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JBMasterAngler

Any updates on lake travel, particularly on the north end? Am heading up tomorrow, and am hoping to drive to my destination spot(s).

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monstermoose78
1 hour ago, JBMasterAngler said:

Any updates on lake travel, particularly on the north end? Am heading up tomorrow, and am hoping to drive to my destination spot(s).

Bring chains and a shovel there is huge drifts and no plowed roads out to the flats that I have heard of. A snowmobile is the best option

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Sculpin

Not much going on out there. It does not appear anyone is even maintaining resort access points.  Barnacle's is closed until April, nothing going on at Garrison Sports, or Red Door, or Myr Mar.

Lyback's may still have roads on the South side. Or perhaps Hunters Point..

Call ahead

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JBMasterAngler

I decided to skip Mille Lacs today. With the poor fishing reports and even poorer travel options out there, I’m hoping next week might be better. So bring on the sun for the next 7 days!

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Smokercraft161

really? No one must use this site. Latest comment is March 16??? Bummer

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gimruis

I caught some smallmouth out there on Friday.  Its getting tougher every time I go.  I think the fishing pressure is getting to them after the #1 ranking in the country.  Water temp was only 51 degrees because it got into 40's a couple of nights late last week.  Had to fish soft plastics very slow to get a bite.

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Wanderer

I heard from a friend out there Friday that things went well for the bite.  The wind made the process tough but numbers of walleyes were boated, topped off with a pair of 28’s and 1 21 inch smallie.

Dragging snelled bait rigs.

I almost went Sunday but we opted out due to wind.  Maybe this weekend.  Mille Lacs, Gull or Leech are the options.

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ANYFISH2

Fished the big lake on Thursday afternoon.  Hit up the mud flats, searching for fish and tryimg turn them using jigging raps.  

Fish were scattered and seemed less than aggressive.  Only boating 4 a 24",23",16"& a 13".  A couple fish missed along the way.

We caught fish on the top edge in 23 ft and as deep as 33ft.  Most fish marked were tight to the bottom edge.

This is a relatively new tactic for me in open water so it was a learning trip for me.

A couple my fishing partner caught.

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DLD24

Went out the last couple days on Mille lacs, we had no problem finding fish, but the big fish eluded us... We got all sorts of year classes from 11" eyes on up to 24", which is a good sign... That big storm they got must have dirtied the water up, all the fish we found were on the top edge of the flats no matter how bright it was... Rigging leeches and crawlers were the best until we got some waves then the jigging rap was taking all the fish. The fish were stacked up on points of flats and narrow ridges on the flats... We tried pulling lead for a little while, but I've never done it so I had zero confidence in it haha. 

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mnvikes32

Thanks for the report.  We also managed just 4 fish, biggest being 27" and lost a 30" plus eye.

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IceHawk

Wow Slaubasauras!!

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eyeguy 54

congrats!

 

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Wdwrkrgirl

Ice fishing on the East side, 11" ice about a .5 mile out. Saw a car out of Isle today already. 

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gimruis

A car?!  C'mon.  What a bonehead

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Wdwrkrgirl

Right?! I was surprised. Snowmobiles and side by sides everywhere but a car?! So far no bites on minnows. Hoping and praying but no bites yet. Bit cold but going strong!

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Parmer

Are they letting ice castles out there yet with an atv? 

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Kettle

Fished the SW corner today about 2 miles out. Lowest amount of ice I found was 10" and a few spots well over 20". Before anyone gets too excited I'm pretty sure these spots were where the ice push up on itself or below itself. Rough ice in general. Marked a lot of fish, tried everything and eventually got a few at dusk on a dead stick and a spoon. No big cracks but a few about half a foot and completely open. Nice to get out but was a long walk out and back.

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BrianF

Saw a car and truck out on the ice yesterday. West side.  We walked out.  Our fishing was decent on spoons and Rippin Raps.  Nice average size to them.  Lots of lookers. 

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Walleychaser

Got out this afternoon from the Red Door and set up in 19'. Lots of lookers until about 4:30 when they turned on for a bit. Ended up with some really healthy walleyes and a bonus eelpout but no keepers.  Got off before the snow started so  a really nice day. Had about 12" of ice where I was at.

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gimruis

I drove past the west side of the lake on Monday (north) and Tuesday (south).  There was quite a few houses out there from what I could see but most were not very far out and there was very few cars/trucks out there.  Most people seemed to still be exercising caution and parking on shore and walking or using an ATV.  There must still be some cautious, sane people on this earth.

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DoubleLiver

How much snow?

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waterfowl101

Sounds like they got at least 12”

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gimruis

And potentially more coming tonight (Sun 12/30)

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Wanderer

The actual snow cover on the lake yesterday wasn’t bad.  I’m sure the wind helped.  The resort did a lot of plowing into the evening.  We left last night around 9.  This morning my buddy that’s still out there said he was blown in pretty good this morning after the overnight snow.

 

My wife and I were thinking about heading back this afternoon but the negative degree temps and expected wind chills aren’t getting trumped by the bite - in that house anyway.  Sticking around home instead.

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