My Third Six-Plus from Mille Lacs

My Third Six-Plus from Mille Lacs
Nate Smutka with a 21-inch 6-pound Smallmouth Bass

Nate Smutka with a 21-inch 6-pound Smallmouth Bass

Nathan Smutka

Hutchinson MN




Species: Smallmouth Bass

Date Caught: 07/30/2011

Kept / Released: Released


Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: 21"

Weight: 6 pounds (est.)


Lure / Bait used: Lure | Brown crayfish #5 Rapala Jointed Shad Rap

The shallow rock crayfish bite on Mille Lacs is on. My son, Troy, and I spent the weekend trolling #5 Jointed Shad Raps along shallow rock reefs in six to ten feet of water. We caught walleyes up to 27 inches, dozens of perch up to 12 inches, and several smallies including this 21-incher, which had a 15-inch girth! This is my third smallie over six pounds, all caught on Mille Lacs. This fish was released, as were the other two.

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