Various Fish Through The Ice

February 7, 2017 by  

Various Fish Through The Ice

Boy oh boy what an ice-fishing season it’s been across the Midwest, and it’s not done yet: there is still lots of time to go fishing and lots of fish are still out there waiting to be caught. This is the time of year, though, when it pays to be flexible in your fishing. In […]

Walleyes Right Now

January 30, 2017 by  

Walleyes Right Now

In some states in walleye country, the walleye ice-fishing season is winding down. Some places protect walleyes as they enter the time of the year when they’re preparing to spawn. In the areas where catching and keeping walleyes is permitted, though, we are entering a time of year when walleye fishing through the ice can […]

Small Details For Bigger Fish

January 24, 2017 by  

Small Details For Bigger Fish

Ice anglers and open water anglers are always looking for a new trick that will help them catch more fish. They’re looking for that magic bait, or bait color, or method of retrieving, or whatever that will help them get more fish to bite. In reality, there is no one bait or technique that will […]

Creating New Ice Anglers

January 16, 2017 by  

Creating New Ice Anglers

Ice fishing is in high gear wherever people go ice fishing. Ice fishing can be a wonderful social event that anglers of all skill levels and ages can take part in. I recently got to watch a dad introduce his young son to ice fishing with outstanding results. The best time of the ice fishing […]

Mid-Winter Ice Fishing

January 9, 2017 by  

Mid-Winter Ice Fishing

We’re entering the mid-winter ice-fishing season. Ice-fishing this time of year can be productive, but it can also be challenging. If we have answers for those challenges, we can be successful at catching fish through the ice. Following are some of the challenges and some ideas for meeting those challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge for […]

A Favorite Ice-Fishing Location

January 4, 2017 by  

A Favorite Ice-Fishing Location

There are so many outstanding ice-fishing opportunities across the Midwest, but one location that has become a favored destination of mine and of many others is Big Stone Lake in west-central Minnesota. Actually, the east shore of the lake is in Minnesota, the west shore is in South Dakota. Big Stone is a wide spot […]

Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

December 27, 2016 by  

Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

It’s fun to catch fish through the ice, and it’s also really fun to eat some of those fish. When some anglers get a desire for a fresh fish meal in the winter months, they go after panfish. Here’s why and how. Why go after panfish when you want a fish supper? In most areas […]

Get Spearfishing This Winter

December 21, 2016 by  

Get Spearfishing This Winter

Did you spend any time on the ice last winter, spearing in North Dakota? If you did, you were part of a record 4,328 participants who registered to darkhouse spearfish, an increase of nearly 1,000 from 2014-15. One of the likely reasons for that is that North Dakota has set records for the number of […]

Ice Fishing This Season

December 19, 2016 by  

Ice Fishing This Season

Anglers are on the ice in many areas of the Midwest. Following are some considerations for better ice fishing this season. Be safe on the ice. Even if you see other people out there, keep in mind that ice will sometimes have flaws. Be careful where you’re walking and where you’re driving on the ice. […]

Keep Warm When Fishing In Cold Weather

December 12, 2016 by  

Keep Warm When Fishing In Cold Weather

Winter has arrived. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers. Many anglers like to go ice-fishing, many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams. Regardless of where you go fishing, you want to stay warm. If you’re not warm, you’re […]

Spoon Ideas for Icing Walleyes

December 5, 2016 by  

Spoon Ideas for Icing Walleyes

It won’t be long until we’re on the ice chasing walleyes. There are a lot of different ways to catch walleyes under the ice, but it seems like many, maybe even most walleye ice-anglers like to use spoons. There’s a good reason for that: spoons and other styles of hard baits catch walleyes really effectively. […]

Easy Ideas For Increased Ice Fishing Success

November 27, 2016 by  

Easy Ideas For Increased Ice Fishing Success

I saw a skim of ice on the pond this morning. Certainly not enough to walk on, but enough to provide hope that ice-fishing is not far away. Some folks just enjoy the social aspect of sharing an ice shelter with a friend or family member, but we all want to catch a fish, or […]

Ice Fishing is Coming

November 7, 2016 by  

Ice Fishing is Coming

It may not look like it now, but soon the outdoor landscape is going to change. It could be tomorrow or next week, but it’s going to get cold, it’s going to snow, there’s going to be ice on the ponds and lakes, and we’re going to have the opportunity to go ice-fishing. There are […]

March on the Ice

February 16, 2016 by  

March on the Ice

It seems like February just started and I’m already looking forward to ice-fishing in March.  March is my favorite month for ice-fishing. The days are longer, the weather isn’t as cold, and the fish like to get caught in March. Following are some things to keep in mind to catch more fish through the ice […]

On Frozen Pond

February 1, 2016 by  

On Frozen Pond

We’re on the back side of winter, and that means a couple of things. We’ll probably get another winter storm or two, and we’re also entering a period of outstanding ice-fishing action. End of the winter ice-fishing can be productive and enjoyable for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the days are longer. That […]

Ice-Fishing Memories

January 25, 2016 by  

Ice-Fishing Memories

I was in the garage messing with my ice-fishing gear the other day. I got to thinking about how ice-fishing has changed so much in the past few years, which got me to thinking about some of the memorable ice-fishing trips I’ve been on. In the following, I’ll share what made those trips memorable and […]

Spoons Under the Ice

January 19, 2016 by  

Spoons Under the Ice

Most bodies of water across the Midwest now have a coat of ice, and it looks like the fish have been eagerly awaiting the ice. Many anglers are reporting outstanding fishing when the weather is right.  Fish are kind of like most fishermen. They don’t like the extreme cold weather too much, but when the […]

North Dakota Ice Fishing Regulations

December 23, 2015 by  

North Dakota Ice Fishing Regulations

This year winter has kind of softly tiptoed into the Midwest, to the joy of pheasants and deer and somewhat to the dismay of ice anglers and everyone else who likes or needs snow. However, it’s late December and we’re finally getting some better ice fishing conditions, so it’s a good time for a refresher […]

Walleyes on the spoons through the ice

December 21, 2015 by  

Walleyes on the spoons through the ice

Walleyes are often the quarry of early-season ice anglers. Walleyes will respond to a number of different lure types under the ice, but they especially like to eat spoons. From new ice to late ice, walleyes like flashy baits. There are a bunch of different types of spoons available to walleye anglers. Although they may […]

How to stay safe while ice fishing

December 16, 2015 by  

How to stay safe while ice fishing

Walking out of church a couple of weeks ago I overheard a conversation in which the participants were lamenting the December sun and warmer than average start to winter. The gist of the dialogue was something like “…it’s not nice enough to golf and not cold enough to ice fish….” Such are the struggles when […]

Electronics for more ice-fishing success

December 14, 2015 by  

Electronics for more ice-fishing success

Most open water anglers who fish from a boat wouldn’t think of going out without a sonar unit, also known as a depth finder. That same thought is true with most ice anglers. A depth finder will help you catch more fish, and they are also much more than just a depth-finder. Here’s how. In […]

Ice Fishing Reminders

December 7, 2015 by  

Ice Fishing Reminders

First there’s ice, then there isn’t. I promise, ice is on the way. When it gets here, if you keep the following reminders in mind, you’ll catch more fish through the ice. On early ice, it’s very important to keep quiet, and also to keep movement to a minimum. Early ice will be thin, it […]

Darkhouse Spearfishing Growing in Popularity

November 25, 2015 by  

Darkhouse Spearfishing Growing in Popularity

It’s almost December, and if there’s a transition time for outdoor activities, this is it. I felt it the last week of deer season as rain turned to snow, and the wind blew out the extended fall and brought in more “normal” temperatures. When that happens, it doesn’t take long for serious ice to start […]

Fishing the Midwest ON ICE Debuts in Early December

November 25, 2015 by  

Fishing the Midwest ON ICE Debuts in Early December

Fishing the Midwest ON ICE will debut on televisions across the Ice-Belt beginning the first weekend of December. Fishing the Midwest ON ICE will air on network affiliates and major cable networks according to Bob Jensen and Mike Frisch, the co-hosts of Fishing the Midwest On ICE. Fishing the Midwest ON ICE is an extension […]

First Ice Panfish

November 24, 2015 by  

First Ice Panfish

The weather is getting colder, which means ice-fishing is getting closer every day. There is a skim of ice on the pond, and with a little help from the weather-maker, that skim will be a solid layer soon. Once that layer of ice is established, it won’t be long until there will be anglers out […]

Get Ready for Ice Fishing

November 17, 2015 by  

Get Ready for Ice Fishing

I haven’t given up hope for a couple more open water fishing trips in the next week or two, but I know that I need to start getting ready to go ice fishing.  Following are some things you can do to prepare for the ice season, and also some things you should consider for your […]

Making Plans

November 2, 2015 by  

Making Plans

There was snow in the air last week. Not much, but enough to remind me of something that I didn’t need to be reminded of: Winter is getting closer. We could be ice-fishing on small ponds and lakes in less than a month. Strangely, I enjoy ice-fishing more now than I did in the past.  […]

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

October 13, 2015 by  

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

The cool weather we’ve been feeling in recent days reminds me that it’s time to get the ice-fishing baits ready to go. However, I won’t be using them for ice-fishing just yet. Many, many years ago, probably sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, a group of us started using spoons that were thought […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

March 17, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

By Bob Jensen   I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year.  We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota.  I was fishing with my friend Craig Brown who, along with his wife Paige, own McArdle’s Resort on Winnie.  Craig spends a lot of […]

An Ice Fishing Buffet

March 9, 2015 by  

An Ice Fishing Buffet

By Bob Jensen   I went ice-fishing last week and had a wonderful time on two levels.  First of all, we caught lots of fish, big and small, and of several different species. Secondly, it was encouraging and exciting to be on a lake that has become an outstanding fishery in the past few years.  […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

February 24, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

By Bob Jensen   For some of us, the ice-fishing season of 2015 is history.  For others, there are still a few more days on the ice in our near future.  I’ve got trips scheduled through the middle of March, and if I get lucky, there will be a couple more trips after that.  If […]

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

February 18, 2015 by  

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Most of my life I’ve been curious and inquisitive on how different factors influence what we do, where we go and how we spend our time and money outdoors. So I’ll be very interested in the results of an ice fishing survey the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is conducting […]

There’s Still Lots of Time for Ice Fishing

February 17, 2015 by  

There’s Still Lots of Time for Ice Fishing

By Bob Jensen   In some of the places where people go ice-fishing, a few of the ice-fishing seasons are starting to wind down, or in some places, they’re over.  Walleye season closes in some areas, but there is still lots of ice-fishing to take advantage of.  As the ice-fishing season winds down, we need […]

Different Lure Actions for Different Fish

January 26, 2015 by  

Different Lure Actions for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen A lot of factors can determine how many fish we’ll catch through the ice.  Color is important:  So is lure size.  How the bait is attached to your line can be a consideration.  A small jig attached to your line with a big, bulky snap/swivel probably won’t be as effective as that […]

A Recent Ice Fishing Trip

January 19, 2015 by  

A Recent Ice Fishing Trip

By Bob Jensen I just got back from an ice-fishing trip to Big Stone Lake.  Big Stone straddles the Minnesota/South Dakota border and is an outstanding fishery for a variety of fish species, but it’s the perch that brought us to Big Stone on this trip.  Big Stone has become one of the Midwest’s premier […]

Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

January 14, 2015 by  

Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

By Doug Leier Some years in mid-January, ice fishing is just getting into full swing. But that’s certainly not the case this winter. Because of a prolonged cold spell that hit right after the deer opener, some folks have been on the ice since before Thanksgiving. On the other hand, many hunters have just recently […]

Keep Moving for More Fish

January 12, 2015 by  

Keep Moving for More Fish

By Bob Jensen As we get farther into the ice fishing season, it becomes important that we vary our methods for catching fish a little bit.  Early in the season, when snow cover was light and the ice was thin, it was a good idea to sit on a spot for awhile.  Now that the […]

Keep Warm on the Ice

January 7, 2015 by  

Keep Warm on the Ice

By Bob Jensen It got cold again! And that’s both a good thing and a bad thing.  It’s good, because the ice is getting thicker and safer across most of the ice-fishing region.  That means more anglers will be on the ice in the near future. It also means that it’s easier for those ice-anglers […]

The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota

December 17, 2014 by  

The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota

By Doug Leier When I think of what “good ice fishing” means, I have to approach it from two different time sets. In one set, I think of myself as a young kid in LaMoure in the 1980s, ice fishing with my dad. We’d spend our time sitting on 5-gallon buckets and even straw bales, […]

Fish Differently for Different Fish

December 8, 2014 by  

Fish Differently for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen  An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about the sport.  He had some questions, which I tried to answer.  When we got to the topic of various fish species and how they need to be approached differently, my new friend got a little suspicious.  He wanted to […]

Are You Ready for Some Ice Fishing?

December 3, 2014 by  

Are You Ready for Some Ice Fishing?

By Doug Leier November for many outdoorsmen and women is a gradual transition from October’s ducks and geese into deer and late-season pheasant hunting. But this year, the second week of November came with near-record cold and early ice that signaled dread for those who lament long Midwest winters, but probably warmed the hearts of […]

A Different Style of Ice Fishing

December 2, 2014 by  

A Different Style of Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen  There is no question that ice-fishing season has arrived early in the Midwest.  For those of us who like to go ice-fishing, that’s a good thing. I and some of my friends are going about our ice-fishing a little differently this year.  It’s going to be even more fun, and even more […]

Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

November 18, 2014 by  

Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen  The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early. In most years, it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days.  Although the ice isn’t safe yet, if the weather stays like it has been the past few […]

Ice-Out Panfish

April 7, 2014 by  

Ice-Out Panfish

by Bob Jensen   Most of the ponds and many of the small lakes across the Midwest are either free of ice or will be soon.  For those of us that are looking forward to getting back to open-water fishing, that means it’s time to get the panfish gear together.  In some places we fish […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

March 25, 2014 by  

Try Different Stuff This Year

by Bob Jensen   I was going through one of my ice-fishing lure containers the other day and said to myself “I’ll be putting this stuff away before too long.”  It seems I talk to myself more and more lately.  Anyway, too much of the time we get locked into ideas that some lures are […]

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

March 10, 2014 by  

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

by Bob Jensen When it comes to fishing success, in open water or through the ice, there are a few basic things you need to do.  Probably the most important thing is finding the fish.  You can’t catch ’em if you don’t find ’em. Once you’ve found the fish, you need to present a bait […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

March 5, 2014 by  

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

  by Doug Leier North Dakota’s fishing regulations are different than any other set of regulations the State Game and Fish Department produces. While they all cover laws, limits and season lengths, the fishing regulations cover a two-year period, while the others are developed annually. Fortunately, for pretty much all of the regulations guides that […]

Late Season Ice Fishing

February 17, 2014 by  

Late Season Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen   The days are getting longer, and, although you might not believe it, it’s going to get warmer.  History would indicate that it’s going to get warmer.  March is almost always warmer than February, even in years that include a Polar Vortex.  Longer days and warmer temps this time of year mean […]

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

February 5, 2014 by  

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

by Doug Leier   Like a lot of people, I’m often guilty of following a routine. That’s particularly true when it comes to choosing fishing spots. Year after year I can fish the same lakes, recall past visits, and assess the current state – whether the water is up or down, or whether there are […]

Color Under the Ice

January 28, 2014 by  

Color Under the Ice

by Bob Jensen   It might not seem like it, but the late ice season is not that far off.  With Polar Vortex’s and such displaying their power, warmer weather seems like a long way off.  However, as the days continue to get longer and the sun moves farther north, we can be assured that […]

First Ice Fishing Trip of 2014

January 13, 2014 by  

First Ice Fishing Trip of 2014

by Bob Jensen The year 2014 started off with cold temperatures and reports of a hot perch bite on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville Minnesota, right on the Minnesota/South Dakota border.  Some friends and I planned a trip to Big Stone with an eye on the weather.  We decided that as soon as there was […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

January 7, 2014 by  

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

by Bob Jensen In many areas where anglers fish through the ice this time of year, we are at about the midway part of the season.  Most lakes have a good cover of ice as well as some snow.  We also have cold weather, lots of it.  There are a number of things we can […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing

December 16, 2013 by  

Mid-Season Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen The middle part of the ice-fishing season will soon be here.  There are things we do in the middle of the season that we don’t do earlier in the year.  For more fishing success in the next few weeks, keep these ideas in mind. I was fishing for perch through the ice […]

Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

November 29, 2013 by  

Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

by Bob Jensen Winter has definitely arrived in the Midwest. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers.  Many anglers like to go ice-fishing; many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams.  Regardless of where you go fishing, you need to […]

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

November 27, 2013 by  

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

by Doug Leier For many hunters, November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota’s popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the 16 ½ days the regular season takes place. While most of the […]

Line up for Ice Fishing

November 21, 2013 by  

Line up for Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen   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 […]

ATV’s and Ice Fishing…

February 2, 2013 by  

ATV’s and Ice Fishing…

There is a more viable solution in my mind and instead of costing thousands, you can outfit your rig for mere hundreds of dollars by going with a set of J-Wheelz. They basically amount to a surprisingly durable foam filled plastic wheel extension with paddles providing the extra traction.

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

January 28, 2013 by  

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about end of the season ice-fishing.

Permanent Ice Fishing

January 12, 2013 by  

Permanent Ice Fishing

By Bob Jensen A lot of time when we talk about ice-fishing, we talk about being mobile, especially from mid ice-fishing season to the end of the season.  We refer to this mobility as “trolling on ice”.  In short, “trolling on ice” means you pop a bunch of holes and just keep moving until you […]

Get Ready For Ice Fishing

December 11, 2012 by  

Get Ready For Ice Fishing

Our Outdoors: Get Ready for Ice Fishing By Nick Simonson Nothing signals the fact that hunting season is over like a blizzard that drops 10 inches of  snow and follows it up with 45 mph winds, which together turn the beige and brown countryside into a whitened winter wonderland.   Thankfully, before the storm set in, […]

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear 2013

November 27, 2012 by  

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear 2013

By Nick Simonson Dashing through the…um.  Let it…uh.  Oh the weather outside is… hmmm. Alright, so winter isn’t upon us just yet, but with the inevitability of ice in the near future, many anglers are abuzz with the latest and greatest equipment to help them successfully kick off the cold-weather fishing season.  Plus, after we’ve […]

Ice Fishing – Significant Trip Tips

February 27, 2012 by  

Ice Fishing – Significant Trip Tips

By Nick Simonson Fishing is a social sport; ice fishing even more so.  I can’t recall a morning after a hot (or not-so-hot) dawn bite that I haven’t stepped out of my shack to see who else was punching holes in the dark, ask how the fish were biting fifty yards away and shoot the […]

Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

November 7, 2011 by  

Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

By Paul A. Nelson The best time to search for winter crappie spots is in the fall, when anglers can capitalize on the mobility of a boat and onboard sonar to cruise around marking spots mentally, preferably with GPS, too. Once the lakes freeze, though, assuming you didn’t conduct autumn reconnaissance, your tools are a […]

Ice Fishing Tactics for First Ice

November 7, 2011 by  

Ice Fishing Tactics for First Ice

By Jason Mitchell We do much of our filming on late ice. We take a lot of our photos at late ice as well. The reason is simple, long relatively nice days on the ice where you can expect sweatshirt weather. When the sun begins to rot the ice, you can expect to get some […]

Snap Shot Ruler Review

June 17, 2011 by  

Snap Shot Ruler Review

Now you can prove the big one didn’t get away! The new SNAP SHOT RULER easily attaches to any fishing line, grip, or scale and measures fish length vertically so there is less handling of your prized catch. Accurate and photo friendly, this innovative ruler is great for anything from catch and release measurements to […]

Good North Dakota Fishing

March 30, 2011 by  

Good North Dakota Fishing

By Doug Leier The late Dean Hildebrand was North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005 and he had a well-developed vocabulary of catch phrases and sayings. One description I heard repeatedly for years was his exclamation that, “We’re living in the good old days when it comes to hunting and fishing.” […]

Sharing Fishing Success

March 14, 2011 by  

Sharing Fishing Success

Our Outdoors  – By Nick Simonson I had promised to take a coworker, Dane, on a number of fishing trips this past year, but it seemed as if fate was aligned against the idea of getting him exposed to the different niches of angling he wanted to learn about. Our muskie adventure in August was cancelled […]

March in ND

March 6, 2011 by  

March in ND

By Doug Leier We’re each afforded our own perspective on the beginning of spring. Sports fans point toward baseball’s spring training, turkey hunters anxiously await the April 9 gobbler season opener, and you could fill up pages with other events or notable milestones that people consider as an unofficial arrival of spring The calendar, of […]

Ice Fishing Tip Ups for Pike

January 25, 2011 by  

Ice Fishing Tip Ups for Pike

By Ted Pilgrim with Tony Roach There’s something satisfying about setting a well-planed network of tip-ups across the icy expanse of a frozen lake. Strategically placed “fish-traps,” each rigged with a robust, frisky live minnow or intentionally motionless stinker like a herring to snare freshwater predators. Get a bunch of dudes together, throw a pile […]

Vertical Ice Fishing

January 11, 2011 by  

Vertical Ice Fishing

By Nick Simonson There’s an old Irish proverb that wishes good luck to the traveler by stating “may the road rise to meet you.” For anglers, especially those on the ice, it should be more like “may the fish rise to meet you.” Presentation is one of the key factors for consistently catching fish and […]

Ice Auger Drilling

January 3, 2011 by  

Ice Auger Drilling

By Jason Mitchell When you look at some of the best ice anglers, there often is some strategy in how and where they drill holes.  Ice anglers might not be able to drift or troll but they can drill holes in a pattern and discipline themselves to fish the holes in a set time to […]

Downsize Your Ice Fishing

December 13, 2010 by  

Downsize Your Ice Fishing

By Nick Simonson As the seasons pass and I have become more adept at ice fishing and technology has bolstered my ability on the ice, I have drifted away from those species I once pursued primarily in winter. Walleyes and northern pike, though tops on the food chain, take a back seat these days to […]

When The Ice Gets Tough

November 30, 2010 by  

When The Ice Gets Tough

By Jason Mitchell There is something to be said for swimming down stream, pushing the ball down hill… the path of least resistance.  With fishing, we often have much more success by following these same basic principles like fishing when the fish are biting, fishing lakes that have good populations of fish and using lures […]

Walleyes on Dead Stick Rods

November 1, 2010 by  

Walleyes on Dead Stick Rods

By Jason Mitchell There are many environmental factors and conditions that can pin you down and keep you from making a lot of moves on the ice.  Extreme white out conditions, arctic winds, deep slush and heavy snow cover can slow down the mobility concept in a hurry.  There are situations where you can’t go […]

Pierre Ice Fishing

September 1, 2010 by  

Pierre Ice Fishing

PIERRE, South Dakota – Recreational variety and creative planning are shaping a unique event to be held next February in central South Dakota. The first-ever Winter Fishing Weekend (WFW) is scheduled for the weekend of February 4-5, 2011, presented by the Sports Committee of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce The main event of WFW […]

Fishing Diary

March 30, 2010 by  

Fishing Diary

By Nick Simonson There have been a lot of changes in my life over the past five years. I’ve lived in two states and three towns and have had six different jobs, with this one being the most consistent. In that time I’ve fished over 60 lakes and rivers, gaining some level of familiarity with […]

Fishing Buddies

March 15, 2010 by  

Fishing Buddies

By Nick Simonson Of angling’s many positive elements, near the top of the list is that it is a great way to spend time with friends that are so close they might as well be family. My buddies and I try to make it a regular thing to meet up at the cabin, at someone’s […]

Low Impact Ice Fishing

February 10, 2010 by  

Low Impact Ice Fishing

By Doug Leier The “Dog Days” of winter for some begin in December and aren’t officially over until the last drift of snow disappears from the shelterbelt. I know, Dog Days is generally a summer term referring to a lingering hot and humid period in August, but it also seems appropriate for a long stretch […]

Fish House Spotters

February 8, 2010 by  

Fish House Spotters

By Nick Simonson Shantytowns are generally a bad sign. Economic downturns, natural disasters and tribal wars all come to mind when such a place is shown on the evening news. However, in the ice belt and points north, it is the sign of something good – a hot bite on frozen waters. While fishing a […]

Keep the Ice Clean

January 6, 2010 by  

Keep the Ice Clean

By Doug Leier One of my biggest outdoors pet peeves is trash. Empty cans along the river bank or discarded chip bags floating near the dock, even if it’s just one, seem to steal away the peaceful serenity that draws most of us outdoors. Maybe to a fault, I carry extra trash bags along to make […]

Trickle Down Techonomics

January 5, 2010 by  

Trickle Down Techonomics

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson A post on the ice fishing forum of a website that I help moderate asked: “I paid $300 for an old sled shack and a Vexilar, did I get a good deal?” My response was as it usually is for these kinds of questions, “You’ll wonder how you ever […]

Open Water Tactics in a Hardwater World

January 5, 2010 by  

Open Water Tactics in a Hardwater World

By Jason Mitchell I have often felt that it is much easier to learn a lake during the open water period. Structure and bottom contours can be broke down quickly when using a boat equipped with good sonar and GPS. Often during the winter (just like during the open water period) the sweet spots that […]

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear of 2010

December 21, 2009 by  

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear of 2010

By Nick Simonson The ice on most northern lakes is now thick enough for anglers to safely haul out their toys thanks to a cold stretch at the beginning of the month. Though nighttime temperatures have been below zero, new innovations and advancements in tackle, gear and shelters are helping anglers heat up the early-ice […]

Trolling on the Ice

December 11, 2009 by  

Trolling on the Ice

“New Wave” Fish Finding Tactics on Ice By Tony Roach When you spend your winters guiding on a huge lake like Central Minnesota’s Mille Lacs, doing all the things it takes to find biting fish can test your resolve. There’s only one way to the fish – drilling lots and lots of holes. My guides […]

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

December 11, 2009 by  

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

By Jason Durham Bluegill fishing is about balance. Each trip is a constant trial and error to figure out if the fish want a tiny speck of an ice jig – the flash, vibration and, meaty profile of a jigging spoon, or any presentation that falls in between. Each presentation has its strengths and weaknesses […]

Ice Safety Tips

December 7, 2009 by  

Ice Safety Tips

Mild Weather Hampers Ice Formation – Ice Safety Tips While November was kind to North Dakota’s hunters, unseasonably mild temperatures did little to help usher in the ice fishing season. Knowing this, winter anglers are encouraged to use caution and allow ice to harden significantly before venturing on state waters. North Dakota Game and Fish […]

Artificial Ice Fishing Baits – Coming Alive

November 10, 2009 by  

Artificial Ice Fishing Baits – Coming Alive

Clever ice anglers are successfully combining traditional live bait tactics with artificial approaches By Jeff Gustafson Times are a changin’. Used to be when we went ice fishing, our presentation always included a jig tipped with some type of minnow or hunk of meat, no matter what species of fish we were targeting. As the […]

Mid-Winter Walleyes

February 9, 2009 by  

Mid-Winter Walleyes

By Dave Genz When the going gets tough, the tough go offshore. During a recent seminar, a fresh-faced, high-school aged kid asked me to summarize ice fishing in one piece of advice. That’s near impossible to do, of course, but in retrospect, I liked my off-the-cuff response: Avoid the crowds. I’ve caught a lot of […]

Ice Fishing Tactics

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing Tactics

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson More fun can be had on the ice this year than ever before, with a wide range of gadgets, rods, lures and electronics at your disposal, each trip can result in catches and a lot more fun. Here are some great ice fishing tactics I picked up on the learning curve […]

Looking Ahead to Ice Fishing Season

February 9, 2009 by  

Looking Ahead to Ice Fishing Season

As I put together the powerhead and the shaft of my auger, I took note of the extension that was still securely bolted into place from the previous season. And by “securely bolted” I mean rusted solid. I figured it was best to just leave the set-up as is, considering last year’s 40 inches of […]

MarCum – More Power, More Performance

February 9, 2009 by  

MarCum – More Power, More Performance

Through years of studying, fishing, and testing by engineers rooted in the heart of the ice-belt, a new leader emerges on the forefront of the ice fishing electronics market.  The result is the MarCum line of high-power sonar flashers that were designed from the ground-up, relying on modern principles of sonar and science. MarCum’s approach […]

Walleyes at First Ice – Clinging to the Current

February 9, 2009 by  

Walleyes at First Ice – Clinging to the Current

By Captain Pat Kalmerton You can take this one of two ways. Because I’m a fishing guide, you might think I’m all talk and keeping the good stuff to myself. Or, you might trust my experience and assume that you’re getting my A-game. Well, it’s some of both. I’ll be up front and offer honest, […]

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

February 9, 2009 by  

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

By Brian Brosdahl       A system is only as good as the weakest link. That’s a profound statement and applies to everything from a football team to stereo systems. Think about it. Well, in fishing, it also pertains to the freshwater shrimp – or scud as they’re referred to on the ice. They’ll […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

By Jason Mitchell More ice anglers are discovering that the tip of the rod we are using has as much influence on our presentation as the actual motion we put on the rod while fishing. A rod with a fast tip for example will give the lure a distinct flash and pound that is more […]

Approaching Late Ice

February 9, 2009 by  

Approaching Late Ice

By Jason Mitchell Late ice patterns can vary. People often preach about fishing shallow. Others stress the importance of finding moving water. Late ice is often hailed as the best fishing of the year. The fish are supposed to be biting as well as they have all winter. Anglers eagerly await the last hurrah. The […]

Finding More Walleyes Below the Ice

February 9, 2009 by  

Finding More Walleyes Below the Ice

By Mark Strand Conduct your own search for walleyes, one of the prized fish of the Ice Belt. The conversation, for a brief time, sounds like we’re talking about the Internet. “We’re such an information society,” says Brian Brosdahl. Believe it or not, he’s talking about how to go out on the ice and find […]

Redefining Rock Structure in the Winter

February 9, 2009 by  

Redefining Rock Structure in the Winter

By Jason Mitchell Look for hard bottom areas to catch more fish this winter. Bars, points and saddles that are covered with rock are a good bet if you are looking for perch or walleyes. At least that is what I have been told. Walleye anglers in particular are infatuated with this structural element. Watch […]

Ice Fishing – Answers to Viewer Mail

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing – Answers to Viewer Mail

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson With the popularity of ice fishing growing each winter, it is no surprise that I’ve fielded many “where do I start” questions on both the sites I moderate and in general conversation. For many beginners, it can be a difficult and confusing sport but there are many resources to increase the […]

Keeping Ice Fishing Simple

February 9, 2009 by  

Keeping Ice Fishing Simple

By Doug Leier The “Dog Days” of summer reference the hot, backside, waiting-for-autumn kind feeling we slip into about the middle of August. Doesn’t seem so bad right about now, does it? I associate August attitudes with under-appreciating the beauty of living in the Midwest. We have about three months of every season, providing a […]

Perch Fishing on Devils Lake

February 9, 2009 by  

Perch Fishing on Devils Lake

By Jason Mitchell Finding and catching jumbo panfish can be a challenge, even on lakes where a good population of big fish exists. Ironically, the healthiest jumbo panfish Mecca’s are often bodies of water where catching these fish does indeed challenge the ice angler, demanding the right combination of mobility and finesse. The healthiest fisheries […]

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