The public access was almost empty when I pulled in. As I unloaded my four wheeler, I could see a few vehicles still on the ice, but for the most part, the lake was quieting down for the mid day lull.
Once on the ice, I pointed my rig toward the cluster of houses at the far end of the lake. As I zipped across the frozen surface, I couldn't help but wonder what I would find amongst the ice shelters today.
Once at the edge of the shanty town, I parked and began the process of looking for suspended fish. It was not hard to do as there were plenty of old, frozen over holes that allowed for m...+ read more
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Ice-fishing and open water fishing are very similar in some ways and very different in others. The differences are obvious; the similarities are much more subtle. One of the things that open water fishing and ice-fishing have in common is the importance of the line you're using. At any time of the year, your line is the only connection between you and the fish. You have to find them, and then you have to make them bite, and your line can influence whether they bite or not, but once you do get a bite, the line you're using can be the difference between landing the fish or not. Following ar... read more
Across the ice belt there is no better time to put walleye on the ice - and eventually in the fry pan - than right now. Lots of us who love to fish live within easy driving distance of a body of water that probably has walleye swimming in it and, a quick end- of-the-day ice fishing trip can probably result in at least enough fish for a meal. Here are some suggestions for a simple, yet effective walleye fishing excursion.
Early ice is the perfect time for catching winter walleye as they often bite best for a period coinciding with first safe ice. Another important consideration r... read more
Matching Up for Ice Walleyes
When fish are moving, you can sit on a good spot and catch fish as they push through. When fish quit moving, you have to push through a spot to keep contacting fish. This can really be evident when targeting both walleye and perch. Especially with shallower water patterns on many lakes where we are finding fish in less than fifteen feet of water, these fish movements typically revolve around sunrise and sunset.
Anglers sometimes assume that they should fish aggressively during the prime times when fish roll through a spot and snap at lures but fishing ... read more
When ranking the most popular fish people target during the ice season, bluegills and crappies place near the top. They fight strong, taste great, and are plentiful in most lakes. When pursuing these well-liked fish, I've learned two very important factors. One is to learn panfish winter habits and their movement. Knowing why and where these fish move to can make you unstoppable on the ice. The second factor is to keep an open mind and be willing to quickly adapt to fish feeding changes. Too many times, anglers get stuck in a rut using a tactic or bait that produced well one time three y... read more
Not any old spoon works wonders when the bite... bites
Flip, flash, flutter and fall; jigging spoons have it all. Whether tipped with livebait, fake or sporting nothing but a plain Jane hook, jigging with spoons is one of the deadliest tactics for taking fish through the ice.
But not any old spoon is going to work wonders every time out. The lure's shape, metal-makeup and the thickness of the stamp not only dictates the action, but determines what performs best at different depths and on various species.
Ups and Downs
Enter ice-fishing expert Mark Brumbaugh; the Arcanum, Ohio, t... read more
I think just about anybody can figure out how to shoot a meal of squirrels. Sometimes it does seem difficult, especially those that hunt other species. It seems as though the squirrels know when you are bow hunting as they are out everywhere. The boys and I trekked out recently to try and fill a pot full with squirrel meat.
We headed out to my dads property where there were more than enough squirrels for Austin and me. CJ came along as Austins wingman and I went solo. Sometimes I guess brothers do like to hang out with each other, which I am totally fine with.
Once the deer season... read more
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December 3, 2013
When the sky starts going scarlet before supper, that's your sign to reach for your red MarCum soft-pack and pull your sonar out of storage.
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November 27, 2013
Frabill Ice Fishing Guide gives expert instruction while showcasing top new products
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November 26, 2013
Aqua-Vu's Multi-Vu System instantly adds underwater video to your sonar unit or LCD
Crosslake, Minn. - Sonar fish-finding units show us amazingly realistic underwater images. And yet, anglers stil... Read more...
November 25, 2013
Frabill's new softbag blend's Plano's tackle storage expertise with Frabill's infinite understanding of winter
Plano, IL - So what's the no-brainer this winter? Try Frabill hitting bait shop sh... Read more...
November 21, 2013
Custom Jigs & Spins' historic Rat Finkee made a name for itself in the '70s; still dominates today
Coralville, IA - What's in a name? Everything. Just ponder all the products we use today w... Read more...
November 18, 2013
Historic Brands Celebrate Partnership With Ultimate Ice Fishing Giveaway
MINNETONKA, Minn. - For residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, two legendary brands have risen above the ranks of the aver... Read more...
November 18, 2013
Frabill's New Telescoping Jiggler Long Rod Blends Stealth And Sensitivity
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