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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.​

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Mille Lacs Baby!!

Travis Frank

travis fishin winter 06 307.jpgHey Dingy are you sure you aren't a Muskie fisherman???

The reports heading up there didn't sound too promising, however with my first free day to head up and throw for some giants, I wasn't about to pass on the chance.   We hit the water very early on Saturday morning to absolutely beautiful conditions.  As you can see, for Mille Lacs it was quite calm, but the storms were closing the distance.  With these factors to our advantage I pretty much told Dingy (Tim Dingwall) that we were going to get some action.  About 5 minutes into the morning we saw our first fish, and 10 minutes after that we landed the first, and largest of the day.  It was Dingy's first out of Mille Lacs and a true beauty measuring 47.5''.  We worked the same stretch of water that we were on for the next 45 minutes raising 4 more fish with Dingy landing another travis fishin winter 06 315.jpgbeauty at 45".  I guess it was his day to shine, even though he mainly wanted to be on the water for the elusive Walleyes. 

Our next mission to accomplish after already puttin the whoopin to the ski's was to get in on the hot Smallmouth Bass bite that was taking place.  Well, I'm not sure if I would say it was hot action, but we did have action, and we landed some dandies.  After holding out for about 3 hours on the water, I finally sensed that Dingy just had to get out on those mud flats and drag a worm for his best friends (the Walleyes), so that is exactly what we did.  We spent the rest of the day jumping from mud flats to rocks, deep to shallow and pretty much finding fish in all of the locations.  The shallow rock bite that I had anticipated was fouled up by others.  Apparently throwing a 20lb anchor over the boat in 3 feet of water will scare fish away, who knew???  travis fishin winter 06 323.jpgWe caught most of our fish on the mud flats in depths ranging from 20 feet during midday, and up on top in 17 feet during the lowlight/storm periods. 

After it was all said and done, we did exactly what we came to do.  We caught some true Mille Lacs giants in Muskie, Walleye and Smallmouth.  This lake never gets old, nor does it ever seem to run out of possibilities or spots, and the best part, if one specie isn't biting, there is another biting somewhere on the water.  We didn't quite put in a full day on the water due to storms that chased us off in the afternoon, however we caught several trophy caliber fish from every category.  Another great day on Mille Lacs. Thanks Dingy!!