Ice fishing season kicks off

  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 7:48 PM

Ice is forming on Minnesota lakes, and it won't be long until hard-water fishing kicks into gear.

Meanwhile, winter anglers are gearing up for another season.

That's what they'll do this weekend at the 20th annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, which begins Friday at St. Paul RiverCentre.

"It's the largest ice fishing show in the country," said Laurie Hallowell, director of operations. "The beauty of ice fishing is the price points: You can spend as little or as much as your budget allows. We have everything from small tackle or lures to $85,000 fish houses."

Hallowell expects about 19,000 anglers and 190 vendors to attend.

Among the attractions this year is a "fillet queen" contest where women will compete in a fish-filleting contest. For more information on the show, see stpaulicefishingshow.com.

The St. Paul show no longer is the only game in town. This year the National Sports Center in Blaine held its first Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo on Nov. 16-18.

About 5,100 people attended the inaugural show, said Barclay Kruse, communications officer for the center.

"We were delighted," he said. "We're absolutely going to do it again next year. In fact, we're going to expand our space."

The expo had 50 vendors, and already another 20 have signed up for next year, Kruse said.

Is there room in the Twin Cities for two ice fishing shows?

"It's a small market, we'll see," said Hallowell.

But Kruse said officials in Blaine believe both shows can be successful.

"We're not trying to be as big as the St. Paul show -- we don't have the space, history or tradition," Kruse said. "But I think we can fill a role. We want the St. Paul show to be successful," he said, because if ice fishing businesses succeed, both shows will benefit.

DOUG SMITH

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Baltimore 5
NY Yankees 0 Top 6th Inning
Toronto 1
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 6th Inning
NY Mets 1
Boston 8 Top 4th Inning
Tampa Bay 1
Miami 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Atlanta 0
Cleveland 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 0 Top 2nd Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 1 Top 2nd Inning
Houston 1
Chicago Cubs 0 Bottom 1st Inning
St. Louis 2
Colorado - C. Bergman 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Oakland - J. Lester 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Los Angeles - D. Haren 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Washington - J. Zimmermann 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Milwaukee - W. Peralta 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 21 2nd Qtr 2:33
Connecticut 7
(6) Jacksonville St 0 2nd Qtr 9:13
(8) Michigan State 28
Bowling Green 0 2nd Qtr 11:30
Western Ky 14
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 0 1st Half 44:55
Sporting Kansas City 0
Ottawa 3 5:35
Montreal 8
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close