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16 ft boat on Mille Lacs?


    Planning on fishing Mille Lacs for the first time with a 16 foot boat 25 horse Johnson. Little hesitant don't exactly want to sink the boat have a buddy that's fish Mille Lacs quite often he wants to be up there early tomorrow morning. He's saying the wind should be around 11 miles an hour and with a drift sock we will be just fine. Anybody have any Insight on that would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Oh and almost forgot to mention the boat seems a little heavy on the front end that's the main reason I am slightly concerned about it?

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If you are comfortable in your boat and trust the motor you should be fine. Just watch the weather reports, especially concerning the wind speed. Normally, the first month or so of the season, you don't need to be more than 1/2 mile out or so from shore, especially on the north side. I used to go out in a 16' Lund with a 25 for years. Got nervous a couple of times. Now, I'm in a 19' with a 150 and still watch the weather.


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Hello from Malmo Mike,

I grew up on Mille Lacs in Malmo Bay area. We have lake shore homes south of Castaways. We have been on the lake since I was a small kid in 1954.

My advice or two cents worth:

The use of a good 16 foot Lund or Aluma Craft type Boat with a reliable 25 hp outboard is just fine for Mille Lacs Lake bays on local shore area structure fishing. As long as you fish the known bays and structure areas within 1.5 miles of shore you are fine.  You must have a well maintained engine to ensure you can get off the water if a storm approaches. Period. 

But you must respect Mille Lacs Lake if weather is approaching! Get Off promptly to fish another day.

Mille Lacs does not take prisoners in cold water conditions!  

I stongly recommend Eddy Lybeck's Marine for an engine inspection or the Hubberty's Marine shop as well. FYI, Eddy Lybeck's Marine is just north of Isle on Hwy 47 near Portside; and The Hubberty's shop is a little further north also on Hwy 47 on the west side of the road.  

A 16 foot boat is usually fine for fishing flats and mud bars but you have to allow more time to get off the lake if a storm is anywhere in sight or forecast... Look to the northwest for the trouble usually. 

I personally fish bays and up to 18 feet of water with my 18 foot Aluma Craft powered by a 125 hp Mercury but I can GET OFF the lake when needed at near 40 mph. 

Good luck. 

Malmo Mike


-- Edited by MCallies on Friday 29th of December 2017 02:58:25 PM

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Malmo Mike Callies
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