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Popular Ice Fishing Destinations

North America

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I can't possibly list all of the great ice fishing destinations worldwide, but I can list a few with outstanding reputations, in case you are planning on taking a little ice fishing road trip and are looking for a new place to discover.

Maybe you have always wanted to check out the Lake of the Woods and would like to experience a few other destinations along the way.

It doesn't really matter where you're coming from, there are an abundance of choices along the way. I'm glad we have lots of choices, but it's overwhelming when trying to narrow it down to just a few.

We are taking a trip to Milwaukee, WI to try to catch some Steelheads and Seeforellen Browns through the ice around Milwaukee Bay on Lake Michigan. We plan on spending several days trying for large trout, before checking out a few more places in Wisconson and Minnesota.

I'm having a very difficult time trying to narrow it down to just a few destinations. I have always wanted to ice fish some of the bigger bodies of water up north, like Lake of the Woods, and the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, but I doubt we'll get that far this time, as I hear Mille Lacs and a couple of smaller lakes calling...

Final plans will probably not be pinned down until we are actually on the road.

My goal with this page, is basically to get YOUR mind on a few of the possibilities, so that you get out your bucket list and get back to making the most of your time here.

This compilation ice fishing destinations is merely a primer to get you to do some digging on your own to find hidden treasures in an area of interest.

As I do my own research, both on the road and online, I will be adding links to useful websites dedicated to many of these ice fishing destinations. I will select sites offering 'HomeGrown' & Insightful information. Like this one...Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

NOTE: If you have a website for a guide service, resort, chamber of commerce, DNR, or whatever, and would like your link to appear on this page, (or elsewhere on www.ice-fishing-central.com, just shoot me an email... and we'll make it happen.


CANADA Literally hundreds of possibilities, primarily in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Here are a couple from each of these beautiful provinces...

° Alberta - Lake Manitoba Narrows, Lake of the Praries, Dauphin Lake and Lake Winnipeg

° Manitoba - Gunisao Lake, Port Dover and Lac du Bonnet

° Quebec - Saint-Pierre Lake, Champlain Lake and Saint-Louis Lake

° Ontario - Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Bay of Quinte, Lake Nipissing, Lake Erie and Lake of the Woods

° Saskatchewan - Tobin Lake, Otter Lake and Lake Athabaska

Here is an article on ice fishing Canada


° Antero Reservoir
° Blue Mesa Reservoir
° Eleven Mile Reservoir
° Granby Lake
° Lake John


° Candlewood Lake
° East Twin Lake


° American Falls Reservoir
° Devil's Creek Reservoir
° Palisade's Reservoir
° Treasureton Reservoir


° Chain O'Lakes
° Evergreen Lake
° Lake Le-Aqua-Na
° Mazonia FWA


° Kokomo Reservoir
° Oliver Lake
° Pine Lake
° Silver Lake
° Whitewater Lake


° Clear Lake
° Lake Macbride
° Spirit Lake
° West Lake Okoboji


° Madawaska Lake
° Long Lake
° Sebago Lake


° Onota Lake
° Lake Nippenicket

MICHIGAN Ice fishing is a Mega-Industry in the great state of Michigan. Known as the Great Lakes State, Michigan, as we know is virtually surrounded by water. Michigan is often broken down into regions, so I have listed a few ice fishing destinations from each region:

Upper Peninsula:
° Lake Gogebic
NW Lower Peninsula:
° Lake Cadillac
SW Lower Peninsula:
° Muskegon Lake
NE Lower Peninsula
° Thunder River Bay
° Houghton Lake
SE Lower Peninsula
° Saginaw Bay

MINNESOTA - One of the world's ultimate ice fishing havens. The land of 10,000 lakes? How could we possibly do justice to a page on ice fishing destinations. These Upper Midwest states each offer such an amazing list of ice fishing destinations, that is futile for me to try to adquately cover them. What I am going to do is write about places that I have first hand knowledge of, or that I have actually fished. For now, here is a very short list, including a couple of the most popular, as well as a couple of lesser known hot spots.

° Lake of the Woods
° Mille Lacs Lake
° Leech Lake
° Red Lake
° Oak Lake
° Lake Minnetonka
° Gull Lake
° Lake Winnibigoshish
° Elm Island Lake (just to name a few...)

° Reporting Tagged Fish in MN


° Bighorn Lake
° Cooney Reservoir
° Flathead Lake
° Fort Peck Lake


° Lake Winnisquam
° Lake Sunapee
° Webster Lake
° Lake Winnipesaukee
The Lake Winnipesaukee Travel Guide will help you find all of the hidden treasures in the lakes region of New Hampshire. Find the best places to go boating, skiing, fun activities for the kids, day trips, berry and apple picking, shopping, best restaurants, great places to stay and more.

NEW YORK There a numerous ice fishing destinations in New York, including:

° Lake George
° Lake Oneida Walleye fishing
° Chaumont Bay on Lake Ontario
"The perch, northern pike and walleye fishing is incredible here in the winter time." says Cyndi of Chaumont Hardware. They also sell sporting goods and cater to the ice fishing enthusiasts of northern NY. Check em out.


° Devil's Lake
° Lake Sakakawea
° Lake Oahe
° Lake Metigoshe

° Indian Lake
° Knox Lake
° Lake Erie - Where ice guides Shawn Dages and Travis Kowalski of put-in-bayiceguides.com are gearing up for another season on South Bass Island at Put-In-Bay.


° Olney Pond
° Hundred Acre Pond
° Worden Pond

Here's a good website on South Dakota...FishingSD.com

° Glacial Lakes and Praries region
° Lake Oahe
° Angostura Reservoir
° Shadehill Reservoir
° Orman Dam


° Bear Lake
° Fish Lake
° The Flaming Gorge


° Lake Champlain
° Caspian Lake

WISCONSIN - Offers some of the finest ice fishing destinations in North America. Like Michigan and Minnesota, Wisconsin is home to so many renowned ice fishing spots, that it is far too much to properly cover here, especially being from Colorado. We are going on an ice fishing adventure, in Jan 2010, that will include several stops in Wisconsin. In the meantime, here is just a small sampling...

° Ghost Lake
° Lake Geneva
° Delavan Lake
° Lake Winnebago
° Lake Michigan
° North Woods of Wisconsin including:
° Lac du Flambeau
° and the Minocqua area


° Bighorn Lake
° Boysen Reservoir
° Fremont Lake
° Jackson Hole Valley
° Keyhole Reservoir

Thank you for reading and GOOD LUCK ice fishing!

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