Ice angling lessons to consider as another incredible hard-water season draws to a close.
Instead of ending April 1, season runs to April 16 due to “unusually cold weather conditions.”
Michigan’s unusual ice fishing season is hanging on in northern Michigan, with whitefish moving into the spotlight.
At Hard Water School, cancellation allows for more classwork time, allowing the instructors to go into more depth and to explore some additional subjects that would not have otherwise made the agenda.
While the deadline to remove shelters across the northern tier of the state isn’t until March 20 (March 31 for Minnesota-Canada border waters), recent incidents are a reminder of the continued rapid deterioration of ice on most all lakes across the state.
It was a second poor ice fishing season in a row for much of the state, with only the colder lakes and ponds of the Adirondacks seeing an extended ice fishing season. And even the northernmost parts of the state suffered when record warmth in late February melted much of the ice and snow.
You can go as far west as Alexandria and still find walkable ice, although there is a distinct line west and south of this region that now offers few, if any, ice-fishing options.
All are reportedly OK after ending up in the frozen waters of a Chisago County lake and Lake Minnetonka on Sunday.
Falling through thin ice can and does happen, but it doesn’t have to happen to you if proper precautions are taken.
Students who participate in Salmon in the Classroom curriculum start out raising coho salmon eggs in the fall, learn more about fish with dissection lessons, and practice catching fish during the ice fishing field trips before coming together in the spring for a celebration during which mature fry are released.
When negative biters crimp your angling style, switch up your tactics with this tool for multi-species hard-water success.
DNR recommends anglers start assessing their shelter removal situation early and make arrangements as necessary to meet the removal deadlines.
That was the last time I’ll be driving the truck on the ice this year, though, unless we get another prolonged period of cold weather.
Mild winter last year produced hardly any smelt, but the ice has been thick enough for fishing and smelt have been abundant this winter.
Underwater cameras will truly open up the hard-water angling world and help you put more fish topside
The lake in the Turtle Mountain region is a haven for bluegills and crappies in the wintertime.
Season again comes to a close in a hurry, but the excitement surrounding lake sturgeons runs long and deep here.
An ice fishing diversion produces a quick limit of fish for a Minnesota angler willing to make his own hard-water luck.
There are times when I’m downright proud to be a sportsman and this day was surely one of them.
Although still waiting for IGFA confirmation, the fish bested the old record by more than a half-pound.
Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold days to develop thick enough ice.
Lake of the Woods businesses expect steady hard-water angling for walleyes and other fish species through March 2017, maybe beyond.
On Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Wednesday, March 15. And regardless of removal date, shanties must be pulled as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them.
Above-average temperatures last weekend, expected to be followed by way above-average temps this weekend could significantly alter the state’s ice-fishing landscape.
Anglers were fishing on about 3 inches of ice on West Lake Osceola; ice fishing is not recommended over about the southern third of the state.
Don’t let the so-called ice fishing blues prevent you from landing walleyes and lunker panfish during the heart of the hard-water season.