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Mille Lacs trip

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Heading to Mille Lacs for the 1st time in many years! Not familiar with anything in the area since I was a little guy the last time I was there(25 years ago). Looking for a little info on boat ramps, bait, areas to fish, anything that might be helpful to a first timer. Am used to fishing big water with having numerous trips to Lake of the Woods so boat size and experience is not a problem, just want to try a different body of water. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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