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Thin Ice On Minnesota Lakes

Don’t go out on the lake during Minnesota winter unless the ice is several inches thick.

If you’re not sure how thick the ice is on the lake you want to explore call the local authorities, contact the DNR or ask at the nearest tackle shop.

It is the middle of January and at this time of the year Minnesota fishermen and women are usually found out on one of our 10,000 lakes, trying to catch walleyes or sunnies. These tasty fish are wonderful to eat when lightly coated with your favorite batter and pan-fried in a little bit of butter.

From a distance some Minnesota lakes look like dislocated cities, as any size and shape of fish houses can be found on it.

Thin ice on Lake Latoka, mn

From the tiny one man pop up ice fishing tent to elaborate fishing castles. Minnesota is a great place to visit during any season, but if you’re into fishing, especially ice fishing, than you can enter one of the many ice fishing challenges being held across the state. Fishing contests are popular in Minnesota and each year the DNR issues nearly 400 permits for fishing contests. Learn more about upcoming Fishing Tournaments in MN.

Who knows? You might even walk away with a nice prize for catching the biggest fish?

Shop For Ice Fishing Gear

This year however, the lakes have barely frozen over with many open spots visible even from shore.

We have heard of numerous fish houses and vehicles breaking through the ice, luckily nobody has been hurt. Why anyone would drive on a lake when the temperatures have been barely below freezing for more than a few days is beyond me, but old habits are hard to break, I guess.

Is this just another exceptionally warm winter or is this the beginning of the end of our weather pattern as we know it? Will there be no ice fishing in the future?

Are you feeling the effects of this warming trend where you are? Leave your comments below.

3 Responses to Thin Ice On Minnesota Lakes

  • I’m enjoying this warm weather we’ve been having, but then I don’t go ice fishing or snow mobiling very other. If you do go out on the ice, please be extra careful!

  • We’ve had a pretty rough go at it up here. Hopefully we get more snow.

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