TRAVEL BEST PLACES TO FISH Posted Nov 19, 2014 By: wfn Top Ice Fishing Destinations This Friday November 21, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, World Fishing Network will be airing its annual Ice Block Marathon, a four-hour programming marathon dedicated to ice fishing. The marathon will feature ice fishing episodes of South Bend's Lunkerville, Outdoor Passion, Lindner's Angling Edge, The Next Bite, Canadian Sportfishing and an encore presentation of back-to-back episodes of Ice Team. The Ice Block pays tribute to that special time of year when freshwater anglers in Canada and northern U.S. put aside their boats, dust off their augers and head out on the hard water for some ice fishing. Walleye, perch, pike, crappie, lake trout - whatever the species may be, finding the right place to fish is paramount when mobility is not quite so easy as it is in the summer. There are hundreds if not thousands of great ice fishing lakes out there, but if you want to travel to where you'll know you'll catch lots of quality fish, then check out the list below for the top ice fishing destinations in North America. Lake of the Woods, Ontario/Manitoba/Minnesota The Lake of the Woods sits on the Canada/U.S. border, occupying parts of Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota. After the Great Lakes, it is the largest freshwater lake that is at least partially located in the States. Its vast area and differing cover provides great fishing year-round, but the lake is especially popular during the ice fishing season. Walleye gets the most attention by far, but northern pike, jumbo yellow perch, whitefish, and lake trout can be had as well. There are over 40 fishing resorts in the area, so finding a place to stay near the lake should not be an issue. Lake Simcoe, Ontario Lake Simcoe is one of the most intensely fished bodies of water in the country, hosting a number of tournaments including some of the biggest in North America, like the annual Canadian Ice Fishing Championship. It's location just north of Toronto and other large communities is another reason why it's so popular. Perch are a major draw as they can grow larger than a pound in size. Pike, lake trout, and whitefish are other popular species for ice anglers. Lake Washington, Minnesota Lake Washington draws hundreds of anglers every year for the annual Big Bobber Ice Fishing Contest. Crappie is the main query in this catch-and-release tournament, and with a $1,000 prize for 100th place, you can see why so many anglers try their luck in this contest. The lake is located about an hour's drive west of Minneapolis, making it a top destination for urbanites looking to get out of the city for some ice fishing. This year's Ice Fishing Contest takes place on February 2. Antero Reservoir, Colorado Antero Reservoir is a 2,200-acre impoundment located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel, over 100 miles southwest of Denver. While it may not be as famous for its ice fishing as some of the other spots in this list, Antero Reservoir makes up for it with its diverse trout fishery. Rainbow trout draws the most attention, with fish averaging 14-18 inches, though there are much bigger rainbows out there as well. In addition there are brown trout, cutthroat, splake, brook, and even some kokanee salmon. If you like the idea of catching multiple trout species in one trip, then you'll love Antero Reservoir. Lake Nipissing, Ontario Bob Izumi holds up a perch he caught while fishing Lake Nipissing. Lake Nipissing is one of the largest lakes in Ontario, with a surface area of over 330 square miles. Located next to North Bay, Nipissing offers one of the best walleye fisheries in the world. There are all kinds of eater-size walleyes between one and three pounds, but they can get much bigger than that, reaching 10 pounds and beyond. In the winter, there are numerous ice fishing lodges you can rent out to truly take advantage of the lake. There are also plenty of pike and perch to go after in Nipissing. Cold Lake, Alberta/Saskatchewan You'd be all smiles too if you caught an 18-pound lake trout ice fishing Cold Lake, Alberta. Is there a better name for a great ice fishing destination than Cold Lake? Located on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border northeast of Edmonton, Cold Lake is where you want to go if you want to catch monster fish through the ice. Lake trout are a favorite pursuit, where a ten-pound catch is actually common. Cold Lake is also home to big pike, walleye, whitefish, and jumbo perch. The lake is more isolated than others on this list, but the results are well worth the trip. Honorable Mentions Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota; Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan; Lake Mendota, Wisconsin; Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin; Bay of Quinte, Ontario; 11-Mile Reservoir, Colorado.