Winnebago Ice Fishing

Winnebago Ice Fishing

A new season, a new adventure…

By: Larry Smith

A new ice-fishing season is upon us, and with the arrival of this year’s layer of hard water comes new opportunities for adventure, fun and fishing success.  Even though I may fish across the Midwest in pursuit of different species and unique fishing scenarios while filming Larry Smith Outdoors, I spend a tremendous amount of time, both guiding and exploring, on the system that I like to call home:  The Winnebago System. Continue Reading

It’s Worth the Wait

It’s Worth the Wait

By: Marc Drewek

It has always been my passion to travel and hunt as many places for Whitetail deer as possible. While searching the internet in 2000, I came across an outfitter out of Fairfield, Iowa. At that time I had no idea what caliber deer were in that state, I always thought of Iowa as a place to hunt Ring-necked Pheasants. Continue Reading

Poygan Wisconsin Ice Fishing

Poygan Wisconsin Ice Fishing

By: Kyle Sorensen

Ahh yes… It’s that time of year again.  Finally!  Jack Frost shows himself more and more as I look outside to see his unique designs, carefully placed throughout my windows.  The boat seats are caked with frozen dew as I step into the boat for one of the last voyages of this open water season.  The boat’s days are numbered for this year; it’s bittersweet. Continue Reading

The Key to Panfish Success!

Feast or Famine

By: Larry Smith

When it comes to fishing, it’s usually the little things that you do that can make such a big difference. This is especially true when it comes to ice fishing. When fishing a body of water such as Lake Winnebago, most of the time you are fishing expansive mud flats. Continue Reading

Ice fishing On Bago

The great challenges of Ice fishing on Lake Winnebago

By: Larry Smith

Growing up on Lake Winnebago, I have watched the ecosystem change over the years. When I was younger and used to fish on the lake with my dad, we didn’t even have an ice auger rather we used an ice spud, better known as the ice chisel that my Dad had fabricated at work. I remember that we were always out on Lake Winnebago by early December.  We always went out to my Dad’s favorite spot that he lined up by using landmarks, there was no such thing as GPS. Back then, the water was very stained. There were no gizzard shad in the system, and the main forage was trout perch, shiners, and yellow perch. Continue Reading

Into the Deep for Winter Panfish

Into the Deep for Winter Panfish

By: David Duwe

Lake Map for Pleasant Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin

For many years, my father and I were plagued with catching only 5 to 6 inch panfish while ice fishing in the shallow weed flats.   My how things have changed, with Vexilar and Marcum fish locators, 5-6 inch panfish are a thing of the past.  The ability to see underneath the ice opened up the deep water structure on many local lakes.  With fish locators, ice fishermen can now work the deep water locations where the larger panfish reside. Continue Reading

“CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT”

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT

Written by:  Max Muzynoski

It’s Friday, November 27, 2015 of the Wisconsin gun deer season. Not many hunters out and even fewer gunshots heard. I’ve hunted with gun and bow for 46 years now. I clearly remember that deer season meant “nine” days, not just opening weekend and maybe a day or two during the week, but nine days.  It’s tradition! Hunters sure don’t hunt like they did years ago. I give my dad credit for all his guidance in teaching me how to hunt at a young age. I believe in never giving up.  You have to put in the time and effort to be successful; learning hunting skills that only come with experience. The thrill of the hunt has never left me. Continue Reading

Huntin’ for Peace

Huntin’ for Peace

By: Tony Blando

It’s usually the middle of August when I first feel it.  It seems that every year it happens right around that time and generally sets up the same.   This year it happened early on August 20th at the beginning of my morning walk with my better half. Continue Reading

Put The Hunt back into Deer Hunting

Put The HUNT back into Deer Hunting

By: Rod Grimme

I started gun deer hunting in Wisconsin at age twelve in 1984.  It was the most exciting time of the year.  I looked forward to the oncoming season much like that of the coming of Christmas morning in my earlier years.  As the seasons passed and I grew older, my excitement and anticipation dwindled even though this was during the years of population booms and successful hunts.  The enthusiasm faded for gun hunting but returned as I became enamored with bowhunting.   I enjoyed the tranquility of the woods and the skills and patience needed to kill a buck.  The thought of heading to central Wisconsin for the opening weekend barrage of bullets and heading back Sunday night no longer held as much appeal. Continue Reading