Great Bars – The Angry Walleye & Igloo on LOTW
Two bars. The Angry Walleye Bar and the Igloo Bar on the ice are sensational sights to experience on Lake of the Woods. Who ever thought of placing establishments like this on ice?!?! Well, there are many entrepreneurs around and Lake of the Woods is no exception. There’s even a food truck parked near or on the ice called Walleye Bites that “lure” customers with their specialties.
The Angry Walleye is located off of Cyrus Resort’s Road and is open at 2 p.m. daily. They feature beer, drinks and pizza to add to a great day of fishing on the lake. Bring back your limit and celebrate at the bar with friends all around. This is a great destination to add to your fishing experience.
The bar itself has been built inside of a large fish house and has a delightful and inviting atmosphere. Last week featured a celebration for a 90 year old fisherman who has fished Lake of the Woods quite frequently over the years. Congratulations.
You can see that this addition to the attributes of the lake is exceptional and very inviting for all anglers. Bring in your fishing stories to the Angry Walleye to add to those being already told there.
Winter is a happy and busy time up at Lake of the Woods. The area is buzzing with activity. In these parts, winter is celebrated and welcomed. Ice fishing is an absolute culture in Northern Minnesota. Anglers from all ability levels and all walks of life come up to partake in some of the best ice fishing in the world at Lake of the Woods.
Another destination at a different location on the lake is the Igloo Bar. This bar, in particular, has earned quite a reputation. You see, this bar looks like an igloo. It is located out on frozen Lake of the Woods. It is loaded with big screen TV’s, electric lights, running water, a bar, limited hot food menu, and heated porta-potties that look like little igloos. It’s unlike anything else on the lake. This year the bar is located in its usual position out on the lake on Zippel Bay Reef.
Decked out with satellite TV, propane heat, running hot water and hoodie-clad bartenders, the arc-roofed bar also serves soup, sandwiches and pizza. The bottled beer, shots and mixed drinks flow for six nights a week until the ice softens in late March. That’s when tractors haul it back to shore in two pieces.
Couples have been married there and snowmobilers drive miles to use the heated outhouses. And for a few dollars an hour, you can lift up a section of the tavern’s insulated floor and jig for walleyes from your bar stool.
“If you are looking for something different, this is different.” “It gets a little crazy in here when someone catches a big one,” offered Nick Painovich, owner of the Igloo. He usually situates the Igloo miles out from shore above a walleye hot spot in the Zippel Bay fish house village.
The Igloo is licensed as a mobile food court, fish house and caterer, the Igloo requires electricity (supplied by a gas generator) to heat food and pressurize hot and cold water. All waste water gets hauled to shore in holding tanks and poured into the resort’s own disposal system. Each morning and evening workers haul out huge generators on wheels that send power to the big Igloo and also the heated lavatories. If traveling by snowmobile, a “spur” of the trail goes right to the bar from the Zippel Bay State Park trail as well as the trail on the lake.
The owners of these bars had to jump many hoops with the MN DNR when first done. They have passed the tests and they have proven to be “hot spots” for anglers to frequent during their trip to Lake of the Woods. Ice roads are well marked, plowed and maintained when heading to these locations.
It is quite the entrepreneur who is able to organize and operate a business like these. It takes on greater than normal financial risks and staffing to run these bars.
A great success story each year is about bartender Jennie who daily places tip ups in a hole during morning hours before she preps the building. History has shown that Jennie is an avid fisher-woman as the picture shows. She has landed some monster northerns through the holes of the Igloo to “bring and brag” to other anglers that frequent the spot. So, have a beverage and pizza and lift up the table to drop your line in a hole in one of the biggest “fish houses” on the lake.
Let’s don’t forget about the great comradery to be had with anglers at both of these great locations. Come soon!!!
For more information on ice fishing contact our website at: www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com/ice-fishing
And for lodging see: www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com/lodging
See Face Book pages also at these sites: www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodmn, The Igloo Bar and the Angry Walleye.