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MY FRIENDS AND I WERE COMING UP TO MILACS THE FIRET WEEKEND IN MARCH TO TRY OUR LUCK AT SOME PERCH AND EYES.. DID I READ CORRECTLY THAT ALL ICEHOUSES HAVE TO BE OFF THE LAKE BY FEB 28TH?? AND IF THIS IS TRUE DOES THAT LAW APPLY STATEWIDE?? THANKS

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Woody: There are basically three different areas of the State regarding removal of the houses. In this area which is south of HWY 2 houses must be off by midnight on Feb 28th. You can still use a house permanent or portable after this date however it cannot be on the lake before a half hour before sunrise, and off by midnight each night. You also cannot leave them parked at a public access. If you are north of HWY 2 the date is then March 15th, with the same usage period as above. This area would include Upper Red lake and other lakes north of that line. If you are on LOW which is Canadian Border Water you must have the houses off on March 30th, same on and off rule applies up there until April 15th as there season is only closed for one month. You can fish walleyes etc until the April 15th date.

Two years ago I talked to a CO on an area lake and told her I did not understand that if I was into a good crappie bite and occupying the house after midnight why I could not fish. She told me the definition of a structure is two sides and a roof. She told me that at midnight collapse the canvas and just sit on my sled chairs and I would be fine and within the scope of the law. She also told me fishing from a vehicle is considered to be in a shelter!!!! Hope this helps, best pan fishing of the year is yet to come. Bill

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Woody: I went back after I posted and looked at your post again. Walleye, northern, bass all large game fish excluding the panfish closes on Feb 26th today. So don't get caught next weekend with wallies in your possession. I've caught many of them while fishing for perch after the season has closed, but they must go back into the lake. At midnight tonight it is all over until May 13th. Bill

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bill,thanks for the info and it was great to know the rules before we make the drive up there, again thanks and you sure saved us some greif!

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Woody: Not sure how long of a drive it would be for you, but the perch fishing can really be good on Mille Lacs in March. Upper Red Lake kicks out some nice crappies, and Lake of the Woods has some really good walleye and sauger action during March and April. I just got back from Lake of the Woods, and some nice eyes are being caught. Let me know if you are interested in any additional info and I will give you my email address. How late does your big game fish season run in Wisconsin? Bill

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BILL BIG GAME IN WISC CLOSED THIS PAST SUNDAY.THE WEEK BEFORE WE WENT TO LAKE OF THE WOODS.. WENT OUT A RESORT ABOUT 8 MILES AND DIDNT HAVE MUCH LUCK. WE WERE THINKING OF HEADING UP THERE THIS WEEKEND AND GIVE THE EYES ANOTHER SHOT SINCE MILAC IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.ALSO HAVE YOU BEEN OUT IN URL LATELY AND ANY SUCCESS? BEEN SKUNKED ON THE CRAPPIES THERE ALSO. ANY INFO WOULD BE HELPFUL THANKS BILL

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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
    • Dash 1
      50 in 6 hours is great. Boat issues really put a damper on a great day though. Hope you get it fixed quickly.  
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