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Looking for a spot to try first ice on Mille Lacs this year. Last year tried Twin Bay with little success. Wondering if Indian Point freezes early? Are there any other areas that freeze earlier then others?

Thanks, DK

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Any of the south bays, Isle bay usually is best. Go out of Dickies, talk to Dick and he'll help you out with spots......

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No offense dk, but I had pretty good success first ice out of Twin Bay last year early ice. You can most likely have pretty good success off most points and inside turns close to the first break from shore, especially if it has rocks.

Remember, the ice will first form in the south bays. An example-Wahkon Bay can be fished before the points off Twin Bay. Indian point should be a good early season spot as well, but will generally be a little later ice than Twin Bay's points, Only because it is not as sheltered. We may be talking only days difference here so take that into consideration.

I've seen walleyes caught in some of the bays as well during early ice. Those walleyes were keying on all the small perch in there.

The point I'm trying to make is that you can start with the bays and keep working out to the points right off the bays, then out to some of the larger points and finally out into the main lake. It's a great way of extending your early ice experience.

Last note is, make sure you are very cautious and talk to the resort/bait shop owners before venturing out. Even then, make sure you practice all the safety precautions.

[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 10-25-2001).]

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DK check out the ice leaders challange DEC 15 and 16 on Mille Lacs, Would like to see your there. I believe we are meeting at Mac's Twin Bay resturant/bar Sat nite of the event. It will be a great time to meet some good people and share some secrets and ideas about Mille Lacs.......

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Thanks for the info. I guess the main thing is to go where the ice is safest early and move around from there. I'll have to give Twin Bay another chance Rick. If I'm in the area I'll try to stop by Mac's D-man. We usually stay on that side of the lake. Thanks again,

dk

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Any predictions for when Mille Lacs will get first ice?

Also, what area of Mille Lacs is your favorite to ice fish and why?

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