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    By Nick Simonson And….nothing. I ripped the glow-red spoon upward and it went…nowhere. It was a sensation I hadn't experienced in quite a while, having spent a majority of the past few winters searching lakes across the upper Midwest for slab crappies and bull bluegills. But on...
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    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...
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    "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 and...
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    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...
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    By Noel Vick Dave Genz, admittedly, dislikes morning bites. Well…in reality, that's not completely fair. He digs a buttocks-over-teakettle morning feed as much as the next guy. What he despises, however, is a bombastic daybreak that evolves into an afternoon of nothingness. Genz...
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    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...
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    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 the...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    By Jason Mitchell Usually, ninety percent of the fish are caught during ten percent of the time we are actually on the ice. There are windows of opportunity. More often than not, the low sun of morning and or evening signal this opportunity. There is a prime time when everything happens so...
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    By Jason Mitchell If there is a mistake that many anglers make, including myself during the first ice period, we are guilty of fishing too deep when targeting walleye. Granted, there are a lot of options at first ice with some of these options being both shallow and deep but if anything, I...
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    By the Ice Team Many ice anglers of today understand that winter's fish live in water at its clearest. In such conditions, fish tend to locate and choose prey based on visual evidence. That might sound like mumbo-jumbo, but it means that what your bait looks like is more important under...
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    By the Ice Team In a perfect world, you drill one hole and can't get the bait down there fast enough. Every time it gets anywhere near the fish zone, big fish race each other to grab it. You don't even have time to talk to your friend, who is right next to you pulling up fish after...
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    By Mark Strand Do you consider ice fishing in April crazy? Especially because a lot of people still regard ice fishing as a sport you reluctantly participate in while the ice covers your favorite lakes, people look at Dave Genz like he's got to be nuts in April. By then, many rivers...
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    Ice Team If we could see the way walleyes do, we would know them, through and through. There's a reason we call 'em 'eyes. Those eyes are amazing. Positioned behind the walleye's retina is a reflective membrane called the tapetum lucidum. This substance is exceptionally white, its purpose...
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    By Dave Genz Walleyes, as if you didn't already know this, possess these amazing eyes. They feature a reflective pigment that helps walleyes see well in dim light, giving them a vision advantage over most of their prey, especially in those minutes when light levels change rapidly. So...
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    By Noel Vick Dave Genz, admittedly, dislikes morning bites. Well…in reality, that's not completely fair. He digs a buttocks-over-teakettle morning feed as much as the next guy. What he despises, however, is a bombastic daybreak that evolves into an afternoon of nothingness. Genz...
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    By Dave Genz He's been everywhere, man…he's been everywhere. Travel? He's done his share, man, Dave's been everywhere…Erie, Ontario, Michigan, Huron, Bay of Quinte, Bass Islands, Saginaw Bay, Bays de Noc, Green Bay…yeah, he's been everywhere, man, he's been...
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