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Hey guys I am heading to the big pond on 12/01 to fish it for the first time through the ice. I think I am going to rent a house from Scenic Bay. I have not ice fished in about 5 years and would like any info that may make the trip a memorable one. Any info on tackle, technique, bait, and info on the resort that I am renting the house from would be greatly aappreciated!!!

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I Like Worms

is that 12-1 as in Dec. 1st? or Jan 12th? I don't think they'll have houses out on dec. 1st. Maybe some guys with portables, but I don't think any perminants will be out yet. IMHO.

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You're probably better using a portbale during first ice on Mille Lacs anyway. Gonna need to punch a lot of holes and find roaming fish. I always like to fish the south side towards Mac's Twin bay for perch at early ice. I like to fish the flats in about 18 feet of water. Once you find a school it will be fast action until the school dissapears, then its time to search again. A lot of walleyes roam these flats too. I'm hoping maybe to get into the crappies up on Mille Lacs this year. I hear there was some big ones.

Good Fishin, Matt.

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Don't plan on permanents until last week of Dec. even if we get a heck of a cold snap! The walleyes are bitin' decent from shore now after dark though.

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The highs are supposed to be in the 30's to near 40 for most of this week, and El Nino is supposed to be kicking in any day. I would venture a guess that you will not be ice fishing on December 1st.

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Matt,
When your up this way fishing drop me a line. I'd like to fish Mille Lacs or a few Crappie honey holes around Aitkin with you if your up for it?

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chiro,

Sounds good to me, I'd be willing to hit the big pond or fish for crappies with you. I'll be sure to let you know when I make the trip. If your ever down in the cities let me know and I can show around some crappie haunts that I have.

Good Fishin, Matt.

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