I didn't have my tackle organized enough to be at Mille Lacs at midnight because I overslept a couple of hours yesterday but I arrived at Eddy's at around 12:20 AM. As I was driving I thought about my plan to stay until sun up and fish for smallies and decided with it getting so cold tonight that wasn't a good idea. At Eddy's they put up a construction fence up around the whole place including the Marina but the Jetty wasn't blocked off in any way. The lights were off and there was a lot of piled ice where I fish. I could have fished off the center dock, but elected to put on my waders and head to Option #2 where I fished last year. There were a couple of cars there that I parked across the street from. A couple of guys were going to their car while I was getting my stuff ready. I said loudly enough for them to hear. Did you get your limit already. They didn't acknowledge me at all and got in their car and left.
It was right around 12:45 when I got down to the water. I took my jerkbait rod and two rods with swimbaits, one of them being the Abu Garcia Rocket/St. Croix LTB with the Powerbait 4.5" Rib Shad. I put my stuff down where I crossed the road. I could see and hear the two guys were fishing closer to the inlet. I picked up the jerkbait rod and waded pretty much straight out. I tried 3 different jerkbaits to no avail. I didn't see a single walleye which was a bad sign because I saw them last year. At some point the two guys left, but I didn't see or hear them when they did. I got over closer to inlet and actually saw a walleye. I then noticed a guy walking toward the area where my stuff was laying so I quickly walked back. Turns out it was a creel survey guy. He told me he hadn't talked to anyone who got a fish and said the eye's just got done spawning and he thought the eye's were going to be in a post spawn funk. He took the water temp at shore and it was 42 degrees. He wished me good luck and took off.
I picked up the Rocket and on my very first cast I put in the rocks. Luckily I got it unstuck, but the hook was bent. I thought no problem, I'll still be able to hook fish. Wrong! I had several hits but I couldn't get a hook into anything. I suppose it could have been bumping suckers as well. Eventually I went and got the other swimbait rod. I had a few fish just grab the back of the swimbait. Eventually my feet got to cold and I decided to head to the GOMH. I took off my waders, tied a new hook on the Rocket rod and left right at 3AM.
I arrived at the GOMH at about 3:15 and there were two cars who's people were all fishing on the SW side. I went to ask if they caught anything; They said they weren't getting much and didn't have any golden bullheads. Liars, they did get one, which I found out later when more of their friends arrived.
I decided to go to the NE side and started throwing the Rib Shad, that didn't get anything so I switched to swamp gas Havoc Grass Pig and I got this golden bullhead on the first cast.
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