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Hi Guys,

I'm fairly new to the site and to the area. I've been trying a lot of the many lakes the great state of Minnesota has to offer since I've moved up here!!

I've only ice fished Mille Lacs twice, and have never put the boat on the lake. My dad is coming up for the weekend, and would like to give him a good fathers day and get him on some nice eyes. Some help from some others would be great.

My first question is I think we are going to try the North side of the lake, and was wondering what the best ramp to put in would be.(Is there a cost to launch the boat?)

Second, I am looking at the map of the lake, and finally realize how big the lake is!!! I'm wondering if any one could give me a few ideas on where to start. I'm not looking for your GPS cordnates or spot on the spot. But maybe some flats or rock piles to try first. I would really like to get on some of those bigger slot fish for my dad. He doesn't get out fishing to often, and he doesn't get a chance to often to catch fish over 22 inches

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Thanks again guys!!!

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JonnyD-- Go to the nearest bait shop and pick up the Lakemaster map. It is second to none and will assist you. I believe they will run you about 20 bucks, but it is worth it. If you go out of the North side (use a resort to launch =10$), shoot out a couple miles to the mud, pull spinners and have fun. You will get ALL the slot fish your heart desires grin.gif If you haven't contacted fish in a half hour switch flats. If you find you are pulling your blades through alot of fish with no takers, try a lindy rig on them. You can't go wrong on the pond right now grin.gifgrin.gif and you can't beat a day on the lake with your old man cool.gif good luck !!!! }<>

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Gravel has been producing from what I hear. But if you want big fish head out to the mud flats and pull spinners on a 3 ways system. If you have a question about spinners and 3 way systems, there has been a lot of talk about the right colors and presentations on some of the other threads in the last couple days. If spinners are not your cup of tea, lindy rigging is always a good choice. I would head to the same areas and drift a bit (depending on the wind). Long leaders are key (7'-9'), green is the hot color right now.

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