Battle On Bago On Foot!
By: Kyle Sorensen
When you get a chance at over $275k in prizes, including two trucks and two boats, just for catching a fish… well, that’s what you call an ice fishing tournament! With the offerings and festivities so great, people come from all over to take part in the Battle on Bago. It’s an awesome time. Chances are if you are reading this, you have probably heard of it, much more likely fished in it. It’s a blast. Continue Reading
“TOM’S TOP TEN” FIRST ICE SAFETY CHECKLIST
BY: TOM GRUENWALD
The process begins nearly imperceptibly.
As autumn progresses, daily lows begin steadily dropping, eventually falling below the freezing mark. Observant ice anglers, noticing frost appearing across shaded lawns, roof tops and windshields on chilly mornings, sense pending change and respond by monitoring local waters. Continue Reading
Ingrid’s First Sturgeon Spearing Experience
By: Chris Garrison
I wanted my wife, Ingrid, to experience sturgeon spearing and see what it was all about. I told her the best way to do that the first time was to get an upriver sturgeon tag. She had never been sturgeon spearing before this year. She had never even been in a shack before. To be honest, I don’t think she had ever been ice fishing before. We started applying for an upriver tag for her about 6 years ago. We finally got the notice late last summer that she had been drawn for an upriver sturgeon tag. I was extremely excited…she was not. Continue Reading
Icing Bay de Noc Gold
By: Larry Smith
Ice is here! As many of you know, I am an absolute ice fishing maniac. As the temps plummet outside, my blood starts boiling with anticipation for what is arguably my favorite fishing season of all. I’m usually one of the first guys out on the hard water; using a lifetime of experience to safely assess the ice conditions and get on fish that haven’t been bothered in a month or more. Early ice is probably the most productive of the season, so I try to get out and start punching holes as soon as conditions safely permit. Crappies, bluegills, perch, pike; you name it. I love catching all of them on Wisconsin’s numerous fine ice fisheries. I am, however, a walleye guy and there is one place just north of the Wisconsin border that is probably one of the finest trophy walleye ice fisheries around: Bay de Noc. Continue Reading