My wife and I just recently took a trip to the Red Door Resort on Mille Lacs Lake with 2 other couples who are good friends of ours. The weekend was filled with fish, food, and good times.
As we made our way up there Friday afternoon we stopped for lunch and found out one of the couples would not be able to make it untill the following morning. After lunch we continued our way to the lake. Made a quick stop at Johnson’s Portside Bait and Tackle in Isle for bait and another quick stop at Nitti’s Hunters Point Resort to see a friend and pick up a new rod from him.
As we pulled into the Red Door I started to get excited to get my wife on the ice as she has never caught a fish from this lake and I knew she was determined to grind the lake out untill this happened. We quickly checked into our cabin and unloaded the trucks of our bags and hit the lake.
We decided to try a smaller flat about 3 miles out from shore that had a 31′ hole in the middle of it and boy did it pay out! Jeff and I started drilling holes in a big circle around and through the hole in the flat and before long we had fish topside. While we were drilling Lisa and Amy started to drop lines in and as if the fish had heard my thoughts my wife hooked into a beautiful Mille Lacs walleye. Funny part is, is this walleye bit her depth bomb and held on for dear life untill he hit the ice! The look on my wifes face was enough for me, if had we not seen another fish all weekend I couldn’t have cared less. She got her first walleye on Mille Lacs.
As the evening progressed I managed to miss 3 fish and ice 3 more walleyes and a rogue fat crappie that in my opinion was incredibly lost. Around midnight we returned to the cabin for some hot dish and cribbage.
The next morning we headed down to Nitti’s for the United Way tournament and met up with Tyler and Nikki. We decided to head back to the same spot we were at the night before. We marked fish consistently but was unable to convince them to bite. Tyler and I decided to move just off of the flat into the basin and within 10 minutes Tyler managed to hook into a big fish. After what seemed like an eternity we caught a glimps of a monster walleye on the end of the line. With a little coaxing and some luck he iced a 27 3/4″ walleye. After some quick pics and some high fives she was safely released back into the water. This was the only fish caught that day.
That night we took a break from fishing and found ourselves at The Good Life Cafe on Liberty Beach for dinner and drinks. Then we returned to the cabin for more games.
The next morning my wife and I headed out for one last quick expedition before heading home. We tried a flat about 1 mile south of where we were the day before and within the first few minutes I was able to ice another pig walleye and my wife lost one that we can only assume was comparable to mine.
After that we headed home back to our kids with another great weekend of fish and memories behind us. We are all already planning our next trip to Mille Lacs Lake.
Kyle “Willow Daddy” Lynn