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

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

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

Great Lakes are 78% frozen- Highest Since 1996

Three Quarters of the Great Lakes are Frozen

great lake ice

Three-quarters of the Great Lakes are covered by ice according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

All of the cold weather and extreme polar vortexes around the country may have most people hunkering down indoors, but ice fisherman are thriving, especially in the Great Lakes. This year has produced exceptional ice on many lakes that fisherman may not normally have the chance to explore, including the Great Lakes. Three quarters (78.7%) of the Great Lakes are frozen this year, the highest percentage since 1996. Continue Reading

Fresh Fish & Eggs- Your New Ice Fishing Breakfast

Fresh Fish & Eggs- Your New Ice Fishing Breakfast

Fish & Eggs breakfast

Fish and eggs is a great way to start any day ice fishing and tastes amazing

While most of the time when we are having a long day out on the ice, we tend to reach for the bacon, sausage and eggs, do your heart a favor and mix it up a little bit this weekend. Fresh fish and eggs is a very common breakfast all across the world and is not only really good, but good for you. We all love bacon (who doesn’t?) but every once in a while it’s great to catch a fish and fillet it on the ice only to have it in your belly minutes later. Check out these ingredients and directions on how to make a tasty fresh fish and eggs breakfast for your next ice fishing outing. Continue Reading