Posts Categorized: ice fishing

Minnesota ice bars, ice fishing & polar plunges

Grand Superior Lodge’s BLU ice bar takes inspiration from the Split Rock Lighthouse. Lake Superior helps keep it cool. Minnesota dreams up icy frolics & February fun By Lisa McClintick Costumes add to the fun of the Pout Plunge that’s part of Walker’s Eelpout Festival. Take warm welcome of Minnesota Nice, nip it with winter… Read more »

Walker’s Eelpout festival: Spring break on ice

Let’s see…We have the fake-baked Coors girls looking like Barbie in Siberia, a bikini contest, and a whole lot of people donning swim trunks to jump into Leech Lake where 4-foot chunks of ice have been removed. This is Walker, Minn., during one of the town’s biggest events of the year. The annual Eelpout Festival… Read more »

Bundle up for Minnesota’s biggest ice fishing festival

Last January, the windchills were 20 below at the  Brainerd Jaycees’ $150,000 ice-fishing extravaganza. That didn’t seem to bother anyone except posers like me with hand- and toe-warmers and pajama bottoms augmenting long underwear and too-thin snowpants. Truly hearty Minnesotans brought portable heaters to thaw their beer. Bud slushie, anyone? The sheer spectacle of this ice-fishing contest–10,000 people and 21,000… Read more »