Blog By Dan Johnson
With snow and cold making a triumphant return across the Ice Belt, it’s high time to plan out your early season hardwater adventures. Options abound depending on your local waters and favorite species. But for walleye fans, shallow basin-type lakes are hard to beat right out of the gate.
Typically first to freeze and home to fertile fisheries, such waters range from relatively small prairie potholes scattered across western Minnesota into the Dakotas to large systems like Upper Red Lake. Wisconsin’s shallow flowages also make the short list of first-ice hotspots, provided you target slack-water reaches that cap over ahead of areas of current.
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