Welcome to FM @bigpunfun
You should also try the Vermilion- Virginia Forum.
Someone looking at this will hopefully help you out.
Have fun and please be sure to come back and let us know how you do. Pics are awesome too.
From where it is, I would guess ATT if anything.
(zoom in and enter zip code for that area. Cook is 55723 so that's a start. Looks like ATT has coverage. Tmobile roams on ATT.
I've personally spent years catching crappie with minnows.
Usually I will drop a dead stick with a minnow and jig another line with a waxie. Have similar luck on each rod.
Always depends on what the fish want of course. I like to give them the most options.
Heading to the Virginia Mn area Ice fishing in a few weeks. I've fished the Duluth area most of my life but finally spreading out a bit.
Not hoping to get anyones "spot".
How are ice conditions? Anywhere to stay away from safety wise?
Any dead lakes that would be a waste of my time on a limited trip?