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Fathead

Hello all,

Wondering if anyone has been out on the flats lately? Namely the eastern flats...Boot, Fishers, Blue Jug, Agates Needle (technically a north flat)?

I have not seen much traffic on this subject, which leads me to believe that either people are not fishing them much, or they're keeping their successes Hush Hush.

Six of us are heading out to Fishers (we think) this Saturday. Last year we did very well for both eyes and perch (however, last year was a good year everywhere).

Just looking for feedback on whether you have been out there, if things are going, and what seems to be the setup that has been the "ticket".

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Labby

Is this the same Fathead who used to live in Adams?

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Whiskeywalleyes

Has anyone been drving out to these flats from Terry" Boat Harbor? How far are people driving trucks out. Sorry to ask this question but as of the recent weather, I opt not to fish the big lake yet.

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SpikeRoberts

On sunday while driving down 169 between Garrison and the Casino, there was a really large yellow sign that advertised "Road to the Flats $7" Sorry I can't be more specific about the location or the name of the resort, I wasn't paying too close attention. Hope that helps.

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Guest

big bump...

come on Terry... potential customers wanting to use your road... what flats are accessable by truck? or any other resorts that want business...

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Guest

Stay away from Terry's Boat Harbor. They dont have access to the flats and the place is a dump and hes a bad attitude. No customer service at all.

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Whiskeywalleyes

Had to of been a Terry's boat harbor sign..

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bigeyes

I have to disagree on Terry's, the crew there usually provides really good info(usually the best I can get on Milly) They are fair and nice to easy to get along with. To be fair, yes the place is kind of a dive. I don't think you will see him or any other resort owners post on here though, seems like they never do. Every year he plows roads to the flats like 8 mile and Seguchie. I stoped in and talked to him 2 weeks ago and people were only allowed to go out in wheelers to the flats and I doubt he has had enough cold weather since then to make a road. Other great resorts to go out of are Myr mar(usually plows out to 8 mile) and Red door(plows to a number of smaller flats like bombeck) Both run a clean 1st class operation and seem to appreciate the business and want to help you find fish.

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Whiskeywalleyes

I want no part of name calling"" to no one!

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