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rookie-8

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To all the veteran Mille Lacs ice house gods

Could you offer some advice as to the best place to get on the lake in winter. I am looking at one of 3 destinations: The graveyard, 2-1/2 mile reef, or the 20 footer.
also any info you could give me on bottom makeup, or anything else you can tell me about these structures. I have never fished the lake, I just pulled these three off the map for a place to start.

Thanks
George

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We have our shack out of Lybacks, nice place, real friendly, and offers access to the Graveyard and the Tundra.

Matt

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