The Best Spots to Catch Crappies While Ice Fishing in SE Minnesota

The Best Spots to Catch Crappies While Ice Fishing in SE Minnesota
The Land of 10,000 Lakes turns into an ice-filled wonderland each winter. The canoeing, fishing, swimming and kayaking of summer yields to skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. One sport fish species, crappie, is a popular fish to catch during the chilly winter months. Knowing where to go is an important component to successful crappie fishing during the Minnesota winter. The southeast portion of the state has several places that come with strong recommendations. Be sure to have a valid Minnesota fishing license prior to ice-fishing in the state.

Lake Kohlmeier and Rice Lake State Park

The shallow waters of Lake Kohlmeier near Rice Lake State Park, located to the south of Rochester, Minnesota, are reported as clean and clear lakes to fish for crappie during winter, as stated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. Anglers may use the warming hut and house at Rice Lake State Park as a backup should the cold get too much. Lake Kohlmeier is stocked and is a reported good spot for ice-fishing crappie by MDNR.

Rice Lake State Park
8485 Rose St.
Owatonna, MN 55060-6114


Fountain Lake

Fountain Lake is reported to be a good crappie lake for ice-fishing; there is a local ice festival and ice-fishing tournament at the lake. The Fountain Lake Sportsmens Club Ice Classic is held in conjunction with the city of Albert Lea's Winter Carnival. Crappie fishing at Fountain Lake is reported on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a popular destination for anglers seeking quality ice-fishing in the southeastern part of the state.

Lake Pepin

The Destination360 website reports Lake Pepin as being one of the top 10 ice-fishing spots for crappie in Minnesota. In addition to the popularity of the ice-fishing, Lake Pepin is also one of the more popular lakes in the state for a destination getaway, according to Minnesota Fishing Online ( There are several access points for the lake along highways 63 and 61. You can use these for dragging ice shanties onto the ice during winter. Lake Pepin in southeast of the Twin Cities.


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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