Minnesota’s big lakes are well-known for their extremely good ice fishing opportunities and with a little luck, you can catch both plenty and really big bluegill, crappies, perch, walleye, and northern pike.
In order to be able to safely land your ice pike, you either need a strong fluorocarbon leader of about 50-60lb or a titanium wire leader of about 25-30lb. Both leaders have good abrasion resistance and will be able to handle the ice hole’s sharp edges, even under hard pressure.
In order for you to enjoy that hot cup of coffee while ice fishing, you will need a high-quality vacuum thermos that can keep the liquid that is inside of it warm for many hours.
After having done some research and joining most of these communities, I can assure you that these 5 forums and groups include a ton of valuable ice fishing tips and very active, engaging, and helpful members.