Mille Lacs Ice Thickness Update and Ice Fishing Reports 12-27-2012
The Weather is Right for a Good New Year’s Bite
We are gearing up to have almost perfect fishing conditions on Mille Lacs for New Year’s Eve. Many people visit Mille Lacs to celebrate New Year’s Eve and spend the night in an ice fishing house from one of the many resorts around the lake. Years past it has been difficult for resorts to get their ice houses ready and placed on safe ice over good structure in time for New Year Eve. Weather and ice conditions the past few years have not been favorable for resorts and celebrating the News Years on Mille Lacs in a rental fish house either was not possible or not favorable for the customers when it came to catching fish. 2012 started out looking to be just another poor year for resorts to get ready in time for News Years but due the an extreme shift in weather, the ice conditions have really stepped up for the positive and resorts are predicting drivable ice by New Year’s Eve. Amazingly this past week and over Christmas has seen just the temperatures needed to gain ice thicknesses over the 12 inch mark and the lake is coming along nicely.
You can stay updated and watch the transition from foot and ATV/Snowmobile to automotive traffic via our four corners of Mille Lacs web cam page by clicking here.
Here is the buzz around Mille Lacs and what the ice conditions and fishing is currently like on the Pond:
Reports have it that a good 10-12 inches is in Isle bay and the crappie and blue gill bite has been great. Fish shallow and use small to tiny-micro jigs tipped with waxies or euro larva. Some perch being caught out towards the lake in deeper water 20+ feet of water but as soon as anglers can get out a little further throughout the weekend, the Father Hennepin Island by the tullie hole or Graveyard should start to become the topic. As always a bright colored jig and spoon tipped with minnow parts bounced off the bottom will lure in and catch actively feeding perch and maybe even a hungry walleye. Give your holes about 15-30 minutes and if nothing, move on.
For the Cove Bay area Wilderness Warmth reports they have staked out roads to Spirit Island now and a solid 10-12 from all points between and only a few minor areas with heaves. They still recommend ATV and sled travel but this should change as the weekend goes by. The walleye bite has been at first light and then again at sundown. Fish anywhere you find active fish or bait fish with depths ranging from 10 feet to 30 feet. Use the standard jig and minnow on your finesse setup and glow hook or jig with a shiner on your secondary stationary. Northern and perch are just not that active yet but if you find them they will feed with the standard offerings. No sign of tullie hatch from last fall but they could be hold held up tight and shallow which is better for the bite in the Cove area.
Here is an ice report and fishing update from Mille Lacs fishing guide Brad Hawthorne
Also check out the latest Mille Lacs Fishing guide Tony Roach and his recent update on how Mille Lacs Lake is coming with ie thickness and walleye and perch reports:
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