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
Why Fish Cribs Work and Why They Fail
When I encounter fish cribs in lakes where I scuba dive, I typically see one of two opposite things: cribs holding fish, and cribs attracting no fish at all. In years of first-hand underwater observation, I have noticed that the cribs with fish share certain characteristics. So do the cribs devoid of fish. I’ve concluded that there are two key aspects of cribs that succeed in drawing and holding impressive numbers of fish. Those two critical components are design and location. Let’s look at each one separately and see why some cribs succeed while other cribs fail. Continue Reading
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