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Our last try on Mille Lacs?/ Garrison Info


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A group of guys and I are heading up to Mille Lacs again for our annual ice fishing trip. This will be the 6th year we have been up to Mille Lacs to rent a house. In 5 years we have caught a total of 3 walleyes all in one year. The rest of the years we have been skunked. We have tried different resorts each year and different locations of the lake. We are also moblie with portables. This year we will be going through Garrison Sports. I've fished up on that side before and had luck. I was looking forward to having access to many flats but am unsure of the road conditions. Has any one rented through Garrison Sports before? What can I expect? I have heard good things about their house placement and moving the houses to where the fish are. How has the bite been on that side of the lake. I would really like to get some fish this weekend. I was up in Brainerd last weekend and hammered the walleyes. Is it time to change lakes?

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If the fish aren't under your rental house when you get there, which is very likely, then you have to get out and move around. At the very least drill holes in a wide area around the rental and just walk between them to try the spots. Most trips I've taken to Mille Lacs have not been spent on the same structure, even when we've been told they were biting well the day before...

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I have fished out of that area all winter. you should have no problem fisnding perch during the day. 24-30 fow. i think part of the problem that you may have had in the past is the time of year. late jan is not the best time to be fishing for the eyes, but you should be able to find some still. I have had a constant bit over in that area for pearch and did real well on eyes early. i am still finding some eyes in that area most are to big to keep. stay mobile and away from crowds i can not stress this enough.

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I grew up fishing out of Garrison Sports and if Kerry is still working there, he will help you out. We always seemed to catch fish on that side. I was fishing on Mille Lacs this past weekend and we did ok. Mostly perch but if there are fish there and they aren't biting keep changing lures every little while until you find something they will bite on.

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