Ice fishers around Minnesota have one more day to get their shacks off the ice. Those spending the weekend on a frozen lake likely have a trailer with them to take their ice house away.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says all ice houses must be off of lakes in the southern two thirds of the state by Monday night, despite the fact that the recent cold weather has left many still frozen into the lake.
There are a lot of things we do here in Minnesota that many would think are crazy, but for us are normal. Wally and Mel’s Apparel and Goods in New London put together a list of the top 10 most Minnesotan things.
The officers who enforce Minnesota’s fish and game rules have an order for ice anglers: Pick up your trash. Conservation officer Bret Grundmeier of Hinckley spends hours each season encouraging anglers to clean up after themselves. He says it’s disappointing to find so much trash left behind.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding ice anglers that they need to clean up the area around their ice house after they remove it from the lake.
Authorities resume their search for two people missing while ice fishing on a lake in southwestern Minnesota. Lincoln County sheriff’s officials say there’s evidence their vehicle may have broken through the ice near Norwegian Creek Campground north of the community of Lake Benton.
Authorities say 29-year-old Brianna Jean Thooft and 54-year-old Bradley Allen Lund were last heard from since on early Sunday morning. They were reported missing later that evening.
Some local veterans got to take part in some friendly competition out on the ice Saturday. The Holes for Heroes fishing tournament was held on Medicine Lake Saturday afternoon. It’s a free fishing event for Minnesota Military Veterans and their families.
A new generation of kids were introduced to the sport of ice fishing Saturday on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Along with learning how to bait the hook, the kids got to use sonar cameras and other gadgets to track the fish under the ice.
It’s a “go” for the 25th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The Crow Wing County sheriff’s office met with representatives from the Brainerd Jaycees on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay on Wednesday to verify ice conditions.
The St. Croix River has become a frozen playground for those who love winter and the outdoors. It seems to, over the last ten years, bring more and more people out here,” Dave Farr, of Bayport, said. Three times a week, Farr runs his dogs up and down the St Croix River, but his exercise route ends south of the new St. Croix bridge.
It’s cold outside. But, that means ice fishing season is heating up! It’s one of the most popular sports in the state, and many look forward to the time of year when the ice is thick enough for it.
The story may sound a little fishy. OK, actually it sounds incredibly fishy, but in the good way. The potentially record-breaking way. Will Spychalla and Carlyn Salmela caught a monster sturgeon in the St. Croix river on New Year’s Day.
Despite colder weather, the DNR wants everyone to think twice before going out on the ice right now. The department says because of the recent weather changes, there are inconsistent ice conditions.
With just a shovel and a strap from their fish house, two teenagers became heroes in a west metro town. On Nov. 23, Alex Stark and Cody Clements were ice fishing on Long Lake when the two men next to them went through the ice.
While it may not be safe for driving, the ice formation is generally ahead of schedule. And if you ask Joe Harty, bait shop owner and 47-year Medicine Lake fisher, it’s been a long time since it’s been ready this early.
This time of year is prime fishing time. It’s a good time to get out on the water, drop a line in and hopefully catch some walleye. Our border states allow people to fish with more than one line at a time. So why does Minnesota only allow one line in the water?
It’s been two weeks since ice houses cleared local lakes, but some are still ice fishing. So that got us wondering: With cold days like Sunday, is the ice still safe to walk on?
A fishing event held Saturday in Wisconsin had a very fitting name. It’s the annual “Freeze Your Butt Off” tournament in Hager City, the first open water tournament of the year.
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In Minnesota, owners of ice houses are finding them stuck in the deep snow and ice – if they can even get to them in the first place. So much snow has piled up on lakes that trucks can’t get through. And once they do, they’re dealing with thick ice and slush that’s tough to tackle.
The deadline for Minnesota’s ice fishers to get their shacks off the state’s lakes is approaching, though many are doing it earlier, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.
In it’s 39th year, the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held Saturday afternoon. Besides fishing, the event featured a vintage snowmobile show and an ice-auger drilling contest. Photojournalist Mike Durenberger has all the sights and sounds from the derby.
For the first time, we’re hearing from a Sartell, Minn. man who fell through thin ice and spent more than 25 minutes underwater. He then spent three and a half weeks in a coma and lost more than 50 pounds.