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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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    • 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.