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Monday, June 16, 2014

Hey Mille Lacs Walleye Fishermen, It Isn't Smallmouth Eating Your Fish

The Pioneer Press put it like this:

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Crayfish, crayfish, crayfish.
"Smallmouth were the easiest to figure out," Parsons said. "The diet that was observed was dominated by crayfish -- significantly more than half in the summer. In the fall, they ate a few more fish. Smallmouth really don't eat a lot of fish, but if they do eat them, they'll generally eat yellow perch, and occasionally bluegill, crappie, darters and shiners. The proportion of walleye they eat is very small."

Oh coarse, what the DNR says will have zero impact on what some of these walleye fisherman think. I heard it this Spring from a guy. "Those damn smallmouth are eating machines and they will eat anything" is what the guy said.  It may be true they are eating machines, but your typical small walleye isn't doing things that put it on a smallmouth basses radar screen as far as being smallmouth forage, so walleye's don't typically show up in a smallies stomach.  But like I said, with some guys facts don't matter one bit.

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