Our 2022/2023 guided ice fishing operations will begin in late December and end in mid-March. After March closing, lodging-only bookings are available for ice anglers who wish to fish on their own.

Leech Lake is legendary for it's Jumbo Perch! - View Ice Fishing Gallery!

Ice Fishing

It has an irregular shoreline with large points and bays ranging from 4 feet to 170 feet in depth. It receives much less fishing pressure than Mille Lacs Lake. Two of the premier ice fishing "hot spots" of Pine Point and Grand View Flats are just minutes from Brindley's Harbor Resort. Our guided fishing offering is Perch Specific. Each person's daily perch limit is 20 fish and you may have up to 40 perch in your possession.

Brindley's ice houses are heated, lighted, and comfortably hold 4 anglers each. Additionally, our guides employ several two-person portable day houses to help you stay with the fish schools and still have shelter. If the lake roads are snowed over we provide transportation to your ice house via utility snowmobiles or our tracked ATV.

Our full-time ice guides are led by Mike Bridges, a 25-year full-time employee, and full-time employee. We typically have 1 or 2 additional guides working as well.  Mike is often the focus of attention for our summer visitors when cleaning fish. He can professionally fillet a fish about every 11 seconds! We host a maximum of about 25 angling guests at a time so the guides, (and our other staff in support roles), can continue to provide their famous Brindley's service at a personalized level.


A typical day starts between 7:00, and 8:00 am with a continental breakfast in the lodge.  The guides have been on the lake to warm the permanent ice houses and open their fishing holes by this time. At about 8:00, guests can follow the guides to the ice houses in their own vehicles. After opening a series of fresh ice holes in the selected area, the guides spend time fishing with, coaching, instructing, and enjoying the company of our guests.

Finding active fish for our guests is our top priority. On a lake with 112,000 acres, this is both a challenge and an opportunity. If catching is challenging or if large schools of fish are not evident, the guides will set off to try and locate active fish. If the guides successfully find a more productive area, they will return, advise all of the possibilities, and help guests move and get set up in a new target area. This involves drilling 6-10 new holes per angler and possibly setting up portable shelters. We feel that moving frequently adds considerably to everyone's overall success, but in the heart of a northern Minnesota winter, the logistics can become difficult. Anglers with their own portable shelters, ice augers, and ATVs or snowmobiles are encouraged to bring them.

Generally, our fishing sites are within 3-9 miles of the resort, so guests can return to the resort for lunch if they wish. The fishing day ends at about 4:30. Perch seldom bite well after dark, and at our latitude, "dark" equates to about 5:00 PM.

On days end, guests can settle in at the lodge or in their deluxe housekeeping home for relaxation while the guides fillet and package the days catch. Almost all our guests have success and enjoy the excellent facilities at Brindley's Harbor Resort.

We work very hard to provide each guest with a high level of personalized ice fishing service. To ensure this, we limit the number of guests to about 25 anglers.



(Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights)


each person per night including all taxes


(Friday and Saturday nights)


each person per night including all taxes


  • Full time guides to help locate fish, drill holes and coach
  • Professionally manufactured ice houses (typically - eight holes, heat, lights)
  • Portable two person ice shelters to follow active fish
  • Free fish cleaning
  • Overnight lodging in high quality 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes
  • A continental breakfast in our lodge. (Suspended due to Covid concerns)
  • We focus all our attention on Guided Ice Fishing Guests:
    • We do not rent ice houses only
    • We do not have non- guest lake access
  • Due to the large size of our lodging units we require a three person minimum and a two night minimum per group.
  • Two night minimum. $320 deposit per lodging unit.
  • Storm cancellations - deposits applied to rescheduled 2022 winter reservations.
  • 6.875% State Sales Tax, .5% County Tax and 3% Lodging Tax included in price.
  • We accept personal checks, VISA & Master Cards *.
  • * A $10 convenience fee will be added for each persons stay that is paid by credit card.
  • Telephone reservations held eight days without deposit.
  • Deposits and reservations will be confirmed by mail.
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Please observe the following guidelines so your facilities may be properly prepared for you.
    • Check-In: Ice House, Arrival Day, after 12:30 PM - Lodging, Arrival Day, after 4:00 PM *
    • Check-Out: Ice House, Departure Day, prior to 11:30 AM - Lodging, Departure Day, prior to 10:00 AM
  • * For guest traveling long distances, we also offer an option to arrive in the evening, spend the first night at our (tax included) $45 per person per night "motel" rate and the start fishing at 8:00 the first morning. Ask about details if this option is of interest.

  • Minnesota has an on-line electronic License Identification Number program. Brindley's no longer sells licenses. You can purchase your license via telephone by calling 888-665-4236. You will need to have a credit card (MN residents also need their drivers license #) and you will be issued a ID # which authorizes you to fish immediately. Alternatively you can still purchase a license at larger area sporting goods retailers
  • In addition to a license, you need to bring groceries, personal items including bath towels and bath soap, fishing tackle and your choice of live bait.
  • There are lodging only dates open in late March, after we end the guided operations. Click on the "Availability" chart to view dates yet open. There is usually viable ice fishing on Leech Lake thru March (and even early April without the use of trucks or automobiles).


Brindley's lodging facilities are outstanding in winter! Our 3, 4 or 5 bedroom luxury log homes are the highest quality rentals in the Leech Lake area. Visiting guests have first option for the same lodging and (approximate) calendar dates the following year. If a departing guest has not renewed a reservation the lodging unit is available to others. Click on our Availability Calendars to see current openings. Click for Winter Rates.

All accommodations have lots of secure parking for vehicles and trailers. Brindley's lodge, store, and game center are open all winter. Snacks and Beverages are available to compliment lively conversation. For current local ice and snow conditions plus the weather forecast click here.

Oak Ridge House

(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 9 people)

Our Oak Ridge House is a deluxe year 'round home well suited as a base for enjoying a north woods winter. There is a full kitchen, 3 baths, 2 stone fireplaces, a dish washer, and a clothes washer and drier on the lower level to deal with wet clothing. Seven physical beds (plus hide-a-beds) per unit. TV.

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Click here for all Winter Rates.

Oak Ridge House
Cottage "B"

(Minimum # of guided anglers 3, maximum of 6 people)

We winterized our popular summer "Cottage B" for winter use in 1999. It has a full kitchen and three bedrooms, (a queen bed in one bedroom and two twins each in the other bedrooms). There is also a hide-bed-couch in the living room to bring the total sleep capacity to six. There is a full bath and an additional 1/2 bath. The interior is knotty pine and it has a Heat-N-Glo glass front stove to provide a warm glow to the cozy north woods ambiance. TV, WiFi.

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Cottage "B"
Luxury Log Homes "2 and 3"

(Minimum # of guided anglers 6, maximum of 10 people)

New in 2011. Five bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual five bedroom units or a combined 10 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, five baths, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, clothes washer/dryer, and many upscale amenities. Nine physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi.

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Luxury Log Homes "2 and 3"
Luxury Log Home "15"

(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 7 people)

New in 2002. It has three spacious bedrooms plus a loft and will comfortably sleep 7. It features a fireplace, 2 full baths, a luxury 2 person whirlpool, dishwasher, and many wonderful amenities. In winter cottage 15 is reserved for non anglers only. No Smoking.

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Luxury Log Home "15"
Luxury Log Homes "16 and 17"

(Minimum # of guided anglers 4, maximum of 9 people)

New in 2003. Four bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual four bedroom units or a combined 8 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, three baths, a luxury two person whirlpool, dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer, and many wonderful amenities. Six physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi. This is definitely not "roughing it".

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Click here for all Winter Rates.

Luxury Log Homes "16 and 17"