Spend a little time now checking and maintaining ice fishing equipment to avoid damage and the need for costly repairs or replacements!
Find lush, green cabbage and coontail vegetation during late ice, and high-rising, slab crappies and aggressive bluegills may be nearby.
But portable shanties have taken over and allow anglers to take the comfort and convenience of a shanty wherever they want.
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!
Who knows if the ice we have is going to be all the ice we’re going to get.
Combination of first Erie December freeze-over since 2000 and a surging walleye population in the lake could make for a fishing season to remember. But with great ice-building weather comes First Day Hikes cancellations.
Last winter was one of most dangerous on record in New York for winter outdoor recreation, particularly for snowmobilers and ice anglers. Unfortunately, this one is not off to a good start. On Dec. 16, a Queensbury, N.Y., man drowned…
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.
Mike Hehner shows how he uses his Aqua-Vu to specifically target largemouth bass during the hard-water season.
Brian "Bro" Brosdahl demonstrates his technique for down-viewing with his Aqua-Vu HD underwater camera system. "Bro" also shows the features of Aqua-Vu's HD system.
For more success when ice appears this fall, test your sonar, GPS, and other ice fishing gadgets now – during the off season.
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.
Falling through thin ice can and does happen, but it doesn’t have to happen to you if proper precautions are taken.
Underwater cameras will truly open up the hard-water angling world and help you put more fish topside
There are times when I’m downright proud to be a sportsman and this day was surely one of them.
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.
Remember the acronym C.O.L.D to keep yourself warm when hunting, fishing, recreating outdoors in winter
If ice fishing or other activities tempt you outdoors these days, the one thing that can ruin the experience is getting cold.
Hard water angling requires working, efficient tackle, so reward yourself with more productive ice fishing by keeping gear properly organized.
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