Post By: tmdavis2941 Posted: 1/2/2021 10:34:40 PMPoints: 24
My two sons and son-in-law hit the mile on 12/30, the morning temp was -10 but didn't seem too bad. We parked at cross creek and walked about 300 yds and set up in about 9-11 ft of water. We caught two bows right off the bat, then it went silent until we left around 2PM. This was my first trip to the mile and I would love some advice on this lake. What is the preferred set up, depth of water that is ideal and locations that are hot spots. Thank you so much in advance, trying to get some boys some fish.
Reply by: chodeman Posted: Jan. 3, 12:09:04 AM Points: 957
The Mile is an odd duck. I've had luck in 6fow all the way to 40fow. Plus it has been known for producing monsters to producing skunks. Best advise is don't be afraid to move locations and to try as many baits as possible until you find what is working. I will say my go to color there is pink/white tipped with waxies or mealworms usually inches from the bottom
went to eleven mile today got skunked again for the third straight time was at Howbert point with no luck found out they are filling the lake since last Wednesday so bite will be off. gonna try again before the weekend and hopefully catch something lol remember keep your lines tight
The bite shouldnít be affected much at all with the additional water. Itís been my experience the fish can be relatively mobile, and once you find a decent spot, you will be rewarded by sticking it out. Iíve also found a dead-stick will also be more productive, especially on a light bite. You need to give them what they want in the way they want it to be successful, especially at the Mile. Good Fishing! Ski
Skunkmile seems to be an appropriate name this year. I've been there 3 days this year with other people fishing as well and landed 1 fish total. Have tried multiple locations and depths. We mark some on the fish finder but they just don't bite. Have thrown everything in the box at them. This is contrary to the marina reports that trout fishing is "good". Have never seen as many fisherman as this year, so the pressure cannot be helping.
Even saw some guys fish 8 hours with jigging machines for kokes and they came up empty. If anyone has any tips on what jigs or spoons are producing would love to hear about it.
The lake being so low combined with the amount of fishing pressure it has had this year has certainly had an impact. Iíve iced it a dozen times this year and it is noticeably slower. I marked and caught less than half of what is typical. Theyíre still in there but way more effort seems to be required to catch them. Look at a map and find the depth and/or structure you want to fish and take a long walk. There are a lot of areas that donít have a parking lot next to them, find those and you will have a better chance.
Simple answer from my end... Early ice, when it freezes to mid-december you can't keep the fish off the line, once toward end of December reaches, those fish roam lake wide and are a lot more selective on their feeding. Sure the pressure does matter a bit but I think those fish are in deeper parts of the water and roaming lake wide. This same pattern has repeated for me 3 years over and over. Each trip this year has resulted 8 to 10 fish until ice gets to about 10 inches late December then i catch 2 if I'm lucky.
Fine example above my post. Ark Angler marked a lot just not get them to bite as much the fish are still there just hard to entice
I agree with FishHunt. the fish are extremely selective and finicky. What works one day, wonít necessarily work the next, so one day jigging is the best bet, and dead-sticking is the answer. Donít get discouraged, get away from the crowds, and donít be afraid to change it up. Your ďfavorite ď lure might not always be the best option. I had days when a jig will work when tipped with a waxie, then other days when a meal worm or bit of shrimp tipping the lure rings the dinner bell. Itís always a challenge at the Mile, but thatís why I like fishing it!
Thanks for the replies. I would love to try the early ice sometime but am nervous about breaking through. I agree with SirGreg that there are only 75 fish left in the lake and 500 fishermen on any given day.