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The fish first appeared with only its first couple of inches of nose showing. I grabbed my spear and told my buddy, "there's a nice one under us." Just as I got done saying that the muskie move forward a foot so as we could see a foot of it's body. Simultaneously my buddy and I say, "MUSKIE!" in kinda a hush voice. I set down the spear and grabbed the camera and was able to get a few pics.

photo #1) The muskie eyed-up the decoy sucker, but not hungry today.

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2) Exit, stage left

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3) coming back for a second look.

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4) Guessing she was about 35"

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5)She went back from where she came, the depths.

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6)This is a pike photo from a little while ago. I added it here to give a comparison of how light a muskie looks under water. NOT the greatest comparison, wish I woulda taken a pic of a pike today.

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7)I took this photo a couple days ago, on different waters than today. I was waiting for Ms. Big and was passing a few fish up. I am not sure what's up with it's eye. About a 24 inch fish. Also a VERY light colored northern pike. Notice that this fish looks a light green and the muskie is more a gray or silver.

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8)This healthy 21" bass decided to not let me get settled in. Ended up catching this bass, one slightly smaller, and played keep away from a third fish. All C & R.

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None of these fish were speared. Did get two carp today.

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nice

That is cool that you were saying about 35" on that one.

That is about what I was thinking too.

I assumed the sucker was about 10"

I spear in water that is a little less clear than that, but it is amazing how the sun reflects off the lighter fish (and objects) and they almost glow in the water (I think the reflection illuminates the particles in the less clear water). I don't think the camera shows all of that effect.

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9)"normal" pike to the left-up. The trash washed into the hole during that last warm weather we had. I got as much out as I could before I left.

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10)for comparison, the "light" tone funcky-eyed pike. It's swimming over the decoy, not biting it.

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11)a pic for beginners who may not understand. A normal "medium" sucker on hook to the left. An average sized "decoy" sucker on pin to the right.

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12)The Puppet Show. laughlaughgrin Show only lasted a minute wink

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13) Two inch largemouth.

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The muskie pics and some others are in some remarkably clear water, 6 FOW.

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Thanks for the compliments everyone. I owe it all to the fish.

...I don't think the camera shows all of that effect.

Camera definitely does not show all of that effect. I am just a rookie with a $100 camera, and feel lucky just to be able to get pictures to turn out Ok. After noticing moisture build-up on the camera,( see Bass pic), I am not sure how long this picture taking stuff will last.

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Bns, it'll have to wait till morning.

thanks. please post it there!

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BnS, on second look that is a thread about size limits on pike. I will try and add them to the thread about closed-to-spearing lakes. Since those lakes are closed to protect brood stock muskie, I would think the photos would be better suited on that thread. If you wish to post a link to these pics on a post in the thread you linked to, go for it. I don't see the point.

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Outstanding photos and thanks for sharing. It's so fun to get a look into nature's/God's aquarium.

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BnS, on second look that is a thread about size limits on pike. I will try and add them to the thread about closed-to-spearing lakes. Since those lakes are closed to protect brood stock muskie, I would think the photos would be better suited on that thread. If you wish to post a link to these pics on a post in the thread you linked to, go for it. I don't see the point.

i would like to post it there becuase there talking about how you can tell the difference from a muskie to a pike!

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See I still think it would be a great idea to put this on a card of some kind of signage. Guy like yourself or me its easy to tell, but what about the newbys to the sport? Great pics must of been very exciting!

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honestly, you shouldnt be doing the sport if you dont know the difference between all the fish!

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I agree but how many don't even keep up with current regulations. Alot of people don't know the difference if they have it in thier hands much less in the water. I Know the muskie on plant was poached that is not MY point. Just thought it may help.

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See I still think it would be a great idea to put this on a card of some kind of signage. Guy like yourself or me its easy to tell, but what about the newbys to the sport? Great pics must of been very exciting!

And while your at it make one with a picture of a deer on it.

One with antlers..... one with out.......

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Opps sorry must of forgot no new people join your sport or what? Little things go along way. Why so combative?

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Opps sorry must of forgot no new people join your sport or what? Little things go along way. Why so combative?

It's not that... it's just that we have been though this once already. If we can get a contact at the DNR to post it on their webpage I think it would be a good idea.

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I agree but how many don't even keep up with current regulations.

anglers are just as bad I warned 4 guys this year about the one pike over thirty rule this year and the same answer was recived from each one of them I didnt know that was the law. so it is just plain ignorance of some people that ruins things on both sides of the tracks.

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    • Minnesota DNR News
      For Immediate Release:
      July 21, 2017
      In This Issue

      Conserving Mille Lacs walleye population requires regulation changes

      Mille Lacs Lake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for summer 2017

      Conserving Mille Lacs walleye population requires regulation changes

      Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will remain closed until Aug. 11 to protect the walleye fishery, and ensure its long-term health and sustainability into the future

      To extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest on Mille Lacs 

      New solutions are being sought to rebuild and sustain a healthy Mille Lacs walleye fishery

      New fisheries data collected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show the total safe harvest allocation for walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake (44,800 pounds) has already been exceeded this season. To protect the fishery and ensure the long-term sustainability of Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population, the DNR announced today that walleye fishing will remain closed until Friday, Aug. 11.

      In order to extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest. Catch-and-release walleye fishing will run from Friday, Aug. 11, through Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day weekend. Walleye fishing will then be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 30.

      As these regulation changes were announced, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr reiterated the state’s commitment to rebuilding and sustaining a healthy walleye fishery in Mille Lacs Lake.

      “Improving the walleye population in Mille Lacs is a top priority for the DNR,” Landwehr said. “We deeply regret the hardships these new regulations will cause for anglers and business owners. But they are essential to protect and enhance the future of walleye fishing in the lake for future generations. We will continue doing everything we can to understand the challenges facing the walleye fishery, and take whatever actions we can to resolve this very difficult situation.”

      Landwehr and DNR fisheries chief Don Pereira noted that allowing for additional catch-and-release fishing in August is essential for area anglers, businesses, and Mille Lacs area communities. The decision to allow for this additional harvest was made with input from the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee.

      “We want to allow as much walleye fishing on Mille Lacs as possible,” Pereira said. “So even though state anglers already have caught their quota of fish, the DNR will dip into the allowed conservation overage to reopen the season on Aug. 11.”

      Through the closure, anglers on Mille Lacs Lake may fish for all other species in the lake including bass, muskellunge and northern pike. When fishing for other species, only artificial baits and lures will be allowed in possession, except for anglers targeting northern pike or muskie, who may fish with sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

      A prohibition on night fishing will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. However, anglers may fish for muskie and northern pike at night, but may only use artificial lures longer than 8 inches or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches. Bowfishing for rough fish also is allowed at night but possession of angling equipment is not allowed and only rough fish may be in possession.

      Understanding walleye fishing quotas on Mille Lacs this year, and why that quota was reached earlier than predicted
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      That agreement allows the state to use a built-in buffer – the 11,000 pounds difference between the 75,000 pounds conservation cap and the 64,000 pounds combined harvest quotas – in an attempt to allow catch-and-release walleye fishing through Labor Day, following the mid-summer closure. Bi-weekly creel surveys show that state anglers already have reached their quota.

      “The DNR is using its full allotment to maximize opportunities to fish for walleye on Mille Lacs without violating our agreement,” Pereira said. “The DNR, just like area businesses, would greatly prefer to not have fishing restrictions in place. But sustaining and stabilizing Mille Lacs’ walleye population is our primary obligation and public responsibility.”

      Continuing the walleye fishing closure will reduce the number of fish that die after being caught and released, a condition known as hooking mortality. The likelihood of fish suffering hooking mortality increases as water temperatures warm.

      High walleye catch rates on Mille Lacs have increased DNR fishing projections. A hot walleye bite attracted more anglers to the lake, resulting in angler effort that is about double what it was in 2016.

      “Cooler than normal temperatures kept hooking mortality rates low, but more anglers fished Mille Lacs, particularly catching walleye longer than 20 inches,” Pereira said. “That increased the poundage of fish caught and put us over our walleye quota.”

      According to the DNR, bigger fish are biting, in part, because there is a shortage of food for larger walleye. Last fall’s assessment showed that larger walleye were thinner than average.

      Mille Lacs’ hot bite also reflects the findings of studies done in many other fisheries that show catchability actually increases when fish population drops. In Mille Lacs, walleye congregate in preferred spots rather than disperse evenly throughout the lake. Fewer fish in the lake means there is more room in the preferred spots for fish to gather, creating a situation where a larger percentage of the population is in position to be caught rather than gathering in a less preferred but less fished area.

      More information about Mille Lacs Lake, the regulation adjustments and management of the fishery is available on the DNR page at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake.

      New solutions are being sought to improve and sustain a healthy walleye fishery
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      DNR encourages Minnesotans to fish for other abundant species on Mille Lacs Lake
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      Bassmaster Magazine named Mille Lacs the nation’s best bass lake in June and will send 50 of the country’s best anglers to the lake In September for its Angler of the Year tournament. Northern pike abound in Mille Lacs, along with muskellunge. In early July, a woman from southern Minnesota caught and released in Mille Lacs what may have been Minnesota’s largest-ever muskellunge.

      To learn more about Mille Lacs Lake and its many great fishing opportunities, visit the DNR page. To plan visit to the Mille Lacs area, visit the Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council page.

      ###

      Mille Lacs Lake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for summer 2017
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      A: The closure that began July 8 and was set to end July 28 is being extended by two weeks. That means walleye fishing will reopen at 6:01 a.m. on Aug. 11 for catch-and-release only through Labor Day. A night fishing closure also will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30.

      Q: How does this affect fishing for other species?

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