Minnesota Fishing

Ice fishing tip-up set to catch a fish

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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.

Angler holding a fish

Going fishing?

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Walleye resting on the ice after being caught

Winter walleye back on Mille Lacs

Anglers can catch and keep walleye on Mille Lacs Lake this winter.
See the winter regulations »

Fish being properly released after being caught

A helping hand

Fish populations don't grow as fast as demand. Practice some natural recycling on your next trip.
Learn how »

A northern pike

Zone defense

Too many small pike cause problems for perch and panfish. Three-zone management aims to fix that.
Watch a video »