Crack the Muskie Mark
Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota
Fish to Beat:
56 ⁷⁄₈ inches catch-and-release or 56 lb. certified weight
Comprising more than 130,000 acres of water, Lake Mille Lacs can be daunting to fish. But the rewards are great when it comes to trophy muskies.
“They are trolling open-water mud flats that were previously unknown to walleye anglers.”
“Mille Lacs has its own standards,” says Minnesota guide John Hoyer. “A fish isn’t considered to be big until it reaches 55 inches.”
According to Hoyer, there have been eight to 10 fish caught on the lake that would have toppled the state record, which is 56 pounds. But all of those anglers released their fish.
“Anglers have recently patterned these big fish in open water during the early season. They are trolling open-water mud flats that were previously known to walleye anglers.” Hoyer recommends Headlock cranks by Supernatural Baits.
The catch-and-release record is susceptible to falling at any point in the season, and that’s really the record that you want to target. Just make sure to have a measuring board in your boat that runs to 60 inches and that you get the fish back in the water quickly.
For more information:
For lodging, check out Mcquoids Resort’s website (mcquoidsinn.com). For fishing information, contact John Hoyer (hoyerfishing.com).