Minnesota Ice Fishing for Walleye, Perch & Panfish

Minnesota Ice Fishing for Jumbo Perch

The Hill Motel is centrally located to some of the best ice fishing lakes in Minnesota. There is nothing more delicious than a meal of freshly-caught fish from the area’s frozen northern waters.

Anglers find winter success on many area lakes with walleye, jumbo perch, crappies, bluegills and sunfish plentiful. Whether you are bringing your own portable fish house or renting a fishhouse from one of the many area outfitters, you’re certain to enjoy your ice fishing vacation in northern Minnesota.

We’re just 5 miles from the north end of Lake Winnibigoshish’s state-owned boat landing and world-class ice fishing on Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Lake. We are only 40 minutes from Red Lake and their famed ice, and we’re close to other great ice fishing lakes like Round, Island, Sand and Bowstring as well.

We offer plenty of parking and have outdoor electrical outlets available. Our on-site heated fish cleaning house is spacious with running water and electricity.  Make the The Hill Motel your lodging choice for your next Minnesota ice fishing vacation.  Call us today for reservations: 218-659-9220.


Ice Fishing Requirements

While on or fishing waters with size restrictions, all fish for which the size restriction applies must have their heads, tails, fins and skin intact and be measurable except when a person is preparing and using such fish for a meal.

Packed Fish Labeling

When packing fish, labels identifying the fish must include the name of the lake where the fish was caught and the size of each of the fish that are regulated under a special size limit.

Ice Fishing Safety Tips

  • No ice should be considered safe.
  • It takes at least 4 inches of clear solid ice to support a person on foot, 5 inches for a snowmobile and 8-12 inches for a small car or truck – but ice varies from place to place on the same body of water and sometimes within 10 feet!
  • Check with local bait shops, resorts etc. as to the current ice conditions
  • Access the lake through an area resort and try to travel on plowed ice roads.
  • Consider walking or using a snowmobile or ATV, rather than a car or truck, and avoid ice travel during hours of darkness, when there’s heavy snow or fog – drive slowly at all times.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • Avoid areas where there may be flowing water or currents.
  • Pressure ridges or ice heaves occur, especially on large lakes – these can be dangerous due to thin ice or an obstruction you may hit with a car, truck or snowmobile.
  • Carry a cellular phone with you – call 911 for any emergency