Ice Fishing Fests Are Fun for All

By Explore Minnesota

Ice fishing tournament, Brainerd Lakes

Even if you don’t ice fish, you can still celebrate this Minnesota tradition at one of many festivals held around the state each winter. More than 10,000 people head to Walker every year for the International Eelpout Festival. The festival garners national media attention for traditions like eelpout curling (blocks of ice with eelpouts sticking out of them serve as the rocks), a polar plunge, and a bar made out of 40,000 pounds of ice.

On Feb. 9, Ice Buster Daze in Crookston has sledding, ice skating, and a dinner and dance. And at the Grumpy Old Men Festival in Wabasha (Feb. 22-23), non-fishing activities include minnow races, cribbage and bingo.

More 2019 Ice Fishing Events

For a full list of ice fishing festivals, visit our extensive events calendar.