Most anglers have put their boats away, and are gearing up for the ice fishing season--few reports are available at this time.
Ice continues to form on most Minnesota lakes and rivers. Please remember that ice is never considered totally safe. The Department of Natural Resources reports that 4 inches of ice is the minimum thickness recommended for travel by foot. Ice safety guidelines also recommend a minimum of 5 inches of new, clear ice for snowmobiles and ATV's, and 8-12 inches of new, clear ice for cars and small trucks. Melting and refreezing of ice makes it less stable, especially in areas with springs or current, such as near lake inlets and outlets.
Baudette Anglers on the Rainy River report excellent fishing, with limits being taken.
International Falls The Rainy River is giving up walleyes above the dam at the Ranier Rapids, and below the dam at the rocky channels nearest International Falls.
Twin Cities/Metro Vicinity
St. Cloud Anglers continue to take walleyes from the Mississippi River.
Red Wing On the Mississippi River, walleyes and sauger continue to hit hair jigs and minnows at the dam.
Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236,
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954