A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

Fishing is popular and there are easily accessible areas along the Rice River. Locations are posted with "Public Fishing Area" signs, and fishing brochures are available at the refuge office. Refuge fishing areas are open in accordance with Minnesota seasons and dates. While Mandy Lake and Twin Lakes are open to fishing, anglers are usually most successful on Rice River. An accessible floating pier is also available at Mandy Lake and South Trail. 

Available species include northern pike and yellow perch. Only non-motorized or boats with electric motors are permitted. Ice fishing is permitted; gas powered augers not allowed.

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