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Driving Out....is there any roads going out to 7 and 8 mile flats???

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I am thinking about coming up from the cities with a buddy this weekend. Is it possible to drive out to the flats yet??? Is there a specific resort that might have the best road and access??? Any help on this is greatly appreciated. New to Ice Fishing Mille Lacs....but I want to try the 7 and 8 mile this winter. Thanks!

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Hunters Point has a road staked out to the south end of the boot.

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Thanks for the knowledge BIG D!

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I would call Nitti's if you are talking about taking a car or truck on the ice. I think it is still ATV and sled traffic only.

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We were up last weekend and still found only six inches of ice in places. Be carefull

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I am going up this weekend Friday-Sunday, I will give ice updates for the flats on Monday.

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Hunters website talks about them getting their road out to the flats today, not confirming if they will be allowing vehicle traffic out there yet or not.

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Has anyone been driving out to the flats yet? Any fishing reports? I'm heading up to brave the cold this weekend and wonder if I should bring extra bait, or extra beer.

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for some reason i always have bait leftover while i'm searching for more beer. i would bring more beer. grin.gifgrin.gif

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I know hunters was alowing vehicles out to the flats. I heard now that the road is closed due to flooding, but should re open with the cold temps coming. I have been out to the flats 5 times this year. I have yet to catch a walleye out there. I have tried all my "sweet spots" and no luck. They bite is pretty rough everywhere though. A lot of small perch (the size of a fathead minow) in the lake right now. We had a bunch of them swimming up our holes. Good luck. Let us know how you do.

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Fished out of Hunters on Tuesday and took a 4 wheeler to the mud. Wanted to fish the South Needle of Center Bar but never made it there. Followed the staked road all the way to the Boot then about 75yds after that we hit a slush pocket that was about 30 feet wide and got the wheeler stuck. Got it unstuck and away we went, went over Greg's flat and about 75yds past that was another slush pocket. Stopped before we got to that one and decided to fish the south tip of Greg's flat. Fished from 2pm till 6pm and did not get one bite. My buddy had his camera down there and counted 25 walleyes in the 4 hours. They would rush in like they were gonna smack it and then just stare for 10 seconds and swim away. The fish were there but just didn't want to eat. My advice is to take a snowmobile if possible so you can fly over the slush pockets. The slush was over my boot and was not very fun.

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