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I am thinking of heading up this afternoon for the perch bite. Anybody have any reports from the past day or so, or any suggestions? Deep or shallow? Thanks in advance!

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mud flats or around doe island

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I ended up going out of the south end, Lybacks, and did OK. We tried a coup-le of different spots and ended up with about 8 jumbos and a few a bit under 10". It wasn't the best bite but it was a great day to be out on the ice. No shelter needed but bring the rubber boots as there is a lot of water on the ice. I drove thru a spot that some genius drilled holes in the road and made for a little more water in that area. The ice is thick, make sure to clean the hole as your drilling or you might get the auger stuck in the slush. We fished in 28-32' and fish were there, just had to work to get them to bite.

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The perch fishing wasn't as good as it was last week, but the size was better. Off the edge of the flats 30-32 feet. Some of the fish came up 8 feet off bottom to take the bait. The bite was much better in the afternoon than in the morning. Ice is still in very good shape. Roads were a little sloppy, but it made for a good undercarage wash for the truck. The shore line at Barnacles was still holding up good. There is water where you drive on because of the low water. Actually driving on the sand for 80 feet where the water is. Good luck to everyone this weekend.

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Just got back from Mille Lacs last night... Perchin was pretty good overall for my friend and I... A lot of 10 to 13 inch fish were caught, but nothing over 13... Some smaller perch too, but most were around that 10 inch range. I would say roughly we caught 100 or so perch for 1 and a half days fishing.

We concentraited on gravel from 26 to 28FOW.. The fish were very structure oreintated on this gravel as well... The harder areas with little or no silt along with some bigger rubble mixed in was holding the fish...

Fish were keying on orange and perch colored baits.. Probably because most perch had young of the year perch in their bellys and the reason why these fish were keyed in on harder rubble/gravel areas.. places I was seeing these young perch on the camera...

Also heard some spots on the northwest side was producing some nice catches as well.. Gravel as well, but in deeper water.. 32FOW...

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What would you recommend for a mode of transportation? Sled or 4-Wheelers?

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Based on conditions on Tuesday I would advize 4 wheeler. A lot of slush and water on top of the ice. There were a few sleds out though.

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Hey Jkh431 sounds like you had a good couple of days on Mille Lacs, What can't you and Pouchat and the rest of the Wisconsin crowd catch those Bay jumbos at second landing. NOT!!!Tell Craig Martus in Finlayson say Hi, cohos or jumbos i'll take jumbos!!!!

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JHK... what have you all heard about the NW side...I'm goin to garrison on friday for the weekend to chase the perch. I'm not sure if I'll be able to go out of garrison sports, because they have no roads.....I was wondering if I'd have to go to terrys and use their roads, or if I'll be able to get anywhere with the wheeler. I was also wondering about he crack, whether or not I'd be able to cross it without the bridge.......I'd appreciate any information you have.

thanks

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Craig

Too funny.. Yeah, had to make a MN run... But, the bay is showing some life for perch again... I will let Capt Putchat you rang... smile.gif

Ryan

I personally did not fish the area I mentioned, but talked with a reliable source on the bite around Shermans Point area.. Unsure about ridges and such either.. Just that the perch were biting.. smile.gif Sorry I can not be of any more help in that aspect..

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JKH, I too heard the perch were biting on Sherman's Point from a reliable source, I wonder who?? wink.gif

Sadly I didn't hear from you, and I was around Mille Lacs all week. Just walked in the door from fishing on the big pond!

We fished the rocks and gravel today, 26' was best, also tried some reliable areas to the North that held a fair amount of fish. We ended up with a bucketful of sumo's, and a bonus 26" 'eye. Nothing to brag about, but the fishing was decent.

After going on and off the lake this afternoon I would not advise too much large vehicle travel... We ran out in my Tahoe with a trailer, and wished we would've had the wheelers... The accesses are pretty ugly...

Ryan, we used Terry's and there's a big drop and a ton of water piled up. It was bit scary... Even scarier was the ridge with no bridge! Ugly and freaky to cross... Make sure you're careful!!

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Matt

We never made it north of Mille Lacs.. Was going to tromp around your area as well, but we got tied in to the Mille Lacs area.. My buddy was on a perch mission.. smile.gif

I didnt even know you were coming down to the pond or we could of hooked up and fished together... The source should of told you though if you talked to him Mon or Tues... lol

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was out there on 3/12. went out from twin pines.they have a road to pike point, and i just drove to garrison reef, and did well. But very sloppy and use caution going across. 2 large cracks, but easy to go around. I'll be out there on sat, prolly try to go out from garrisson access, as there is no snow left and travel is easy on this part of lake

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