By Dan Johnson

Heading into the New Year’s holiday, Minnesota’s mighty Mille Lacs Lake is producing steady action for a mixed bag of species.

Lindy pro staffer Mike Christensen of Hunter Winfield’s Resort reports that walleye action is decent on deep structural sweet spots such as mud flats and gravel. The night bite has been best in recent days, with early mornings and late afternoon a close second. By day, depths of 28 to 34 feet of water have been kicking out the most fish, with walleyes moving shallower to feed at night, making 18- to 24-foot depths a better option once darkness falls.

“There are oodles of two- to three-year-old walleyes, which bodes well for the future,” he notes. As a result, many fish in the 9- to 12-inch range are being taken, along with decent numbers of 14- to 16-inch fish, with a few larger fish mixed in.

Top tactics include a Lindy Rattl’n Flyer Spoon tipped with larvae or a minnow head, which will take jumbo perch as well as walleyes. “Tip-ups are also good right now, especially for big walleyes,” he adds. “While setting up on structure for the evening bite, we’re setting lines with a small sucker minnow on a Frostee Jig, and picking up 24- to 26-inch walleyes.”

Besides perch and walleyes, Mille Lacs is giving up fair numbers of northern pike, tullibees and eel pout, Christensen reports. And in large weedy bays, such as Isle Bay, slab crappies are another option. “They can be tricky to trigger,” he says, offering a Lindy Tungsten Toad tipped with a small plastic or waxworm as a top option for fish weighing upwards of one pound apiece.