As ice fishing explodes in Minnesota, fish management becomes more crucial

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 Jan 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  454

Modified Jan 11th, 2019 at 11:33 PM

Ice fishing gets easier — and more comfortable — but at what cost?


No one knows how many hours Minnesotans spend ice fishing each year.

But it’s millions. Many millions.

The state’s three most popular ice fishing destinations — Lake of the Woods, Lake Mille Lacs and Upper Red Lake — account for more than 5.5 million hours alone, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Yet one thing is certain. Increasingly, anglers are wetting lines in the confines of a highly mobile shelter on wheels that offers the comforts of home. And they are doing it with ever-improving high-tech equipment. This makes fishing easier and more fun. It also makes fish management more challenging.

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