Minnesota Ice Fishing Charters

Minnesota Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Minnesota

Minnesota: 8 fishing charters available

Fullscale Outdoors Fishing Charter

Stacy
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Pj's Guide Services – Ice Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Spring Park
trips from $350

Fish Eye Guide Service

Browns Valley
trips from $400

Lagoona Guide Service – Mille Lacs

Onamia
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

It’s easy to see why the ice fishing Minnesota enjoys each year is such a big deal. The Land of 10,000 Lakes spends almost half the year below 32ºF. It also has one of the best mixes of freshwater gamefish in the country, with Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskellunge (Muskie), Trout, Bass, and more. During the height of the ice fishing season, entire villages can grow on some lakes, complete with plowed roads and streetlights. People really know how to make the most of winter here!

Minnesota Ice Fishing Spots

Cut a hole anywhere and you can pull up a panfish or two. If you want to take things to the next level, here's our bucket list of amazing lakes for ice fishing.
 

Mille Lacs

As many as 5,000 huts show up here each year. People come for the epic Walleye bite, but the Perch, Pike, and Muskies are great, too. Mille Lacs Lake can get crowded, but fishing here is a rite of passage for any ice fisher worth their salt.
 

Lake of the Woods

This is the most northern part of the contiguous US, so you get a long season once you set up your hut. Lake of the Woods has a Walleye bite to rival even Mille Lacs. It also has Sauger, Pike, and monster Muskies. 
 

Gull Lake

Gull Lake is home to home of the world’s biggest charity ice fishing competition, Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. An incredible 10,000 people take part in this fun-filled event each year, and you’re welcome to join them!
 

Lake Superior

Lake Superior is so big, it rarely freezes entirely. It’s is the only place in the state where you can ice fish for Salmon. The lake is best known for its Trout fishing, though, with Brown and Lake Trout in huge numbers.
 

Red Lake

With a ton of tasty Walleye and easy access from State Highway 72, this is a great spot to visit for a day trip. The Upper Red Lake has the best ice fishing, but the whole lake can be productive.
 

And So Much More

Big Stone Lake is productive for Perch. Rainy Lake has some wonderful Walleye. Leech Lake is full of both. Honestly, you can find great fish everywhere!

Minnesota Ice Fishing Seasons

The best time to ice fish is in the winter. Alright, you might have guessed that. On average, the best and safest months for ice fishing are January and February, but it depends on the body of water.
 
The safe season for ice fishing depends on where in the state you are. On the border with Iowa, huts are cleared off the lake by mid-February. In the north of the state, you will find them out until the end of March. On-foot anglers often fish well into April.
 
It’s also down to depth. Shallow lakes like Mille Lacs freeze a lot earlier and are normally safe by mid-December. Deeper waters like Lake Superior freeze more slowly and aren’t ready until January. Larger lakes also hold more oxygen, keeping the fish active longer into the season.

Ice Fishing Techniques

The basic method is to cut a hole through the ice and jig lures like flash spoons or swimming lures. Finding the right depth is key to bringing in your specific species, as is knowing what the structure is like below. Walleye like easy access to deep water, while Musky and Pike hunt around humps and rocks. Drilling in the right spot is key, so fishing with a guide or an old hand really gives you a head start.

Need to Know

Ice fishing can be dangerous if you don’t take precautions. Stay away from dark ice. Ask the locals where’s safe. Better still, get a guide to show you where and how to fish. A general rule is that 4 inches will hold a person and 10 inches will hold a car. If you have to ask “is this ice thick enough?” you should probably stay away. You can find useful information on the DNR’s website.
 
Don’t let us scare you off, though! Ice fishing is great fun and a productive way of catching a delicious winter feast. It’s a core part of Minnesota life, so grab your biggest coat and get out there!
Minnesota
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Go to Muskies and More Guide Service and ask for Captain Brian Koshenina! Have him take you out for a great day of fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to Muskies and More Guide Service and ask for Captain Brian Koshenina! Have him take you out for a great day of fishing!
Pamela  D.
Pamela D. Fairfield, CA
We happen to run into a very hot stretch of weather but the trip was still spectacular and a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We happen to run into a very hot stretch of weather but the trip was still spectacular and a lot of fun.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Quincy, Massachusetts
Book your trip with Muskies and More. Brian is good and will get you to the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Muskies and More. Brian is good and will get you to the fish.
Justin  W.
Justin W. Maplewood, MN
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Sheila  J.
Sheila J. Duluth, MN
Try here’s a reason they call it “fishing”... and not “catching.”
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Try here’s a reason they call it “fishing”... and not “catching.”
Richard  J.
Richard J. Eden Prairie, MN
We had a great time fishing. Captain Brad works hard to get you on the fish I would recommend Captain Brad.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time fishing. Captain Brad works hard to get you on the fish I would recommend Captain Brad.
Rod  K.
Rod K. Duluth, Minnesota
Fish Mille lacs or the area. Trust your guide. If he knows the lake, he'll take care of you. Hes always prepared. As long as you come prepared, you'll enjoy yourself
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish Mille lacs or the area. Trust your guide. If he knows the lake, he'll take care of you. Hes always prepared. As long as you come prepared, you'll enjoy yourself
Darron  M.
Darron M. Minneapolis, MN
Just remember your sweatshirt in the morning. And drinking a couple beers seemed to help the fish start biting!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Just remember your sweatshirt in the morning. And drinking a couple beers seemed to help the fish start biting!
Karl  S.
Karl S. Minneapolis, MN
Plan to enjoy the day out on the lake, if the fish don't come it's still worth it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan to enjoy the day out on the lake, if the fish don't come it's still worth it
David  W.
David W. Minneapolis, MN
Be prepared for weather change and some great fun pulling in large Lake Trout!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather change and some great fun pulling in large Lake Trout!
Ron  H.
Ron H. Cloquet, MN
The warm water had the fish scattered but we still caught and lost some. The Captain suggested some other times of the year to target certain fish. Would definitely going again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The warm water had the fish scattered but we still caught and lost some. The Captain suggested some other times of the year to target certain fish. Would definitely going again.
Brian  S.
Brian S. MINETONKA MLS, MN
Try a charter service. My first trip with Captain Mike of Happy Hookers was amazing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try a charter service. My first trip with Captain Mike of Happy Hookers was amazing!
Loren  M.
Loren M. Memphis, Tennessee
Great environment for children and everyone. We Stayed in Superior and had great meals at a number of local restaurants. Fun place to visit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great environment for children and everyone. We Stayed in Superior and had great meals at a number of local restaurants. Fun place to visit.
Don  R.
Don R. Sioux Falls, SD
Totally depends on the weather. We happened to hit it just after a cold front, and the Northern’s and walleye were not biting much. Caught lots of bass and still had fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Totally depends on the weather. We happened to hit it just after a cold front, and the Northern’s and walleye were not biting much. Caught lots of bass and still had fun.
Russell  H.
Russell H. Oskaloosa, Iowa
As with all fishing experiences, patience is a must. You probably are not going to catch your limit, but you most definately will catch fish. Sit back and enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As with all fishing experiences, patience is a must. You probably are not going to catch your limit, but you most definately will catch fish. Sit back and enjoy the experience.
Jon  O.
Jon O. Duluth, Minnesota
Go with the Happy Hooker group. They know how to catch fish & have fun. Very friendly, make it fun for all ages, & they know where to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the Happy Hooker group. They know how to catch fish & have fun. Very friendly, make it fun for all ages, & they know where to go.
Starr  F.
Starr F. Minneapolis, MN
Watch the rain ahead of time. It may wash silt into the Lake and make the fishing more difficult but, the trip is worth it if just to see Duluth from the water!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Watch the rain ahead of time. It may wash silt into the Lake and make the fishing more difficult but, the trip is worth it if just to see Duluth from the water!
Jordan  G.
Jordan G. Minneapolis, MN
Come for more than a single day. By the time we were done fishing we just skimmed the surface of a great town!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Come for more than a single day. By the time we were done fishing we just skimmed the surface of a great town!
Sean  F.
Sean F. United States
Depending on the season, dress appropriately for the weather. Charter a fishing boat if you want to have an awesome experience fishing on Lake Superior.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depending on the season, dress appropriately for the weather. Charter a fishing boat if you want to have an awesome experience fishing on Lake Superior.
Marie  G.
Marie G. Mankato, Minnesota
Gerry at Hatteras. He is very accommodating and enthusiastic. He wants you to catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Gerry at Hatteras. He is very accommodating and enthusiastic. He wants you to catch fish!
Rich  S.
Rich S. Saint Paul, Minnesota

Top Targeted Ice Fishing Species in Minnesota