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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is no joke on Lake Mille Lacs! Enjoy darkhouse spearing, fish house rentals, and much more on the lake. 

Legendary Ice Fishing

There’s just something about sitting in a toasty warm ice house in the middle of winter, waiting for that lunker to nibble on your hook. Maybe it’s the sense of peace and relaxation, or maybe it’s the anticipation of what just might come up through that hole in the ice.


Whether you’re after the mighty Lake Mille Lacs walleye, northern pike, or pan fish, be sure to check the DNR’s fishing regulations for current limits.

Get prepared for ice fishing


In excessively cold November, the lake has frozen over by Thanksgiving, but normally the ice fishing activity starts around the first week of December near shore and in sheltered bays.


The lake is usually frozen over by the middle of December, and freezes all the way across by late winter, with ice sometimes 3 feet thick. Plowed lake roads provide easy access on and off the lake.


March usually signals the start of the melting season.

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