Minnesota ice fishing trips are a wonderful way to enjoy Minnesota winter. You can expect to catch popular ice fishing fish like walleye, northerns, crappies and maybe even a "muskie."
Men, women and children all find that ice fishing is both easy and exciting. It's not as difficult or as cold as you might imagine. Keep it simple and you can catch fish with little effort.
At the most basic level, ice fishing only requires a lake with ice that is thick enough to be safe, an auger to cut a hole in the ice, an ice fishing rod, some bait and a five gallon pail to sit on. And, oh yes, your fishing license!
Many Minnesota ice fishermen (and women) prefer to add to this list. Every year my family increases their stash of ice fishing gear. Ice fishing huts are sometimes the first purchase.
Fishing resorts and fishing lodges in Minnesota almost all stay open year round. Ice fishing huts or "shanties" spring up on Minnesota fishing lakes all across the state. You have many options when you begin to plan your ice fishing trips.
The pan fish season in Minnesota is open year round. The season for fishing Walleye and Northern Pike is also open during ice fishing season.
The gear now available to ice fishing enthusiasts has become increasing sophisticated. You can purchase collapsible ice fishing huts, fish house heaters, and for the real fans of this sport who basically "live on the ice" bed, grill, and lighting systems are all available.
Some of the most popular ice fishing lakes in Minnesota are Leech Lake, Gull Lake near Brainerd, Mille Lacs Lake, and Lake of the Woods. Many of these areas sonsor ice fishing festivals. These are fun to attend even if you are not fishing.Ice Fishing Secrets by Al Linder will give you all the insight you need into how and where to fish through the ice.
Ice fishing in Minnesota is often a family sport.
This is our grandson, Luke, a few years ago on one of his first ice fishing trips with his dad.
His first ice fishing fish was a tiny perch. He was ecstatic!
Even quite young children can go ice fishing with proper safety precautions, warm clothing and supervision.
Be sure to include snacks for them in your provisions and be ready to take them to a warm place as soon as they begin to get cold.
Avid ice fishers all have their favorite ice fishing fish to catch. Topping the list for most are walleye, northern and muskies.
Minnesota walleye fishing has its own enthusiasts. We'll tell you where to find them and how to cook them.
A Minnesota resident may fish in a Minnesota State Park without a fishing license when:
Check for more details at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fishing.html