When I fished shoreline the smallies were 6-7 inches, I never saw a 6inch smallie. Moved out to 15-20 feet and got them, didn't weigh but were nice plump smallies. Shouldn't have said, lots, caught only 4. But was impressed with the lake, but no panfish, weeds (lily pads only along shore). I fish Squash for smallies and Sturgeon Bay. Was heading to try Manson, but the landing is a mess. I fly fish only and only eat Haddock!!! Enjoy gills and crappies, hit a mudhole last spring, 10 ft & 90 acres and filled with mill foil west of Rhinelander. First crappie 10 inches and up to 14 inches! Went back this year and got a 17 incher. Can't understand why that lake doesn't freeze out. My largest crappie is 19 & 7/8 inches, 3 lbs. That's in ARK. where I spend my winters-no one in ARK looks at 12 inchers! Tight lines. oh, I fish deep with sink tip line.
Fly rod man, I think you need a reality check or a different scale. Average fish in this lake is about 9", even a 16" will run only about 2lbs. They're so thin and starved. If you were getting 3-4 lbers you were not on Mildred.??
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1st time fishing Mildred- Very pretty lake . Lots of smallmouth, all 3-4 lbs.
Thanks again for the information, your input and history. I checked with the WI DNR and found this report.
I appreciate the information on the Lake Association. There is a Comprehensive Lake Management Plan on the website. It was produced in 2013 and it appears the WI DNR has been actively involved with the Lake Association. After ready the plan, the underlying issue is that Lake Mildred is simply not able to produce enough "food" to sustain an abundant, diverse fishery. So I don't know what can be done. Perhaps encouraging anglers to keep smallmouth bass or a "slot size" limit would lead to increasing their size while reducing their numbers. It is certainly worth further investigation.
We use to vacation on this lake when I was a kid some 50 years ago (Richwalskis resort). New nothing about fishing back then but you could put a worm under a bobber and catch all of the nice sized bluegills you wanted. Sorry to hear that the pan fish population has changed over the years.
The pier has been removed from the launch since June. When we got all that rain, the lake level was up 2 feet over the pier and it was never put back in. I fished this lake for only a couple of hours in late May and saw smallies in shallows but never got any in the boat. It is beautiful lake and very clear but launching your boat will be a challenge.
SKZ, if your friend joins the Lake Association perhaps he can educate them. They have a sign by the launch now "release em, let em grow" with a smb picture. They apparently think the bass are so small cuz people keep all the big ones, not true. What they need is NO SIZE LIMIT, 15 FISH LIMIT. They are starving! There are WAY too many little smallies in that lake for any growth to occur. Ask the folks on Lake Tomahawk what happened there when the smallies took over. Mildred is a very small lake, no way can it support the population of smallies it has.
Thank you bassbill.
SJZ, I've fished Mildred quite a few times since moving up here 7 years ago. At first it was a good lake for 16"-18" smb but over the past 4 years it's become over run with stunted smallies. There are very few panfish in the lake and fewer baitfish. Don't think there's enough forage in the lake for the smallies to reach decent size, there's just too many of them. It's still a fun lake if you enjoy catching 6"-12" fish. I've had 100 fish days with not one of legal size. There are some nice tiger muskies in the lake. I've had 3 of them t-bone smallies as I was reeling them in. The far west end has weeds and there are quite a few LMB there but again, no size ,10"-12". There's supposed to be walleye but I've never caught one, I normally leave about 5pm. The lake is super clear and rocky, maybe after dark you'd get some. All in all, it's a fun lake but LOTS of small fish except for musky.
Sorry, this is not a report. A friend of mine purchased a place on this lake and I'm curious as to the fishery and lake composition. Nothing has been posted in 3 years so I'm looking for any information on the lake as little exists. Sounds like the lake level was down about 4' some years ago and that smallmouth bass are popular.
I'll do some investigating on the WI DNR website for stocking information, lake studies, etc. If anyone would care to share some recent reports, it would be appreciated. We will probably fish it next spring. You may message me if you prefer. Thanks!