Now is a great time to prepare for ice fishing this winter, and one place to start is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website.

The DNR’s “learn to ice fish” page ( includes species-specific guides for everything from bluegill to walleye and tips to get started and safely enjoy time out on the ice.

Additionally, anyone can register for a free webinar about ice fishing that will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, at noon. For more information about the webinar, check out the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website (

Before heading out on the ice, also take care to review and follow the DNR ice safety guidelines (

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