With ice receding in parts of the region, many boats launching from docks are targeting late-winter, early-spring white and black crappies.
By the mid-point of the hard-water season, top ice fishing sticks employ tips-ups for transitioning winter gamefish action.
Every day on the lake will be different, but following a simple strategy can boost your ice fishing odds for success.
The ice formula guru, “Tackle” Terry Tuma answers the toughest angling questions from rank-and-file outdoorsmen for this winter’s hottest sport on hard water.
Hard-water angling will arrive across the ice belt soon, so prepare your equipment and multi-species plan for early ice now.
Take advantage of the warm autumn and potentially late ice-up by pursuing hungry black and white crappies
Too many anglers associate perch fishing with hard water when summer can produce jumbo action for kids and adults alike.
Late-autumn, even early winter angling can produce big fish results, but take care not to allow cold weather to damage your expensive equipment.
Because of their massive popularity, fall crappies have increasingly become pressured crappies. Use these sometimes forgotten tactics for catching a frying pan’s worth of cool-weather fillets.
Doesn’t matter which species – walleye, pike, perch, crappies or bluegills – fish detecting unnatural odors will cost you bites this winter
When using a bobber for ice panfish, consider adding one 3- to 4-mm bead. For crappies and bluegills, put the bead on the line, then tie the hook on, so the bead slides up and down the line. With this tactic, we're adding some extra bulk and color to our offering. As for color, pair opposites with the bead and…
Sunrise and sunset are the key times to go ice fishing for walleyes