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I tried...suggestions on rental with 2 young boys?

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tdogs

Unfortunately I haven't fished Mille Lacs for years but I am hoping to rent a house Sunday-Monday with my 2 boys. They are 5 and 2. The 2 year old has never been ice fishing and every time I bring the 5 year old out, we never seem to find fish. I really don't want them to have too many bad experiences. Does anyone have any suggestions on which side of the lake we should try or which resort we should go out of?

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eyebjim

Appledorns would be a great place to go. You can find them at the link at the top of this forum.

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chris63

One thing I would say is use eurolarve and/or wax worms with light poles and spring bobbers for the kids.Even though the jumbos haven't been biting the best the small perch and (surprisingly)the cisco's have been keeping my children interested.If you can bring a aqua-view along that keeps their interest up as well.Good luck and keep the faith with the kids.If they become anglers great if not thats ok too!Board games,cards and coloring books are good back-ups if needed!c63

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fishorgolf

My advise would be to let whoever you go with (two good suggestions here already) know you want action for the kids so they set you up on a place were you can catch small (and occasionally) larger Perch. You are going to need the action to keep kids this young somewhat interested. You can have 6 lines so set a few up with small hooks and larva with a very small bobber. Then set a couple up with a larger hook/bobber and minnow that can sit there while you have fun with the kids. I would also set up at least one jigging rod with some type of rattling jig that you can give a rattle to now and then. My point with this set up is you can work with the kids and still be set up (without much effort on your part) to also hook into some larger perch and walleyes. Oh and bring lots of snacks and games smile

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HunterWinfield

Our houses have flat screen tv and dvd player and playstation to keep little ones occupied.

Our houses are set up for perch and we've been doing okay...the bite was better last week. This cold has slowed them down some. But, crappies have started biting in Isle bay...

Give us a call for more info...

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broman

tdogs, I'm sure he was just having a bad day (saw your deleted post, by the way, Pauls the moderator for the Mille Lacs section if I remember). Everyone has a bad day sometimes. I have called him in the past and he was very helpfull. He probably didn't hear the part about your kids. I don't think you'll have any issues getting the little ones to catch the little perch since they are almost everywhere.

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Paul Waldowski

Broman,

Thanks for the kind words. Not sure what I missed? We have been out on the ice all morning. This weekend is the Perch Extravaganza and it is the busiest weekend up here.

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