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Ice Fishing in Northern MN

When the chill of winter sets in, the numerous lakes in the Grand Rapids area offer yet another opportunity for our outdoor enthusiasts: Ice Fishing.

Throughout the winter months, snowmobiles traverse the frozen lakes, bringing the dedicated outdoorsman to his ice house. The reward? A catch of hard-won fresh fish. The Grand Rapids area has some of the best ice fishing destinations, and has been referred to as an Ice Fisherman’s Paradise – with an abundance of interconnected lakes, creeks, and ponds perfect for fishing success.

Whether you fish for walleye, crappies, northerns, or muskies, the Perfect Spot is out here….all you need to do is come and find it!

Join us for another great season of ice fishing in Grand Rapids!

Check out additional Grand Rapids area Fishing Reports:

Nik &Rod Dimich, Dimich Outdoors
Tom Neustrom, MN Fishing Connections



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Ice Safety

Regardless of how low the temperatures drop, you may encounter open water at any point in your ice fishing expeditions.  Be aware of your surroundings, and continually test the depth – what appears to be safe, solid ice at one spot may be extremely thin and dangerous to walk on a few feet further on.  (Beware in particular of dangerous currents and springs that can cause thin ice all winter long.)

bigstock-Ice-Spray-29263optIn general, the following ice thicknesses are  necessary for safety:

Walking — 4″
Snowmobile — 5-7″
Car — 8-12″
Truck — 12-15″

Check with local residents and the DNR for seasonal updates on ice safety.


There are innumerable, quality bait and tackle stores in the Grand Rapids area. Each fisherman has his own secret jig or lure to pull in the Big One.

Here are some main essentials that you will have to take with you, if you intend to fish the lakes or rivers of the area:

MN Fishing License – obtainable at bait shops, gas stations, and on the DNR website.
A measuring tape & knowledge of Minnesota’s Fishing Regulations.
Ice auger
Rod & reel (or tip-ups)

Many additional items will be needed, such as warm clothing, food, flashlights, and transportation.

More Information

There are many sources of reliable ice fishing information – online and through local fishermen and guides.  For starters, check out this great blog article, written by a local expert.