Some of the best fishing of the year for aggressive freshwater pike is exploding under the ice
Walleye locations during the late-ice period vary, but that just means multiple lures and presentations produce bites.
For the first time in three seasons, there has been enough ice for anglers to get on it, from both the mainland at Catawba State Park and between the islands
Winter has hit us hard here in Illinois and with the snow and cold has come ice.
Bait shop and resort owners, as well as hoards of ice fishermen across northern Minnesota, likely had their collective fingers crossed early this week.
It’s been a few years since outdoor enthusiasts have been able to transition from deer hunting right into the ice-fishing season
If not for recent winds … there’s a good chance some fortunate Minnesotans could be ice fishing next week. If it gets as cold as expected, for as long as expected, some still might be experiencing “first ice.”
By this time last year, ice fishing wasn’t an option across most of the state. But that was last year, and this season is providing a completely different set of circumstances.
Lake of the Woods provides incredible late-ice action during a cold March.
Lake Superior coldly claimed the life of one of her biggest fans and supporters on Saturday, Jan. 26, when Jimmy Hudson’s snowmobile went through the ice on the South Channel.
Ice is dangerous and, before I get into anything else, I want to mention a couple things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost is safety.
Whether a TV reality show about ice fishing launches Isle into the national spotlight and whether the characters paint a picture of the sport that sits well with everyone on the southeastern edge of Mille Lacs Lake remains to be seen.
Whether it’s on vertical jigging spoons or another jig, you can’t go wrong adding a minnow head.
Conditions better this winter for hard-water fishing
My personal favorite fishing season almost has arrived. I thoroughly enjoy hard-water fishing, and one reason I’m successful is because I prepare my equipment weeks in advance. If you haven’t done so, the first thing I’d recommend is inventorying your tackle. I have a walleye ice tackle box and a panfish ice tackle box. That strategy makes fishing so much…
Up-north dealers of bait and ice-fishing equipment and their resorter counterparts said last weekend was a pretty good one, with the onset of colder weather building ice by the hour.
Walking around the St. Paul Ice Show this year I am struck by how dramatically different the sport of ice fishing is today from just a decade or so ago. It is definitely the fastest-growing segment of the fishing industry and if you don’t believe it, head over to the show and see for yourself. Even if you miss the…
I don't want to jump the gun, as most know I am a die-hard open water fan, but the ice fishing season is soon upon us and it is certainly a good time to start preparing gear for this upcoming season. It's time to get out the gear and perform a few checks before the lakes do freeze over and…
Last weekend was busy at bait shops and lakes across the state, and 60-degree weather made for fun fishing. Unfortunately, it also marked the last chance many of those anglers had to ice fish this season.
On a normal Sunday afternoon in mid-February, the parking lot at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George would be jammed with cars, pickup trucks and trailers from ice fishermen accessing the big lake.
Warm weather and poor ice conditions are keeping people off the ice.
The fall and flutter of an ice lure is key to ice-fishing success. We want to see a slow, natural descending action, and in general, lighter lures are better at achieving this. I use a lot of No. 12 ice lures. Do not use split-shots when jigging light ice lures. Split shots are fine for hard-water minnow and bobber fishing,…
Ice fishing success hinges on three things Putting your bait or lure at the depth the fish are-and then not moving it much-are the keys to catching fish through the ice. And using some simple devices that will help you know when you have a fish on the end of your line is a big help too. Drew Cushing, warm…
On a recent ice fishing outing after a major cold front, the fish were nice enough to stop their hot bite and give this angler an opportunity to play around with two underwater cameras. The cameras I was using included an Aqua-Vu Mini Scout and a Marcum VS 825c. I hooked the Marcum up to a small handheld Aiptek camcorder…
Wayzata, Minn. – You can go anywhere in the state and find walkable, fishable ice. But it doesn't seem to matter what direction you head, you'll also find a few lakes with some problematic ice conditions. The ice that's been in place for more than two weeks is getting thicker each day. But rain and warm temperatures last week re-opened…
First let's chat about bobbers. A bobber is great because it allows us to immediately check the mood of the fish. The size of your bobber, which is a strike indicator and depth setter, is big factor. Generally speaking, I see ice anglers using too big of a bobber. Fish will feel that drag resistance. They'll blow out the bait…