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Traffic jams in northern Minnesota as anglers flock to Upper Red Lake

Huge numbers are being reported on the lake.
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With the warm winter (thus far) leaving many Minnesota lakes short on ice, anglers have been flocking in their droves to the few lakes that have some.

Chief among those is Upper Red Lake, which is already a hugely popular fishing spot, but now is one of the few locations in Minnesota with a solid sheet of ice, per the Duluth News Tribune's Jarrid Houston.

Traffic jams aren't the first thing that come to mind when you think of northern Minnesota, but it's what was happening Saturday according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

"There has been an overwhelming number of people heading to Upper Red Lake to go fishing," it posted.

"There are literally traffic jams in Blackduck, Kelliher and Waskish. Many of the lake accesses have shut down due to the number of people trying to get on the lake. If you are planning on going to Upper Red Lake you might want to call your access or resort of choice to ensure you can even get on the ice.

"It is still very early in the hard water fishing season - please use caution if you are heading on area lakes."

Images and video posted on social media shows the bumper crowds that descended on the lake.

A post on Facebook by Cookie's on Upper Red Lake reads: "It was quite busy on the lake yesterday. I have lived here 20 years, been visiting my grandma Olga for 55. I have never seen so many portables on the lake. Not even in the crappie days. I kinda hope there is some fish left for the skid houses. I'm sure we will be ok, as not everyone catches ."

The crowds at Upper Red Lake come in the same week the lake was named one of the best ice fishing destinations in the U.S. by online platform Fishing Booker.

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