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    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 some areas the season...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 of the Midwest...
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    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...
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    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...
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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 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 many young and...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 the...
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    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 will be...
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    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...
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