Fishing Bago Round Two

Fishing Bago Round Two

By: Kyle Sorensen

There are two activities that I consider to be the most tranquil and fulfilling experiences I have each year while enjoying the outdoors.  One, of course, is being up north.  The other has sparked the topic for this article.  It goes without saying, I love fishing on the Winnebago System.  The Lake Winnebago System can be VERY challenging, yet it can be VERY rewarding.  Each year I am asked if there is a night bite on the system.  I’m here to tell you there is! Continue Reading

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

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

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

EARLY ICE GILLS

EARLY ICE GILLS

By: Kyle Sorensen

When the first layer of skim ice hits the local bays and ponds, I know it’s almost here.  The first hole I get to rip by hand lets me know I have been slacking off the last few months as the muscles in my arms begin to burn.  The burn is a good burn as I know I’m finally back out on the hard water. Continue Reading

FIRST ICE

First Ice

By: Kyle Sorensen

And so it begins.  The wait that just torments us ice heads – the thermometer is dropping and our anticipation is climbing.  The combos have been lubed up, line refreshed, and the best lures tied on… at least for this week.  My wife may or may not have caught me in the garage a couple times, just sitting in my ice shack… but I don’t blame her envy.  I look out my window, and I see the beautiful sight of the white flakes dancing across the lawn.  Everything needs to be ready.  You never know, we could get a foot of ice overnight; then it’s go time.  I look over at the calendar and the unfortunate reality kicks in – it’s only November. Continue Reading

Last Chance Ice Fishing in WI- User Submission

Last Chance Ice Fishing in WI- User Submission

Ice Fishing

The shorelines on this lake were gone but that didn’t stop one ice fisherman from catching a whole bunch of WI Crappies

One Wisconsin ice fisherman got out on the ice one last time this weekend before the entire lake looked like this shoreline. While the shore of the lake was melted off, there were some parts that you could access it and get out to the middle where the ice was still 6-8 inches thick. Continue Reading