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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:24 AM 12/10/05 (CST)
In case any of you missed it...

By DOUG SMITH
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
04-DEC-05

Minnesotans love ice fishing. And that infatuation has been growing. The number of ice fishing house licenses sold has more than doubled over the past 30 years and hit an all-time high of nearly 157,000 in 2003. And few of those houses are occupied by only one angler. When it comes to ice fishing, it's a numbers game. Here are a few:

2 _ Number of lines an angler is allowed to use while ice fishing, one more than while open-water fishing

200 _ Feet allowed between anglers and their tip-ups.

$380 _ Amount a power ice auger will set you back.

10 _ Crappie possession limit

$150,000 _ Cash and prizes offered in the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza at Gull Lake in January.

12,000 _ Number of anglers who participated in the contest, billed as the world's largest, two years ago.

20 _ Sunfish possession limit

$280 _ Cost for an electronic fish finder

4 _ Inches of new, clear ice required to support a person.

5 _ Inches of ice recommended to support a snowmobile or ATV.

8 to 12 _ Inches required to support a car or small pickup. Twelve to 15 inches is recommended for a medium-sized truck.

57 _ Number of ice-related fatalities in Minnesota since 1995.

20 _ Number of those fatalities tied to ice fishing.

12 _ Number of years the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show has been held.

$280 _ Price of one model of underwater TV camera favored by ice anglers; cost of a tip-up.

190 _ Miles from Twin Cities to Leech Lake and Walker area, a panfish hot spot.

$300-$400 _ Cost of a typical two-person portable ice fishing house.

340 _ Miles from Twin Cities to Lake of the Woods, one of the state's earliest _ and best _ ice fishing destinations. Anglers beware: New walleye and sauger restrictions govern the Minnesota side of the big lake this year, including a protected slot. See DNR regulations for details.

$30 _ Cost for a rod-reel combination

$1.2 billion _ Annual estimated economic impact of fishing in Minnesota. The breakdown for ice fishing is unavailable.

100 _ Miles from Twin Cities to Lake Mille Lacs, a prime destination. An abundance of 13- to 17-inch walleyes should make this winter much improved over recent years. The protected slot for walleyes, starting Thursday, is 20 to 28 inches. Walleye limit: four, with one allowed over 28 inches.

250 _ Miles from Twin Cities to the state's best lake trout fishing in northeastern Minnesota. The winter lake trout season opens Dec. 31 within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Jan. 14 on lakes outside or partly outside the BWCA.

2 _ Possession limit for lake trout.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:31 AM 12/10/05 (CST)
"$1.2 billion _ Annual estimated economic impact of fishing in Minnesota. The breakdown for ice fishing is unavailable."

WOW... Maybe we could get 'Dude some jing for this website. I bet he could put up a heck of a site for a little of that!


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 05:36 PM 12/11/05 (CST)
Good find Scrunch. I love stuff like this!



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