Winter really came fast this year. The water froze quickly and many anglers were out fishing on the bay before Thanksgiving. It did not take long for 14 inches of snow to blanket the ground around the lake. The Snowmobilers have started to show up in full force and right now the powder snow we have is always fun to ride your sled on. The Mille Lacs Lake Drift Skippers snowmobile club have been working 24/7 currently to groom the trails so they are pristine for all of our snowmobile guests. Here at the resort we have been busy getting our rental sleds ready for guests to rent, they are ready to go.
Ice conditions on the lake vary in thickness, the recent snow fall will slow down the ice making even with the cold weather moving in over the weekend. Most of the bays are safe for ATV and Snowmobile rental with ice thickness’ ranging from 6-8 inches of ice. Outside the bays and on the main part of the lake vary from 3-5 inches. Looking at aerial photos there is a fairly large crack going across the lake from Indian Point to Big point, we usually have this crack. Hopefully the cold weather freezes it solid. Please be careful if you choose to venture out past the bays and protected shorelines. With the snow covering the ice you may not see the thinner spots of ice.
Snowmobile Trails are open, and they are all groomed. Like i said earlier the Drift Skippers have been working hard to make sure that the trails are in pristine condition for riding. They will continue to keep them groomed and maintained as much as they can. Make sure if you see any of the members to thank them.
Fishing pressure since the snow has tapered. Most of the anglers are staying in the bays or close to the shorelines, were ice conditions are safer for traveling. There has been a pretty good Northern Pike bite in Isle and Whakon Bays. Perch are being caught but not a lot of big ones in the bay. If you are able to reach some deeper water or some of the rock bars, there are some good reports of walleyes coming through the ice, and a lot of big walleyes being caught. Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or a slip bobber and a rainbow minnow seem to be the ticket right now.
We are full swing into our winter activities here on the big lake. It looks like we have a long winter ahead of us which is really nice to have. Our fishing guides are ready to put you on a big walleye or two, and our Polaris snowmobiles are ready to be rented. This weekend in the Ice fishing show going on down in the Twin Cities stop on by and say, “hi” to Mike and Katey, they will be there until Sunday. As always feel free to call us for an up to date report, we have guides on staff, and have our ears stuck to the ice. Be safe on all your outdoor adventures and we hope to see you on the water.JB