For tens of thousands of Minnesotans, the scene in the photo above from Lake of the Woods last winter is akin to heaven on Earth — or on Earth's ice.
It's a scene about to be repeated.
Reports from the big lake indicate safe ice on some parts of the lake near Baudette.
Sportsman's Lodges reports that on Sunday afternoon, 4 Mle Bay had about 6 inches of ice, with several spearing houses on the west side.
Anglers are reporting very clear ice and water. "We are optimistic about fishing by Dec. 10,'' the report said.
Elsewhere, smaller lakes in far northern Minnesota are seeng some angler activity. Caution, as usual, is advised.
Low temperatures in the single digits are predicted thoughout much of the northern half of the state this week — good for ice-making.
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The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday morning it is reversing its earlier decision to ban live bait for most Mille Lacs anglers beginning with the May 14 opener.
DNR says lake's walleye population is healthy.
Anglers targeting walleye must use only artificial bait and immediately release all walleye caught. The DNR's rules are intended to conserve walleyes, while providing some action for anglers.
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