Various Fish Through The Ice

February 7, 2017 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Creating New Ice Anglers

January 16, 2017 by  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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 […]

Ice Fishing This Season

December 19, 2016 by  
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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. […]

Spoon Ideas for Icing Walleyes

December 5, 2016 by  
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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  
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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  
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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 […]

Looking Forward

February 9, 2016 by  
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Looking Forward

I looked out the window this morning and sure enough, there was a blizzard going on just like the weather predictors had said there would. With today’s clothing and shelters, ice-fishing in the cold is no problem.  But ice-fishing in the wind with driving snow is not for me today. I decided if I can’t […]

On Frozen Pond

February 1, 2016 by  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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.  […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

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  
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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

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 […]

There’s Still Lots of Time for Ice Fishing

February 17, 2015 by  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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

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 […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

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

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

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  
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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  
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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

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  
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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  
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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 […]

Line up for Ice Fishing

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 […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The long winter and tardy spring of 2013 disrupted a lot of outdoor activities, including farm and construction work and baseball games and track meets. The weather also influenced North Dakota wildlife, particularly upland game birds, which experienced a relatively poor reproduction year that State Game and Fish Department biologists partly […]

Permanent Ice Fishing

January 12, 2013 by  
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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 […]

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

October 30, 2012 by  
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Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

by Bob Jensen It’s not here, but it’s near. Ice-fishing that is. It’s November. Many hunting seasons are in full swing. Those are an ice-anglers reminders that it’s time to start thinking about ice-fishing. Depending on Mother Nature, we could be ice-fishing in just a couple of weeks in the northern states. Now is the […]

Ice Fishing – Significant Trip Tips

February 27, 2012 by  
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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 […]

Fish Finders – An On-Ice Epiphany

February 7, 2012 by  
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Fish Finders – An On-Ice Epiphany

By Nick Simonson I recall clearly many days where an “ah-ha!” moment changed the way I did things forever.  One such moment happened on December 26, 2000, and it altered the way I fished through the ice permanently. The converted trailer shack that my buddy Holmes, his cousin Adam and I were fishing out of […]

Ice Fishing Tip Ups

January 16, 2012 by  
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Ice Fishing Tip Ups

By Nick Simonson I often think back fondly to my times while ice fishing tip ups growing up in North Dakota.  For those anglers who love to chase a waiving flag across the ice, there’s no better place than the Peace Garden State, where on hardwater, fishermen are allotted four lines with no restrictions as to […]

Ice Fishing – Abundant Opportunities in ND

January 2, 2012 by  
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Ice Fishing – Abundant Opportunities in ND

by Doug Leier The older I get the faster time seems to pass. My neighbor and friend Mick explained a few years ago it’s a function of the percentage of life. Case in point is remembering the vivid details of my first trip to the old outdoor movie theatre in Valley City more than three […]

Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

November 7, 2011 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Pierre Ice Fishing

September 1, 2010 by  
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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 […]

Keep the Ice Clean

January 6, 2010 by  
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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 […]

Looking Ahead to Ice Fishing Season

February 9, 2009 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

February 9, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Keeping Ice Fishing Simple

February 9, 2009 by  
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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 […]

It’s Wrong to Think About Ice Fishing Right Now

February 9, 2009 by  
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It’s Wrong to Think About Ice Fishing Right Now

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   It’s wrong to think about ice fishing right now. Especially since I reeled in two healthy, hard-fighting, late summer smallies from under one of my favorite bridges during lunch today. More so because I spent last night attempting to trace the flight patterns of mourning doves over a cattle pond. […]

An Every Day Ice Fishing Adventure

February 9, 2009 by  
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An Every Day Ice Fishing Adventure

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   My brother and I set off a couple weeks ago to fish a local lake for perch. I had forgone a trip to Minneapolis due to the impending bad weather and figured we could kill some time before it arrived with some pre-frontal fishing, often recognized to be the best. […]

25 Ice Fishing Tips for the Upper Midwest

February 9, 2009 by  
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25 Ice Fishing Tips for the Upper Midwest

By Bill Mitzel   We started out with some strong, quick ice in late November, with several days of below zero weather. Then, just when it looked like we might enjoy a “normal” winter in the Dakotas, the mild weather returned and ice thickness stabilized over most of the region from 9 to 14 inches. […]

Ice Fishing Tournament Madness

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing Tournament Madness

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   “I must be crazy,” I thought, huddled over the rapidly shrinking hole in the ice. The wind howled around me as I confirmed it, “yup, certifiable.” In all directions, 1,500 anglers did the same, burning heaters under their chairs at full blast, scooping their pre-punched holes and doing what they […]

Ice Fishing The Old Fashioned Way

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing The Old Fashioned Way

By Doug Leier I’ve always preferred the simpler means of enjoying fishing. At times you’d think I’m the only one without some kind of electronic depth finder, underwater camera or GPS to mark my hot spots. I know better than that. There are other low-impact anglers. During summer we call them hook-and-bobber types, which is […]

Ice Spearing

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Spearing

By Doug Leier It’s December, and if there’s a transition time for outdoor activities, this is it. Deer gun season has closed, and while muzzleloader deer and many upland game seasons are winding down, another season has opened. The fishing community in 2001 marked the opening of managed ice spearing in 30 North Dakota waters. […]

Ice Fishing Stationary Mobility

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing Stationary Mobility

By Ice Team Power Stick Dennis Foster This statement just doesn’t make sense, on the surface; particularly coming from a guy who is deeply committed to aggressive tactics while on the ice.  I’m an Ice Team “Powerstick” and will tout the virtues of Dave Genz’s proven philosophy of mobility on hardwater as long as anyone […]

Ice Fishing Safety

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing Safety

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     I  experienced a first last year, four times over. With the unstable cold-and-warm trend through late fall and winter, I managed to break through the ice four times; twice while upland hunting and twice while ice fishing. Early in the season, I was too close to shoreline vegetation, but […]

Ice Fishing – Fish it Through

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing – Fish it Through

By Noel Vick with Brian “Bro” Brosdahl Believe it or not, mobility on the ice has its pitfalls. For more than a decade you’ve heard and read about the criticalness of mobility. To competently and effectively catch fish on the hardwater, an angler must be mercurial as a gypsy and stealthy as a fox. These […]

Ice Fishing at Night

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing at Night

By Mark Strand During ice fishing season, the sun often sets before you can wrap up the workday. Because of this, an awful lot of people don’t even think about going fishing except during daylight hours on the weekends. If you can miss the boat when lakes are frozen over, you are missing the boat […]

Fishing on Thin Ice

February 9, 2009 by  
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Fishing on Thin Ice

By PJ Maguire When I was young my cousin Mark Hirschey used to joke that; “having to pay capital gains tax is the second worst thing that can happen when investing.” Over the years I have changed his saying a little to match my ice fishing adventures; “not catching any fish is the second worst […]

Sight Fishing – Ice Fishing With an Edge

February 7, 2009 by  
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Sight Fishing – Ice Fishing With an Edge

By The Ice Team   Sight fishing is a subset of ice fishing gaining in popularity every winter, because it’s exciting and fun. To see the fish come in the hole, and study their reaction to different presentations, can teach you a lot of valuable lessons you can use even when you’re not sight fishing. […]

Ice Safety Tips

February 7, 2009 by  
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Ice Safety Tips

By ND Game & Fish Anglers and trappers are urged to be aware of ice conditions before venturing out on frozen waters, cautions Nancy Boldt, boat and water safety coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “Before going out onto a frozen lake, pond or river, it’s important to take safety precautions to […]

‘Twas the Night Before First Ice

February 7, 2009 by  
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‘Twas the Night Before First Ice

By Nick Simonson Twas the night before first ice, and all through the lake, Not a fish had been stirring, not even a splake. The buckets were filled with my rods and my tackle, In hopes that the perch would like jigs trimmed with hackle. The tip-ups were strung with nylon and leaders, To deal […]

Our Outdoors: The hottest stuff on ice

February 5, 2009 by  
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Our Outdoors: The hottest stuff on ice

By Nick Simonson “It’s that time of year again. Even though there is no snow on the ground, and just barely a glazing of ice on the Sheyenne River, it won’t belong until white is everywhere underfoot, and outdoorsmen make like holy men and walk on water in search of hot fishing action. In order […]

Where Were Ya Fishing?

February 5, 2009 by  
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Where Were Ya Fishing?

By Chris Hustad For as long as I can remember, a man’s fishing spot was something to be respected. I have memories as clear as yesterday of our neighbor down the way, Bob. He was always the first one out in the morning, and the last one to come home in the afternoon, and I […]

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing

February 5, 2009 by  
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Gearing Up for Ice Fishing

Chris Hustad It’s that time of year, ice fishing season is upon us. Cold weather has started the freezing process a little bit earlier this year. Consistent cold temperatures and no snow are the ingredients for some thick, sturdy ice; just when we need it. It’s going to be a good ice fishing season this […]

Getting Kids Hooked on Ice Fishing

February 4, 2009 by  
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Getting Kids Hooked on Ice Fishing

By Doug Leier Much has been written on the means and methods to get kids hooked on fishing, and I’ve tested and tried the best of them. Honestly, it’s not that high of a mountain to climb to generate some lasting interest during warm summer days. On the other hand, convincing a youngster like my […]

Spouse Ice Fishing Trip Tips

February 4, 2009 by  
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Spouse Ice Fishing Trip Tips

Our Outdoors 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 […]

Prepping for an Ice Season

Prepping for an Ice Season

By the Ice Team Here’s a toast to your best ice season ever. To help you get off to a good start, here are a few key things you can do. They’re all important, but in no particular order. Keep Your Line Prime One of the most important– and universally overlooked– things you can do: […]

An Every Day Ice Fishing Adventure

February 4, 2009 by  
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An Every Day Ice Fishing Adventure

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   My brother and I set off a couple weeks ago to fish a local lake for perch. I had forgone a trip to Minneapolis due to the impending bad weather and figured we could kill some time before it arrived with some pre-frontal fishing, often recognized to be the best. […]

First Ice

January 31, 2009 by  
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First Ice

By Chris Hustad     No matter how many times you ice fish, no matter how “tough” you think you are, you’d have to be a liar to say you’re not somewhat afraid the first time you step onto the ice each year. The same was true for me this year, when I ventured onto […]