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Ice fishing on Mille lacs

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So how is the ice fishing on Mille lacs?

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It Is to early to tell, we only had ice for about a week.

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Ice fishing can be real good during first ice and late winter on Mille Lacs. During midwinter you have to search the flats to locate fish. Mille Lacs has some nice walleyes and jumbo perch. Don't forget those two in the morning eelpout either. If you get into a school of perch your in for some fun action. There was a good average number of big walleyes caught this summer so I would think that some decent ones will be caught during hardwater. I plan on making a trip up there once ice is ready to be fished.

Good Fishin, Matt.

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Ice fishing Mille lacs is great. Plenty of room lots of fish. But let me tell ya, that lake is an unforgiving sohm bich. Mother nature shows no mercy. Walking on 6 inches can quickly turn into barely an inch. Gps is necessary. If you stare at your hole long enough you can look up and be completely lost.

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fished her last year on the way to Brainard,went through McQuoids and they did a great job.2 nice walleyes and a bucket full of nice perch.Great breakfast's and supper's too,maybe even a cold one or two.Did have a huge ice lift at 03:00,but still got off the ice,Hudi

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The ice fishing, like the open water fishing has been very good the last year or so. Lots of fish to catch if you don't mind putting them back(slot). Starts out in the bays at early ice out, Cove, twin, etc. Then they migrate out to the flats on wheelers as soons as possible and eventually the trucks head there for most of the action. Usually the focus is on perch fishing, especially after January, but last season was not good for perch. For walleye this is really a lake where skill with a spoon and a Vex will really make a difference. I was forced to learned how to jig a spoon from this lake, if you can get good with your spoon, you will outfish almost everybody, even if they are in the same house as you. IF it is perch you want a Vex or the like is a must, especially now that the Wallys have the perch scattered and on the run. Good luck

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