Stay safe and prevent an unexpected polar plunge by owning the right gear and frequently checking ice conditions!
Record-breaking heat and bugs hindering your urge to wet a line this holiday weekend? Try trolling under a full moon for the region’s most popular freshwater gamefish
Beat “stay-in-place”-induced cabin fever by targeting rough fish in a hard-running river near you.
Locate standing weeds in shallow water in late winter, and hungry panfish will be hanging out nearby.
Small spoons tipped with plastics, worms, or minnow heads and tails will attract more perch, crappies, and sunfish thus boosting your odds of catching more fish.
Not marking fish despite working a prime location? Try using flashy spoons or rattle baits to entice more fish into your icy zone.
Having the proper equipment and checking ice conditions frequently will help keep you topside.
Bigger baits will help trigger bites among the largest and most active ’gills of late summer or early fall
Spinner rigs are very versatile for covering various depths of water and locating actively feeding walleyes.
Spring is a great time to target white or black crappies as they transition into shallow water around the weed lines.
Don’t just fish memories when locating fish; use your electronics and search according to lake and weather conditions.
There’s been a hot bite but when you finally hit the ice, the weather changes and the action tanks. Pay attention to tiny details, and you’ll salvage your trip by tricking a few fish into biting.
Species- and technique-specific rods can give you a real advantage out on the ice.
Use electronics to scan steep breaks to locate baitfish and predators, then make sure to follow them as they switch depths during changing light conditions.
With water temps dropping, crappies are munching on minnows. Use your electronics to locate schools of suspended slabs, then find what triggers bites.
Put away the bobbers and use your electronics to locate the big bluegills of late summer
Spend a little time now checking and maintaining ice fishing equipment to avoid damage and the need for costly repairs or replacements!
To put more fish in the boat this spring, use electronics and switch tactics until you identify a hot technique
Find lush, green cabbage and coontail vegetation during late ice, and high-rising, slab crappies and aggressive bluegills may be nearby.
Releasing fish helps protect the resource… except when it kills even more fish
Create better hard-water angling experiences and catch more fish by staying warm and extending your adventures on the ice!
Attract fish, then employ your sonar to determine the mood of the fish… and the presentation to prompt strikes.
First ice is approaching fast. Much of the ice belt awaits walkable ice, though some northern lakes have capped over with enough hard water to venture out.
Fall fishing tip for walleyes and crappies: First find food, and the predatory gamefish will be nearby
Finding walleyes and crappies can be simple if you locate their primary food source in fall: schools of baitfish.
For more success when ice appears this fall, test your sonar, GPS, and other ice fishing gadgets now – during the off season.
Versatile fishing methods will entertain you by putting more fish in the boat and help you determine what the next bite will produce.