Sadly you can’t get a McRib in the Spring, but Smallmouth Bass are ready to feed! So wipe the Big Mac crumbs out of your mustache, wash it all down with your Mountain Dew and get to Mille Lacs!
After a long dark winter, I’m ready to get out as soon as the water opens. I start out by looking for shallow flats and relatively shallow humps on my sonar and I set up shop at the first break in 8-12’ of water.
I always recommend a slow, steady retrieve when fishing baits on Mille Lacs in the Spring. Fish are still moving slowly waking up from the Winter so the slow, steady retrieve is key.
As far as my gear, here is a list of the best fishing tackle for a Spring trip to Mille Lacs. Give them all a try and I guarantee you’ll get bit!
2Storm 360GT Rattling Head Pre-Rigged Swimbait (use natural colors) – Smelt ($4.99/jig head + 3 tails)
3Storm 360GT Rattling Head Pre-Rigged Swimbait – Volunteer ($4.99/jig head + 3 tails)
4Outkast Golden Eye Swimmer Head – 1/4 oz. or 3/8 oz., Green Pumpkin ($5.69/pack of 2)
5BioSpawn ExoSwim Swimbait – Feider Shad ($5.49/pack of 6)
6BioSpawn ExoSwim Swimbait – Green Pumpkin ($5.49/pack of 6)
7Outkast Feider Fly Hand-Tied Tungsten Marabou Jig – Black ($9.69/pack of 2)
Those are my 10 favorite lures, baits, gear and tackle for hitting Mille Lacs once the ice clears! Hot tip: if you come and go from the Southwest, there’s a great McDonalds in Garrison, Minnesota where you can pick up another Big Mac on the way home and dream about the return of the McRib.