Throughout the winter, crappies are among the most popular targets of ice anglers. Most experienced hard-water fishermen are no stranger to the all-too-familiar basin crappie bite. It’s a relatively simple pattern: Crappies dump into soft-bottom
In what turned out to be the coldest day of the New York winter so far, 13 new ice anglers recently braved the cold and wind for Ice Fishing 101 on Mariaville Lake, in Pattersonville.
Steve Carney: Poor ice conditions disrupt potential great second half to ice-fishing season in Minnesota
It’s hard to believe ice conditions are regressing so early, so quickly. But that’s what we get with extremely warm weather in January and now February. The recent warm stretch was probably the longest I’ve
Big perch can be found in big waters with plenty of rocks, gravel, and weeds. Small lakes that have similar habitat can also produce large perch.
Prior to COVID, for more than a decade I had been involved with helping run a charity ice fishing tournament on a small local lake. We did well over the years, raising thousands of dollars,
Available year-round, but most often used in the winter by ice fishermen to tip ice jigs, several small larval insects lead the sales of live bait used during this time of year.
While they all
Like many ice fishermen, I started preparation for the hard-water season several weeks ago. I checked out the portable fish house, but no mice had been at work. My auger started when called upon, and
In late December, the polar vortex started to lose stability. A sign of a weakening vortex is the westerly winds, blowing strong with bitter cold air. By the second week of January, it seemed more
Warm weather and how it has affected ice conditions on Minnesota lakes.