Early Ice Fishing Reports Across The Region Are Spotty, But Better Days Are On The Horizon

You could almost watch the ice forming in real time the past few days with the drastic arrival of winter and the onset of cold temperatures. For ice fishing enthusiasts, the arctic blast came none too soon. Slowly but surely, ice fishing is getting underway on lakes across the region. Upper Red, as is typical, is…
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Ice Fishing Shows This Weekend And Dec. 2-4 Kick Off The Winter Season For Hard Water Fanatics

Ice fishing still appears to be a ways off, thanks to another balmy start to November, but that could change anytime, depending on what the weather does in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, a couple of big ice fishing shows are on the horizon for anglers itching to get a hard water…
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Fishing Guides Won’t Be Allowed On Lake Alice, Other Federal Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against allowing fishing guides to operate on Lake Alice near Devils Lake. Part of Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, the federally managed lake was open to ice fishing for the first time this winter. Guiding is considered a commercial venture, and the service requires the public to…
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Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Tournament Results

I was up on Lake of the Woods over the weekend and didn’t cover this year’s Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. One thing’s for certain, though: The weather this year was considerably warmer than it was last year, when a stiff wind created subzero windchills that were cold enough to test even…
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Ice Fishing Finally Getting Started On Lake Of The Woods

Finally. In a single word, that probably sums up the mindset of resort owners along the south shore of Lake of the Woods, who are starting their winter fishing season. Finally. I messaged with Gary Moeller of Ballard’s Resort this morning, and he said resort crews are pulling houses onto the ice and getting them…
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