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.
To me, owning a boat is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean that I need it to catch fish. In fact, I have found that some of my best fishing experiences have been in a pair of breathable waders standing in the middle of a flowing river.
Hard water angling requires working, efficient tackle, so reward yourself with more productive ice fishing by keeping gear properly organized.
Picking the brains of ice anglers who obsess over these fish for interesting insights
Politeness and manners don’t always rule the day for some ice anglers, but it’s tough to police the space invaders
Catching ice walleyes, pike, and panfish demands even more attention to sensory stimuli than you expend during the open-water fishing period
Before drilling holes in the solid ice, anglers should take care of some basic steps to make sure the ice fishing experience is enjoyable
Make contact with more hard-water walleyes via large, noisy baits to attract them.
Much of Illinois is experiencing its first “real” winter in years, which means ice anglers are warming up to the idea of drilling holes and trying to pull panfish, walleyes and pike through the ice. It’s also a dangerous time for the inexperienced anglers.
Every day on the lake will be different, but following a simple strategy can boost your ice fishing odds for success.
Simple tips to avoid a cold dunking and to enjoy the hard water
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.
Safety! Safety! Safety! Ensure that you’ll enjoy the great outdoors for years to come by taking proper hard-water precautions with this essential gear.
When winterizing your fishing reels be sure to loosen the drag to preserve the washers.
Take advantage of the warm autumn and potentially late ice-up by pursuing hungry black and white crappies
A versatile tool many fishermen grew up using because of the ease and convenience, the snap swivel, as it turns out, can be a handy fishing tool
Learn to run spinner rigs and you’ll catch more fishing throughout the open-water angling season.
Use your electronics to identify fruitless water and then locate active fish.
Anglers everywhere are fishing from new-fangled kayaks. A few simple equipment choices can determine whether you bring fillets home.
From bass to pike to walleyes to panfish, altering your methods from day to day, even minute to minute delivers better angling results.
During the open water angling season, you can achieve longer casts with these tips from “Tackle” Terry Tuma.
Preventative maintenance on ice fishing gear makes for faster preparation, and it could save you a ton of money!
Too many anglers associate perch fishing with hard water when summer can produce jumbo action for kids and adults alike.
Larger panfish will seek deeper depths during the long, warm-water days of summer.
Stop visiting the same old community ice angling holes, and venture out to locate new honey holes away from the noise and crowds.
The idea of consistently putting panfish on the ice with soft plastics has become more than just an experiment.