“It’s time to put on your long underwear. Slip on some wool socks and a sweater. Climb into your snow pants. Pull down your stocking cap. And grab your fishing gear. It’s fun to hike across the ice imagining hungry sunnies or walleyes lurking below. It’s an adventure to hang out around an ice hole with friends and family, telling stories and holding a funny looking fishing rod as you wait for a bite. And it’s thrilling when your bobber suddenly vanishes down the hole, and you pull a slippery fish from the water with a splash.”
Looking for a list of places to ice fishing Minnesota usatoday.com offers us a list of lakes:
Upper Red Lake
Red Lake, comprised of its "Upper" and "Lower" region, is the largest lake within Minnesota's borders, spanning more than 288,000 acres. Located in northern Minnesota's Beltrami County, Upper Red Lake is pinched in a narrow region that divides it from its Lower Red Lake counterpart. According to the Upper Red Lake Area Association, Upper Red Lake offers the best, world class-caliber walleye fishing in Minnesota. Many lake access points are located on the lake's eastern shore, off State Highway 72. This lake is popular for walleye, northern pike and crappie fishing.
North of Minnesota's capital of St. Paul is Mille Lacs Lake, the state's second largest lake spanning Mille Lacs, Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Covering more than 132,000 acres, Mille Lacs is a popular tourist destination surrounded by fishing resorts and tour companies. The lake's best ice fishing areas are spread in both the southern and northern ends. Mille Lacs features a multispecies abundance of walleye, rock bass, northern pike, jumbo perch, muskie, small mouth bass and tullibee. The lake offers 74 miles of shoreline and plenty of access points on all sides.
Spanning more than 40,500 acres in St. Louis County, Lake Vermilion is a famous tourist destination because of its majestic scenery (1,200 miles of shoreline encompassing 365 islands) and fishing opportunities. Lake Vermilion offers anglers the chance to catch large varietals of muskie, northern pike, crappie, perch, small mouth bass and bluegill. The Lake Vermilion official website (LakeVermilion.com) offers specific fishing tables for each month, including peak activity times and daily hours for the best ice fishing during winter months.
Every year during January, North America's largest ice fishing event, the Ice Fishing Extravaganza, is held at Gull Lake, where hardwater anglers from near and far gather to compete for the largest catch. With an area of at 9,418 acres, Gull Lake is the largest and most popular fishery in the Brainerd Lake Region. Ice fishing tour guides, ice house rentals and ice fishing equipment are abundant in Gull Lake's surrounding area, in the nearest towns of Nisswa and Brainerd. The lake's diverse aquatic flora supports healthy fish populations. This, and the lake's good water quality, sustains large populations of walleye, northern pike and bluegill, as well as largemouth bass, rock bass and crappie.
Lake of the Woods
According to the Lake of the Woods Tourism website, Lake of the Woods is recognized as the walleye capital of the world, and Minnesota Lakes website cites the lake as one of the most scenic in the country, with more than 65,000 miles of shoreline and more than 14,000 islands. Shared by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, Lake of the Woods spans more than 950,000 acres and specializes in walleye, northern pike, sauger, muskie, rock bass, largemouth bass, lake trout and sturgeon. One of Minnesota's top ice fishing destinations, Lake of the Woods official tourism website suggests that the best ice fishing is done in the lake's frozen bays and shoreline areas. More than 45 resorts offer all-inclusive ice fishing tours, and winter months see 1,500 to 3,000 ice houses set up on the lake daily.
If you are planning on making a trek to enjoy the adventure of ice fishing on one of these lakes it may be benefital to do research on what fish house suites your needs best to truly enjoy this Minnesota water sport.
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