THE ICE IS ROTTEN…
BUT THE FISHING’S NOT
By: Kyle Sorensen
Let’s face it, this winter has been a fierce one. Many days well below zero, various weather advisories, maybe a [few] back-breaking hours on the lake digging out your vehicle? It hasn’t been an easy one but I know one thing, we sure were given ice and a lot of it. Before you start the ever daunting task of first, finding all of your hard water equipment (Isn’t it amazing where some of it turns up?) and second, cleaning and storing it away for the season; WAIT! Continue Reading
Into the Deep for Winter Panfish
By: David Duwe
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
Gear & Tackle to Kick Start the Ice Season
Ice fishing is in full swing here in Wisconsin! I have been able to get out a handful of times, much earlier than the past few years due to cool weather conditions. Each outing has been with my boyfriend, Kurt, and our friends/family. We have had some excellent days with dozens of slab crappie, handful of jumbo perch, and many eater eyes. On the other hand, we have had a few days where the fish were extremely finicky and the success rate was extremely low. Either way, it is always enjoyable to get out on the ice!
Hit and Run Perch
By: Jason Mitchell
Schools of perch often seem to continually be on the move. When there are several mouths to feed, sitting in one location doesn’t work. A school of perch can devour everything in its path. I would hate to be a minnow or crawfish when jumbo and all of his friends roll through. Continue Reading
Well-balanced Presentations Trigger More ‘Ice’ Fish
Role of the rod and line in ice-fishing success, plus late-ice tips
By: Dave Genz
This winter, we’ve focused on what Dave Genz considers the keys to presenting a bait to fish under the ice. About the effectiveness of horizontal jigs, knot positioning and cadence of the presentation. To tie a bow around the topic, a bit about the crucial role the rod and line play in your ability to execute the Genz pounding presentation and experiment with cadence. Continue Reading
Into the Deep for Summertime Crappies and Bluegills
Consistent Panfish Action
By: Dave Duwe
Maybe some of you can relate to this childhood memory.
My dad and I always went fishing in the shallow bays for bluegills in the spring. We had a great time. As summer grew closer, we continued to fish those shallow bays and I always wondered, “What happened to the fish?” The big bluegills became 3 to 4 inches by the middle of summer and we just thought the big fish weren’t biting. I guess we weren’t too good at figuring things out in those days. We just didn’t know how much we didn’t know! Continue Reading
By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson
After several weeks of sub-zero temperatures, the ice fishing season across the upper Midwest is finally in full swing. We were able to at last get out on the ice a few weeks ago and what a day it was! Warm temperatures in the mid 30s greeted us as we drove out onto Lake Poinsett in South Dakota, one of the state’s best multispecies fisheries. Continue Reading
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
Tiger Eye Glass Jigs
From the designer himself,
“Tigereye lures can be best described as unique and innovative for their versatility and one-of-a-kind design. These jigs can be used in a variety of ways; with their lightweight design, they can be used for lindy rigging, vertical jigging, ice fishing, slip bobber fishing…they are even light enough for fly fishing. Continue Reading
The High Road for Panfish
By: Jason Mitchell
The author Jason Mitchell believes that anglers can sometimes target some of the biggest crappie and sunfish by fishing high in the water column right under the ice.
Panfish can suspend anywhere in the water column and a big equation for locating fish and putting together a pattern is dialing in that productive zone. Before electronics, anglers often fished down through the entire water column. The edge that sonar gives us today is that we can speed up the process of getting back down to fish which makes us more efficient. Continue Reading