From mid-December through February, Central and Northern Minnesota come alive with the roar of snowmobiles and the sounds of ice augers. The lakes become ice villages, complete with roads, shacks and a population of ice anglers. They are all on the ice to take advantage of walleye, northern pike and other game fish, even Eelpouts. Ice fishing is one of Minnesota’s top winter outdoors activities, and with more than 11,800 lakes, Minnesota is an ice angler’s paradise. Many of these lakes become winter vacation destinations and are home to winter resorts, ice house rental and guiding business.