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    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...
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    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 a bunch of fish. If...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 ice is thicker and has...
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    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. If you dress for the conditions when you're on the...
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    By Bob Jensen Recently we talked about how lure color can have an influence in our fishing success. And, while color can certainly have a role in determining how many fish we catch, there are other factors that also come into play in our fishing success. Let's talk about some of those...
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    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. Spring, summer and fall fishing on many waters throughout the state continued to impress, and there's every reason to believe good fishing...
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    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...
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    by Bob Jensen Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success. Of course, you have to find them before you can catch them, but in open water or while ice-fishing, once you find the fish, you have to make them bite. One way to make them bite more often, which I learned quite a...
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    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 days, we'll be walking on...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 the fish...
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    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...
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    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 do to catch more fish through...
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    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 last year in...
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