suspended over depths of 30 to 80 feet. If you keep moving, it’s possible to put together a nice bucket of fish up to 11 inches on small Rattl’n Flyers, Frostee Jigging Spoons and Tungsten Toads.”