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I was wondering if one has to frequently move an ice house on Mille Lacs through out the ice fishing season? I have never had an ice house on that lake before, and I am not concerned with having to be on top of fish 24/7. If i feel like getting out there and doing some serious fish chasing i'll do that without the ice house. Would it work to have a permanent ice house in the same general location through out the year almost as the home base, but yet still catch a few fish there?

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Maniac/ For first time house owner on mille lacs your pretty much on track about moving around. Problem is its alot of work moving a house around depending on its size. Do you have retractable wheels? A permanent house is great to use a base camp. We have ours usually in less than 10 feet of water. We use it only to sleep and cook and usually catch a few walleyes at night, unlike fighting pout all night in deeper water, but some guys like that too. We then chase perch during the day using portables. But yes the permanent makes a great "base camp" get a good portable, mobilty is important.

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thanks for the info. i'm glad to hear that actually because i wasn't looking forward to lugging that ice house around. If i can catch a few walleyes at night (maybe not that many) and chase during the day i'm happy. If your in 10 ft of water, were would be a good general area on the east, south or west side. I would guess rocks, but i really am not to sure. I am familiar with the lake in open season so any general tip as to where to put a permanent is a big help. thanks.

Where's the ice?

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hey thanks for more great info. i will definatly take those tips into consideration.

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Are you having a resort pull your house out? Try to get your house on some rocks if your planning on staying on the areas you mentioned. If your using a resort ask them if they can put you on some shallow rocks away from everyone.

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I used to run a 10 x 18 house for many years. It is a heavy house and lot of work moving. You need to keep it jacked up on blocks so it won't freeze in and the banking can take some effort depending on snow cover. As you stay in the same spot for a while the ice will sag a bit. The water will want to come up and seek its level which can be a problem. When the snow blows in and creates more weight the ice will sag more. You need to keep adding blocking or move to a new spot. Also the ice will get thicker around the area except where the house sits. This adds to the need to block or move. If you get a major snow and have drifts do not open a hole or you will flood. There was nothing worse than being in ankle deep or worse water trying to get ready to move. I have run a light weight 8 x 14 for the last 3 years. Less work to maintain it. As was previously stated , having a nice house for base camp is good. Being mobile is much easier with portables and its great to get back to the bigger one for a night of shallow water fishing.
As for possible spots , I have fished the east side rocks for 25+ years. The best time is early ice before the traffic and noise drives the bite to hit and miss. With my new house I can get it out with ATV's and for the last few years I was out 2 weeks or more before vehicle traffic was possible.
Just one more thought , ice is never totally safe. There is always a chance for problems on "big" water. Its no fun to wake up and find a pressure ridge or crack between you and shore. Always work with a resort who makes it their business to help maintain roads. It makes the fishing a better experience.

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