Ice anglers can find walleye in numerous fishing grounds throughout Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, walleye is the most coveted fish in the state. Named for its pearlescent eye allowing it to see and feed at low light periods and murky water, the walleye is a prized catch for anglers all year, including the winter months.
Lake Owasso is in the communities of Roseville and Shoreview, just east of St. Paul. The lake spans 375 acres and is home to healthy populations of walleye. According to the Minnesota Sportsman, Lake Owasso is a great lake for walleye ice fishing. Public access is available at North Owasso Boulevard on the northeast corner of the lake. The ice can get thick enough for vehicles to be driven over ice although because of its size, ice anglers can easily walk to the most productive fishing spots. A walleye ice fishing hot spot is located on the saddle in the center of the lake.
Lake Waconia in Carver County, Waconia spans 3,080 acres with a maximum depth of 37 feet. According to the Minnesota Sportsman, this bowl-shaped lake is one of the west metro's best winter lakes for walleye ice anglers. The lake has numerous flats and humps that hold walleye throughout the winter fishing season. The southeast corner of Coney Island is a hot spot, as walleye tend to stack up in the point along the east side. Other species you may find are bluegill, carp, muskellunge, crappie and northern pike.
Bald Eagle Lake
Bald Eagle Lake is in White Bear Lake City and is primarily managed for its walleye and muskellunge fishery, states the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This 1,047-acre lake holds a healthy walleye population throughout the year including the winter months. Many locations teem with walleyes on the lake including the hard-bottom dropoff Cigar Island's south end. Bald Eagle Lake has two public landings and is also accessible through the park on the lake's southeast side. Other fish species in the lake include bluegill, carp, crappie and northern pike.
Bald Eagle Lake
White Bear Lake City
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Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.