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Mille Lacs IceLeaders Challenge

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The official Rules, Information, and Registration link is below, just click on it:
The Mille lacs Lake IceLeaders Challenge is December 15th-16th
$500 1st place prize and the field is limited to 30 teams.

This Event is filling up nicely.
Please register today to reserve your spot.

[PLEASE NOTE] Lake Mille Lacs anglers will soon be able to keep walleye between 14 inches and 18 inches, with one walleye over 28 inches in their possession limit, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced.

The expanded winter slots will be in place by Dec. 1, 2001.

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These folks will be providing free gear to some of the participants. The method has yet to be determined. Hope you're in this early.
GLACIER Ice Shelters- http://fishingmn.com/glacier.html
They will be giving choice of shelter to the Champion.

Scenic Tackle - They are giving Angel Eye Minnow Jr. Kits out. One per event will be given out prior to each events start, but there's a catch and it's secret for now. They will be giving out more kits in addition to the above.

Red Barn Rods - They are donating Ice Rods.

LakeMaster Reelbottom - They are donating Mille Lacs Reelbottom Map Systems. GPS compatible for the Mille lacs Event.

Finicky's Fish Factory - donating a Fish Factory for each event.

Wristsaver Rods are donating Ice Rods and Reels for each event.

Fish's Ice Saw - is being donated for the Mille Lacs Event.

Icebuster Bobbers is now a sponsor as well. Particpants will have a chance to win some of these too.

There are others who are considering Sponsorship as well. Get in early. Those who get in earliest will have the best odds on at least one prize.

[Message for ice anglers-Novice-Experienced-X-treme]

Do you like to ice fish or just want to learn more about it? Do you enjoy meeting fun ice anglers? Do you really want to have a good time ice fishing this winter, not just a good time, but an exceptional one?
Do you want have a shot at $500 for ice fishing?

1. Ice fishing for $500, I do it for free.
2. Some new ice fishing friends to help out.
3. A seminar by a master of the lake before heading out.
4. Plowed roads to great spots that could be fished from the vehicle.
5. No Access fee(except LOW)
6. 15% discount on lodging, if needed.
7. Bring any partner wanted to any event.
8. Find out what worked for the other teams before heading out the second day and use it catch more fish.
9. Just wished I'd done this before. Why did I wait?
10. When they say "We Have More Fun' they really mean it.

Check out the link in the post above this one to get in on some early ice fun.

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The Mille Lacs Challenge event is only half full. We had fishable ice out of Mac's Twin Bay before November 26th last year. I know, I was out there.

December 15th & 16th.

If you enjoy Fishing Minnesota, please join up with us. Be a part of the Extreme Team.

We'll be safe and we WILL get in some early ice fishing, which can be some of the best ice fishing of the year...guaranteed!!!

We want to meet you and we want to share early ice tactics.

Who's up for a little early ice fun?

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Pat McGraw
      outdoor1,   My experience has been that this approach works all the way through October.
    • gimruis
      That's quite the mixed bag!
    • gimruis
      I'm one of those every Tom, Dick, and Harry's.  And I can tell you with 100% positivity that I'm not out there making noise, stinking up the woods, or pushing everything off its normal pattern.  You just generalized every gun hunter into the same group, including me.  I don't make noise, I cover up my scent, and I don't leave my stand at lunch time to go in and push everything off its normal pattern, Wanderer.  Yes, I know hunters like that too but most of the hunters I know aren't like that.  In fact, very few are.  And I can tell you that there are some idiot archery hunters because I know them.  They sling arrows around at 50 yards trying to down deer without practicing which is completely preposterous.   I think what Fins n Feathers is trying to say that technology has advanced our sport to be more efficient.  I do agree that the younger generation is definitely more lazy and less devoted, not only in hunting/fishing but in life generally (that's another topic for another day).  I for one would like to use something more efficient.  If it results in a higher kill rate, better accuracy, and less wounded deer, I'm for it.  If you don't want to use it, then don't.  If you don't want to fish with 10 inch high definition sonar and GPS screens in your boat, then don't.  But just because someone else is using technology to be more efficient doesn't mean its illegal or unethical.  His example of an open sighted 30-30 versus a 300 scoped mag is a great example.    
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I appreciate all your input. I went to Mills yesterday as their starting to put some stuff out. Looked at the hard side gun case and yep I like the protection and price but it’s very big for me I think. I then looked at the clam single sided locker I liked the xtra storage. But your still having to stack rods and it’s not really that rigid. Most of my broken rods came from rods being tangled and stacked and not from being crushed. That being said they had the frabil rod safe. I really liked this one but only downside is it doesn’t hold in line reels that well as it’s not tall enough. So I think I’m going to end up going with a hard sided case. Looking at either the otter, scheels case or similar. If I ever want to buy A TUCR I need something to really protect my setups. I’ll jusg ah e to deal with brining a small tackle bag for tackle and extra stuff. I did look at the flambeau box Rick mentioned and I liked the size and extra storage but it would be a tight fit in my flip over if it would even fit. Anyone have have any experience with the otter or similar hard sided style cases? The scheels case says it’ll hold 4-8 but the otter only 4. Even though it’s bigger I think it would hold 8 no problem.
    • leech~~
      Dang, pulled the battery and put her in storage just last week or that sounds like fun. With all this wet weather it has really put me behind on getting all the fall chores done before hunting season and the winter hits and I need get the sled and ice stuff ready.  I had breakfast at Our Place just this morning coming down from Ely and was thinking of all the rides I have done in that area the last few years.  Lets try to set up a ride-trout outing next spring. 🙂
    • eyeguy 54
    • leech~~
      Holy craap. You have one heck of a Duck blind out there! 😅
    • FishinCT
      Fishing Friday and Saturday was a dramatic shift. Seems the west wind got them going. Found a reef on Friday that was loaded up with fish and they were hungry. Fished it for a few hours before losing the battle to the cold. 3 pig smallies up top in 18-20 feet, 3 keeper walleyes between 16-18" and one 25" on the sides of the reef to the transition in 24-30 feet, and 2 jumbos off the transition in the mud at 32 feet. Also lost a BIG fish--the kind that your heart sinks when it comes off the line.    Saturday was more of the same. Biting a little lighter but we managed 6 walleyes from 15-19" in between the rain and getting blown off the lake. Could've easily limited if not for some "miscues"   Did try a little bit of trolling close to dark but only picked up a small muskie. Lots of guys out trolling all weekend but I'm not sure if they were going for walleyes or muskies. Interested to know if anyone on here was one of those guys and will give a report.    Wish I was starting my trip now instead of sitting at home. I think this is going to be a phenomenal week of fishing now that the weather is going to stabilize and warm up. Best of luck to everyone the rest of the year and stay safe. Saw some of the biggest waves I've seen on vermilion with the wind last week. Can get hairy pretty quickly out there
    • Wanderer
      We saw some late birds today also in west central MN.  The beans looked horrible and most corn was still in.  In 2 hours of driving I only saw three corn fields being combined each way.   We saw birds and got some roosters.  About 30% mature to 70% juveniles, not counting those late birds that didn’t fly well.  Birds seemed really jumpy today - odd for opener.  Flushing wild like late season.   Man, my pheasant legs ain’t what they used ta be! 😨
    • outdoor1
      I was wondering if raps at 2 mph would work now. Will the fish still chase them down when the water temps are in the low 40s?