Not to be a troll, but doesn't one fish for trout in Minn. in winter through the ice? Heck, we do that in Co., too.
Might make for an interesting change of pace, just sayin'.
Southeast Minnesota is all spring creeks, which stay around 40F all winter long. Winter fishing is a bit slow due to the cooler water, but still can be very productive if you know what you're doing. Some ice forms on still water, but the channels and currents all stay open.
It's one of my favorite times to fish that area because it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. When the sun shines down to the bottom of the stream and warms up the rocks, you can get midge hatches that result in excellent dry fly fishing. Olive wooly buggers and small stone nymphs are also very productive.
Ted's holding out on you big time. He showed you the slums, now ask him for pics of Minnesota ice trailer village on Mille Lacs. Bunks, satellite flatscreen TV, heated, propane grills. They can fish and watch their Vikings get their butts kicked without even wearing a coat.
Got a feeling I might hear about that last comment
Heh, all good points. That picture was from a Minnesota lake stocked with trout. That is what winter trout fishing looks like for those that don't take advantage of the streams. Thankfully many people enjoy ice fishing (not that there is anything wrong with that). Heck, I've spent my fair share of nights in ice houses. Satellite TV, fridge, microwaves, tapped kegs, etc. They're awesome. But I just have never been able to think of it as real fishing. Staring at a Vexilar to me is more like playing a video game. Sure, the first 10 bluegills are fun to watch come shooting up as a little red line, but after that it's just boring. The technology and creature comforts just take some of the "game" out of the chase. However, I've got no problem enjoying a few beverages and watching other people yank fish out of the holes. But when I want to actually fish I go to a stream.
I'd rather walk a mile or two up a small, secluded stream and have to worry about busting ice out of my guides while truly enjoying the outdoors than sit in someones loaded up ice shack watching Christian Ponder blow another game for the Vikings.