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Devils Lake named top ice fishing destination in the U.S. by FishingBooker online platform

“First of all, the lake is huge and you can find many great fishing spots all around,” FishingBooker wrote in explaining Devils Lake's No. 1 distinction.

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Tom Rost of Devils Lake with a wintertime walleye. Devils Lake has been named the top ice fishing destination in the U.S. by FishingBooker.com, an online platform for booking fishing trips. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
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GRAND FORKS -- Devils Lake in North Dakota and Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota have been ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, as the best ice fishing destinations in the U.S., in a list compiled by FishingBooker, an online platform for booking fishing trips.

In a news release, FishingBooker had this to say about Devils Lake’s No. 1 distinction:

“First of all, the lake is huge and you can find many great fishing spots all around,” FishingBooker wrote. “In addition to this, there are bait shops and maps available around the entire lake. This makes it easier for anglers to get started, even if they don’t have any experience fishing here. Last, but not least, fishing here is really good. It’s not uncommon to reel in a trophy perch, walleye and pike – all in one trip.”

In describing Upper Red Lake, FishingBooker cited the big lake’s large walleye population and shallow water that allows it to freeze early, putting the lake among the first in the region to offer safe ice.


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“Fishing here is really good and you’ll be reeling them in all day long,” FishingBooker said, adding big crappies and perch also can be had.

Rounding out the website’s list of top ice fishing destinations were:

  • Silver Lake, California.

  • Birch and Quartz lakes, Alaska.

  • Lake Gogebic, Michigan.

  • Lake Champlain, Vermont.

  • Antero Reservoir, Colorado.

The full article is available here .

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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