The big lakes are still ice free while a few of the smaller ones have frozen over. Hopefully the temperatures will cool down and the big lakes will freeze solidly before the Lake Trout fishing opener.
The lakes don’t have too much time to freeze as the lakes inside of the Boundary Waters open for Lake Trout fishing on December 31st. Lakes outside of the BWCA open on January 14th. According to the MN Department of Natural Resources “trout continue to feed heavily in winter… trout were found with anywhere from 30 to more than 100 prey items in their stomachs, depending on the study.”
Hopefully they will be hungry when the fishing season opens!