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fisher_king2004

West end ice conditions?

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Looking to head up to Mille Lacs on New Years eve and try some fishing off the west side, either seguchi point/flat or 8 mile flat.

What's the ice conditions like on that side of the lake(thickness, cracks, etc.) and where do you think the best place to get on would be. I've got an ATV and a portable.

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chrismackmn

I heard out of Garrison they are almost at 12 inches.

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musky999

Just got off the phone with Myr Mar and they said they had 9 inches, and they have no sleepers out yet. Garrison sports dosen't have sleepers out either. We were set to go down to Myr Mar on the 2nd, but know it is up in the air. Anybody have any other fish/ice reports in the Garrison area?

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Wilson

I would like to know if there has been any travel out to the mudflats? I've been searching the posts and resorts for reports, but I haven't been able to find anything specific to the flats. I was out of the Casino access a couple weeks ago and the ice didn't look very good for travel then out to the flats. Has this improved recently?

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wackawalleye

St Alban's bay. 12-13 inches. Access open.

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Walleye71

they are getting out to the Boot via Hunter's point. ATV only. They have the route marked all the way.

I talked to some guys yesterday that tried to get out to Sherman's flat from the Casino landing and they couldn't find a safe path to travel. They spent two hours looking.

Apparently the story is go out of the east side.

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mrziggie2004

was up there tue wed got alot of nice 40 perch then we got walley 3 17' 1 24' 1 29' had to throw the one 24 but my buddy getting hi monted went of the west side onamia you can park on the side road then use four wheeler to get out 12' of ice breaking up pretty good

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walleyecatcher

How far did you have to go out from shore? is it walking distance?

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Tadpoletodd

Fished Myr Mar area Wednesday. Did fairly well for 1st time on the Mille Lac hard water. My son and I were targeting walleyes with larger sized baits and ended up with 7-8 eyes and a couple jumbo's for the day.

Ice depth was about 9". We had a crack come from the east of us (Knox Pt area) that sailed right on by (about 50' from the house) and continued on for another mile to the west towards Garrison. The ice opened up from top to bottom and immediately let water up through - scary!

Myr Mar area isn't ready for cars/trucks. A couple more nights of cold weather may do the trick though.

P.S. Myr Mar Marina - thanks for the generous portions of bait! We'll be back.

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