The ice fishing season is heating up on Mille Lacs. The ice started forming in south bays in mid to late November and it appeared it would be an early start to the season. Unfortunately over the Thanksgiving holiday the area received upwards of 14″ of snow in some areas which wasn’t good for the areas where ice had started to form. Ice fishing businesses are resilient and work hard at packing, flooding, dragging, plowing with ATVs, and whatever means they may have to help the ice continue to thicken. Because it got cold and ice started in November, it seems like things are behind but in all actuality, they’re really not except maybe just a bit in the bays.  Many resorts around the lake are now allowing some sort of traffic from foot to snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides.

Because of the snow and warmer weather there are still some ice inconsistencies so PLEASE check with resorts directly about the conditions they are finding and heed their suggestions/warnings. In addition, always, always check the ice for yourself!

Agate Bay Resort – 12/27/2019 – We were out on the ice today and as I expected, we really have not made any ice, not have we lost any ice during this warm period. We still had mostly 8-10 inches with more in some spots and less in some spots, mostly where there is slush.

Lyback’s Ice Fishing – 12/28/2019 – Yesterday we had about 15 groups of anglers out. What report I heard were mixed from not much to as many as 10 Walleyes. a 27″ was C/R SW of Spider in 13 feet. I was going to plow out to the Banana Reef, but double checking the path I was to take I found 5 spots of slush in a 1/2 mile stretch and there was only 8″ of ice under it. I took the Bombi out and packed the road in that area and pulled the groomer so it will freeze when colder weather comes. Beyond that stretch the ice has less snow and is and inch or two thicker on the average. Just not enough ice for me to get out there with the bigger trucks. We are going to wait out this storm approaching and hope we stay on the warmer side of it and don’t see much, if any snow. The temperatures after are a little colder, but still no below zero temps in sight for awhile. Hopefully the colder air in Alaska makes it down here soon.

Appeldoorn’s Resort – 12/26/2019 – The weather just Isn’t cooperating. The bay hasn’t improved and we still have 7 inches of ice, with the top 3 inches being soft from the warm air. With the current forecast I have to cancel fish house reservations for the New Year week. It absolutely kills me to do this but It’s the right decision for everyone’s safety. We are close so we just need some cold weather to get us to our goal. We will make a decision on the weekend of January 3rd early next week. For now we will remain open to portables with 4 wheeler’s and sleds. We are also getting a few portables for people to rent so you can call for info on that if your interested.

Area Events:

New Year’s Eve at Bayview Bar & Grill
Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party at Izatys Resort
New Year’s Eve Party at Isle Municipal Liquor Store
New Year’s Eve Party at Nitti’s Hunters Point Resort
Eddy’s Resort for Bill Campbell’s Rockin New Year’s Eve

See below, a list of Facebook and/or Website reports from Members around the lake.

Terry’s Boat Harbor
Twin Pines Resort

Rocky Reef Resort
Randy’s Rentals
Brandt’s Ice Fishing
Eddy’s Resort
Izatys Resort

Beachside Resort
Lybacks Ice Fishing

Hunter Winfield’s Resort
Chapman’s Mille Lacs Resort

North of Isle and East Side:
Agate Bay Resort
Appeldoorn’s Resort
Mac’s Twin Bay Resort
Nitti’s Hunter’s Point Resort
Dickies on Mille Lacs

Castaways Resort

Ice Guides:
Brad Hawthorne’s Guide Service
Roach’s Guide Service
T and T Guide Service
McQuoid’s Inn