The best winter fishing destination in the country is in Minnesota

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Is there anything Minnesota isn't No. 1 at? The latest top ranking comes from FishingBooker, which rated Brainerd as the No. 1 fishing destination in the country. 

FishingBooker describes itself as the world's largest platform for booking fishing trips, and since it knows all there is to know about the best places to throw a line into the water it has unveiled the best fishing destinations in the U.S. 

  1. Brainerd, Minnesota
  2. Stuart, Florida
  3. Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  4. South Padre Island, Texas
  5. Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac, Michigan

Here's what they said about the Brainerd Lakes Area being so special. 

"When we say Brainerd, we mean ice fishing! It’s no surprise that Brainerd came in first on our list. Based in central Minnesota, Brainerd is home to the biggest ice fishing event in the world. The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza takes place every January on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, 15 miles north of the town. By participating in the tournament, you’ll not only be in for a lot of fun, but you’ll also be contributing to charity. In recent years, the event has raised $150,000 for charities annually."

It goes on to say Brainerd is a "winter outdoor paradise" featuring skiing, winter biking and countless art galleries that display photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, copper and other metalwork.

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The 2020 Ice Fishing Extravaganza will be held Jan. 25 on Gull Lake. More info here

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