Sorry I'm not a smallmouth guy at all, but if I were I would start at 3 mile reef in the South East side of the lake.
MOON PHASE (19%)
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
This is actually from last Saturday which was not the day to be fishing on Mille Lacs. It was raining and blowing terrible there were 4-5 foot waves where we were. I took two buddies fishing and that is where they wanted to go. Bummer. Tried what I would call normal conditions. It was to windy for spinners, so we pulled out the lead core and crankbaits. Deep divers, no luck. Tried different baits from 28-30 feet of water. Nothing. So I decided to go in shallow running paralle with the waves. Ran smaller baits, 14-18 feet of water in the gravel. We found them. We ended up catching about 20 cookie cutter walleyes all in the 16-18 inch range. It was great to see this size fish in a lake that doesn't have any walleyes in it!!
MOON PHASE (85%)
MOON PHASE (38%)
76° - 80° F
71° - 75° F
If you enjoy catchin big fish, you have to get to Mille Lacs. Again this year it is on fire. Still catching fish leeches rigging or bobbers, crawlers on spinners, and crankbaits. We've been catching small fish in the 16-18 inch range as well which is nice to see for a lake that does not have any Walleyes in it.
Memorial Day week end report. Fished the entire weekend and caught fish. Not a ton of fish, but all very nice fish. Sizes from 22" to 26", averaging on the larger side. Also 2 bass, and a Pike. We caught fish on alot of different techniques from spinners, jigs, deep, shallow. Everything seemed to work just didn;t find any numbers.
MOON PHASE (1%)
61° - 65° F
I caught only 2 fish during opening weekend, but one was a 27-inch walleye. I caught it on the north shore in about 15-feet of water using a minnow.
On May 12 at sunset, a buddy caught at 32-inch northern pike on a large shiner in about 10 feet of water. Another buddy landed 22- and 18-inch walleyes with minnows in the same depth.
Otherwise, it was pretty slow for us. Other boats seems to be catching 'em though.
Group of 5 did a one night sleeper last thursday, I got skipped the overnight bite and got there at 7am for the morning bite. They missed two overnight so it was pretty slow though they didn't get there till after dark. Morning bite was good IMO, a couple slot walleye and a thick 28 1/2". Tullibee were also active and kept us busy. Packed up by 10AM to head north for the weekend. Fished 30 fow with all fish caught on spoons tipped with a full minnow.