It’s the fall season and anglers are finally coming to accept the fact that the colder months of the year are here. For fishermen in the southern regions of the country, ice fishing means packing up and taking a trip somewhere cold enough. For fishermen who live in the northern areas, this means finding the spots where the ice is thick enough. At any rate, there’s something special about creating a hole and sitting down with a rod and a crisp winter air.

For most anglers, ice fishing is best met with technology. We suggest grabbing a fish finder to figure out where to create your holes, and yes, multiple holes are usually the way to go. When you find a school of fish, having more than one hole will up your chances of reeling in as many fish as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the best ice fishing locations in the country:

  • Lake Washington, Minnesota
  • Lake St. Clair, Michigan
  • Mondeaux Flowage, Wisconsin
  • Upper Red Lake, Minnesota
  • Lake Champlain, Vermont
  • Manistique Lakes, Michigan
  • Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin
  • Antero Reservoir, Colorado
  • Devil’s Lake, North Dakota
  • Saginaw Bay, Michigan

These lakes provide great atmospheres for family and friends to gather and reel in some delicious fish. While most people think of Canada, and rightfully so, an awesome day of ice fishing can be had all over the U.S. As we move into the winter months, don’t be afraid to throw on your warm clothing, grab a reel, and head out on the ice for some fishing!