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Pauly B

Fishing the Flats and Spirit Island.

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Pauly B

Just wondering if anyone has been out to Fletchers flat or any of the other surrounding flats. I was also wondering about Spirit Island. I know that in the past there have always been perch around Spirit. How about this year? I am looking to fish Mille Lacs with a buddy and my brother before I return to college. We want to try for perch and walleye. If the walleye bite is not happening then we could go strictly for perch. Can anyone help me out? It would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. I will trade quardinates for a flat that is awsome later in the year. It always produces when we hit it right. Big walleyes and a few perch. I won't be around this year to fish it anyway. Thanks. email me if you would like.

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Here's a report I've been re-printing all night long. Just got it today from Lundeens Tackle Castle...

"The ice thickness has improved a little since last week - up to 11 inches on much of the main lake. There are still some pressure ridges to be reckoned with, so we recommend that you travel during the daylight - just as we have the past few weeks...Some are letting people drive out, others are still requiring ATV's, snowmobiles or shuttles. The bays along the south end have up to 15 inches and vehicle travel is common. Overall, things are shaping up from the past few weeks.

Conditions are changing daily...

The walleye bite has improved A LITTLE - scattered reports of multiple fish (a decent ratio inside the slot!) have been trickling in, but most are still finding the walleye bite slower than normal. 18-22 feet has been the best range, 25-28 the next. Vineland Bay, Garrison Reef and 9-mile flat are good starting spots. Shiners on a set line are your best bet overnight, and Hawger Spoons or Weasels tipped with a piece of a minnow are
tops during the day.

There are a ton of small perch with a handful of jumbos mixed in coming from the South Bays.
Northern pike fishing is decent in
these bays too.

There is currently no significant snow on the ice..."

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Pauly
I will be heading out in that vicinity today
I will give you a report on ice conditions tomorrow

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Grabs

It will be very tough to get to Spirit right now until the pressure ridge heals up. Probably a good week before vehicles can cross,..thats if it even heals up. I think you need to get on the lake way over on the south side and the come out to the Island from there.

DON'T TRY THIS IN THE DARK!! There are many ridges right now and with this fresh snow you probably won't see them. Be very careful!

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I fished just past spirit island yesterday and the ice is pretty heaved up. Definitly watch where you are going. As far as ice there was 10-12 inches where we were. Fishing was good. 25 walleyes with eight slot fish for three guys with some nicer ones also. We never caught or seen any perch though. we accessed from the south end. hope this helps

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Pauly B

Hey Rocky and others,
Thanks for the reply's. You think I should go on the ice on the south side. Which resort did you use to get on the ice? Rocky did you drive a car out there or were you still sticking to atv's or snowmobiles? It sounds like the fish might be starting to bite. I hope so. I don't mean to steal anyone's spot, but are the walleyes still in about 18-22 feet or have they moved out to about the 28 foot range? During the day I am talking about. Thanks for all the help and I hope you guys do awsome. Rocky what is your email? Thanks Paul B

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We went out of brandts on the south side. The road was marked out to sloppy joes but as of sat they were not allowing vehicles on yet. We had to use a four wheeler. The fish we caught were in deeper water, 25-32 feet and were caught from 1:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon. I can't tell you exactly where we were (my buddies would hurt me) but we were all by ourselves on a spot that had not even had a hole drilled on it yet this year. My best advice to you would be to get away from the crowds. With the size and the endless structure this lake provides you can always get away from the crowds which I believe increases your chances of catching fish dramatically, especially on this lake. To be honest though with all the negative reports I was hearing before we went up we were not expecting the fishing we had, but we must have got lucky and hit it just right. good luck and happy new year

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    • Mistermojo
      Thanks for the report.  I live close so I like to see how things are doing on Medicine.  Only time out was with the little one, so dad didn't get much fishing done.  Will be looking to drive out there now that we have this cold snap coming to make some more ice.
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      Normally I could give you a good report by this time but unfortunately, have not been out there yet. I plan to be in that area this weekend. If I do get that far I will check it out and report.
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      Thx for the report. Things were pretty bad when we were there two weeks ago. Wondering what to expect for this weekend. Sounds like it’s a little better, but not much. 
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      I have been sledding Pike Bay morning and night most every single day since Thanksgiving. Things have improved a little bit. There is still areas that are pretty bad though. Some of the slush has consumed all the snow and worked it's way to the top and that stuff is setting up nicely now. I think with a good week of this weather pattern that's settling in conditions will only improve. Maybe not perfect but better than 2 weeks ago. I've got -10.6°F right now on the thermometer so we aren't losing any snow or ice here on Big V!
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      I heard water was coming out of cracks on another area lake last weekend.  It sounded kind of weird to me and suspicious.  10-18 inches was reported for thickness.  I didn’t think we had enough snow/slush to cause a weight problem already.   Water came up the holes that were drilled too.   The swing in thickness bugs me.  Plus I witnessed a wide variance in ND last weekend.  I did drive out and one spot I parked on had 20 inches on one side of the truck (bare ice) and the other about 14 (hard snow drift).  Kinda shocked me.  But there were trees under the ice too so that might’ve kept ice development slower too.   Keep being cautious out there!