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hi everyone, i have never been to mille lacs but myself and 8 others have a shanty reserved at mcqouids for january, just wondering what to expect.any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I know that the shanties have rattle reels, just wondering what type of bait and tackle to bring.also how thick the ice usually is in january.can you drive right to your shanty?

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depend on weather but it usuaaly pretty safe for drive vehiles since resort will know ice is safe or not when they plow road to shelters. i have shelter at hunter point resort when ice is safe i ususally put it on about 24 feet deep and i dont fish there during daytime i took my sled to going flats and fishing during day then come back to shelter during night i like that way

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Fatheads and shiners are most popular for walleyes. Perch baits include wax worms, crappie minnows and euro larve. Jigging spoons and plain hooks are good for walleyes. Small jigs and dropper rigs are good for perch. Jigging rapalas and buckshot rattle spoons can be great. The ice in January usually is thick enough to drive. Most resorts plow a road right to the front door of the house.

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D-man, i go by Rick on the milleLacs chat room, that name was taken. i haven't been up in 2 weeks are the fish a bit shallower now maybe 3-6, i did good in 6 to 10 last time i was up.

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Yes we did well in 5-6 feet last weekend. We started at 8:30 pm. I think we would have done even better had we stayed out later. The 2-4 am bite i hear was really good in that depth.

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    • Parmer
      It's a small lake. Have ice fished out there in the winter. There is some decent crappies out there.  Never fished in the summer time. I want to say max depth is 25-30.  
    • eyeguy 54
      yep, lotta lead on the sippi from this guy. LOL  sometimes I do a simple drop shot setup. tie a #4 hook on and leave about a foot or less of line. then just pinch the split shot on bottom and jig away. didnt have to tie on so many hooks.  
    • MinnowBuckets
      Nice report! Glad to see there are others still getting out on the river too. I need to get simpler in my presentation and use the fathead/split shot technique more often. I can’t afford to lose 3 swimbaits or rapalas each time out. 😭
    • eyeguy 54
      dont talk yourself out of it. might hit a couple spots again this coming week for fun. Over the years I have had off and on luck till thanksgiving time. Couple pics from this fall.  I just like a fathead on 1/8 oz jig or a plain hook with a split shot. Quite the battle when the 28 inch northern tried to eat the bass. It got stuck on the jig so reeled them both in. Ran into the current two times. Fight city. LOL 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Yeah, I’ve thought of ice fishing below some of the dams in the area, but I always end up talking myself out of it. 
    • Stick in Mud
      I've been doing OK, too.  I dunno how long the bite last. In the old days when we had real, manly winters, we'd whack 'em through the ice down below the Sartell dam, so I imagine they'll keep biting as long as we're willing to tough it out. 
    • MinnowBuckets
      Thanks guys! I wonder how much longer the bite will last with the cold temps this fall. The water is already extremely cold for this time of year. Anyone else have any reports?
    • eyeguy 54
      nice job!  gotta love the fall bite on the sippi. 
    • JeremyCampbell
      Awesome catch MinnowBuckets!!😎
    • tfin
      So Gimruis has a problem with meat hunters on the lake.  Then he should be promoting the use of cameras instead of guns when out hunting birds or animals.  If you want to fish for sport and look down on those that fish for food then go get a hand held fishing game and sit on the shore.  Believing something is the truth doesn't mean that it is.  You can say the lake isn't mismanaged all you want and that the surveys work because the people using them have advanced degrees.  I work for people in construction that have degrees but don't know crap about what actually happens on a construction site.  The worst thing to happen to electricians is schools putting out project management courses.  Now instead of people with practical knowledge running jobs we have people schooled in theory with big ideas and egos to match.  You Gimruis seem to be the same.  Saying that people shouldn't fish for food and saying they are the problem is insanity.  You have no place in this conversation.