February Ice Fishing in Minnesota

The ice fishing season may be coming to an end, but we made the most out of it in February. One of our favorite small lakes in the summer is one that we frequently take inexperienced fishers to. There aren’t any heavily targeted fish like Walleye in the lake but pan fish are in abundance and they’re fun and easy to catch. While we may be the only ones on the lake in the summer, when winter comes around it’s an ice fishers delight. 

As soon as the ice is thick enough, there are numerous permanent ice houses and set up shop for the season. And each weekend, a handful more temporary shelters and anglers take to the ice in search of a basket full of crappies.

Every time we hit the lake, it seems like most people leave as soon as the sun starts to go down. Granted, that is why it starts getting colder, but it’s also when the fish start to bite.

Ice fishing is a game of patience. Hoping that you have the right spot, that your bait is at the right level, and looks tasty enough for a fish to bite. Even with the best equipment you can buy, there is still a level of skill and instinct required in fishing.

By the end of the day, we had spent 6 hours on the ice and came away with a handful of crappies, a few northern that we threw back, and a day full of memories.


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