Ice Fishing on The Iron Range

Ice fishing is an exciting, popular winter activity on the Iron Range. Explore our many frozen lakes in pursuit of walleye, crappie, northern, and other winter catch. Whether you live here or are just visiting, there are many great guides, bait & tackle stores, and rentals that are ready to help make your ice fishing adventure a success.

On warmer days, the only equipment needed may be your usual bait & tackle, chair, ice fishing rod, or tip up. When the temperature drops, you may need an ice fishing house for additional more protection from the elements.

There are many great locations on the Iron Range to buy bait & tackle and other supplied  for your ice fishing expeditions.  Here are just a few resources to get you started:


Carey Lake

Ely Lake

Embarrass Lake

Lake St. James

Longyear Lake

Whitewater Lake

Wynne- Sabin Lake

Bait & Tackle

L&M Fleet Supply – wide-ranging options for your bait & tackle needs, from augers to portable ice fishing houses, reels, fish finders, and more!

Lucky 7 General Store – located on Hoover Road in Virginia, this gas station also sells hunting & fishing equipment.

Virginia Surplus – Purchase warm attire, winter boots, and fishing supplies for your winter ice fishing adventure.

Getting to the Lake

Once we’re farther into the winter people will drive cars, trucks or four wheelers onto Minnesota lakes, but nowmobiles remains the most popular mode of transportation for ice fishermen.  Bring your own, or simply rent one on your next Iron Range winter vacation.

Rentals – Rapid Rental & Supply in Virginia MN  ( : Rent 1- up or 2 – up snowmobiles for the day or for a full week.

Ice Fishing House

Purchase an ice fishing house in northern Minnesota to keep your fishing adventure warm and safe from the elements.  Fishing in comfort lets you fish longer!

Purchase – L&M Fleet Supply – Virginia, MN (