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A tip-up set on the ice

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When the water gets hard

Winter doesn't mean an end to fishing. In fact, ice fishing in Minnesota continues to grow in popularity. Here's some help to get beginners, novices and kids ready for a trip onto the ice.


snow machine on ice

Ice never is 100 percent safe

General ice thickness guidelines »
Traveling on ice »


Ice house

Does your shelter need a license?

Any ice shelter that doesn't collapse, fold or disassemble for transportation needs a shelter license.
Get the details


A walleye laying on the ice

One Mille Lacs walleye allowed

Anglers can keep one walleye 20" to 22" in length or one equal to or longer than 28" for Mille Lacs Lake's winter fishing season, which began Dec. 1.
Know the new limit »


Angler holding a fish

Going fishing?

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