Where to go ice fishing: 7 incredible places


From familiar names to undiscovered destinations, these great spots are waiting for you.

For some people, peach is all about sunny skies and cold skies on a hot day on the water.

For other tough souls, it’s about the challenge of venturing into sub-zero temperatures, punching a hole in the frozen lake, dangling a line through inches of ice and… waiting for.

In terms of ice fishing, there is no shortage of excellent spots, whether you are a regular or a beginner.

Tired of visiting the same old spots and looking for new landscapes? Bundle up and let’s get on the ice for hot cold-fishing destinations.

Devil’s Lake, North Dakota

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This huge lake tops lists of ice fishing destinations for the size and wide variety of fish you can catch here: a healthy population of freshwater shrimp ensures fat perch, walleye and northern pike . And with over 180,000 acres to explore, you can find a spot where you won’t get tangled up with other anglers. It’s not the “pole vaulting capital of the world” for a reason.

Lake Champlain, Vermont

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Vermont’s premier fishing destination is 120 miles long and teeming with landlocked trout, white perch, crappie, northern pike, the occasional walleye and more. In reality, Bassmaster magazine ranked it in the top 10 of all Northeast USA bass fishing spots You can drill a hole anywhere and not catch the same fish twice. The ice fishing season runs from January to mid-March and cabins with optional wood stoves are available for rent. Plus, Vermont is just plain fun to visit anyway.

Lake of the Woods, Minnesota

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Of Minnesota’s more than 10,000 lakes, this one is probably familiar – it’s the self-proclaimed “walleye capital of the world” and after the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater lake in the United States. It straddles the United States and Canada, making it easy for citizens of both countries to access, and has everything you need to make that family vacation: snowmobiles, lodging, mobile fishing houses (keep an eye out for the Northern Lights!) and guides who regularly patrol the ice to help visitors choose where to drop their lines. Here you can catch big pike, yellow perch, lake trout and of course walleye.

Oneida Lake, New York

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Another popular destination for catching big walleye as well as 10-12 inch perch, bluegill, crappie, yellow trout and bass, Oneida turns solid frost thick enough in January for snowmobiles – or just on foot. to the best places. This shallow lake is about 10 miles north of Syracuse.

Castle Lake, California

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Sure, sandy beaches and surfers come to mind when you think of California, but it’s a big state with lots of lakes and several mountainous regions. Where there’s snow, there’s ice, and Castle Lake, well north of Redding in Shasta Forest, has plenty of it. The ice fishing season runs from January to March when you can catch brown, rainbow and speckled trout here. And with a bag limit of five fish, that gives you plenty of time to ski and sled at nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Big Lake, Colorado

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You’ve heard of the Michigan Great Lakes, but have you heard of the Colorado Great Lakes? There are six, all of which are part of the upper Colorado River, this being the largest and deepest. It’s also a great family spot, as the walk to the fishing grounds isn’t far; even kids learning to fish can catch rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Plus, the town of Grand Lake is (obviously) nearby for a coffee break or lunch, and epic Rocky Mountain skiing is a short drive away.

Fort Peck Lake, Montana

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This destination in the land of the Big Sky is for true outdoor enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to be in the middle of nowhere: the nearest airport or major city is half a day away, the city the nearest has only 400 residents, and you’re unlikely to see another soul for days. Up to 200 feet deep, the lake is home to over 50 species of fish, including walleye and sauger. Because it’s so out there, the rules are a bit lax with peak regulations (six per angler) checked only once every 24 hours. Fishing here requires some caution as the ice is delicate; bring a good depth sonar and be prepared for 10-20 mile trips.

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