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Best Lakes for February Trout Fishing in Minnesota

Best Lakes for February Trout Fishing in Minnesota

 

brook troutWhile spring and summer are ideal for fishing, don't count out February, especially when it comes to trout fishing in Minnesota and early crappies. Turnip Lake and Thrush Lake are ideal catching brook trout this month. Here's what you need to know:

FEBRUARY

Brook Trout

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

February can be a tough month for ice-fishing. Sure, fish can be caught. But winter's doldrums settle in, walleyes get awfully dormant, crappies become hard to find, and even the pike slow down. Time to change things up! Here's the plan.

Ski or snowshoe in to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), winter camp for a couple of nights, and fish one of the many trout lakes where colorful and hungry brook trout roam.

Turnip, Thrush and Boy lakes north of Grand Marais are managed with special regulations for trophy brook trout. If you've always wanted to catch big brookies, these are good bets, and chances are you'll have the ice all to yourself.

Fish shallow water (10 to 15 feet) and use Jigging Raps. Tip them with the head of a small salted minnow, or else wax worms, to add a little meat.

This isn't a trip for the faint of heart, but it is an adventure in solitude that you will never forget.

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