Ice Fishing

Two men rescued from Saginaw Bay – for second time in a week

(Facebook/U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River)FRASER TWP, Mich. — Two men have been rescued from the icy waters of Saginaw Bay for the second time in the same week after falling through unstable ice. The two were trying to retrieve items they had to abandon during their first rescue Sunday, March 6, when they needed to be rescued again Wednesday,…

Catching – and releasing – the crappie of a lifetime

(Photo via Instagram/Wyatt Williams)The numbers are what panfish anglers’ dreams are made of: a crappie measuring 17.75 inches, with a 15-inch girth, weighing just over 3 pounds. Panfish enthusiast Wyatt Williams caught – and released – that dream fish on a Twin Cities metro lake recently. Check out the details of his epic catch in an Instagram post here. While an…

‘An instant fishery’

That’s the case with a lot of the younger walleye fisheries in the state now. Still, while word of a good walleye bite can lure ice anglers from afar, when a North Dakota lake is rumored to be kicking out nice perch, off-the-beaten-path waters can turn into small towns overnight.

Mishaps on the ice

Ice fishing season is just about over for me, and I guess I should be glad as it has been laden with mishaps. I’m not complaining, as I’m of the opinion that it is better to have gone fishing than to not have. But it’s gotten to the point where when I load my truck up with gear and head…

Access a challenge for ice anglers

Being a weekend warrior ice fisherman has not been easy this season. Like everything else in the outdoor world during this COVID pandemic, ice fishing is as popular as ever and the evidence is being found not only out on the hard water, but especially anywhere anglers gain access to the ice. As an angler and a reporter I do…