Ice Fishing Gear Bag – Late Season Perch

February 7, 2012 by  
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Ice Fishing Gear Bag – Late Season Perch

Ice Fishing Gear Bag – Late Season Perch by Bob Jensen   In the minds of many of the most successful ice-anglers, the best fishing of the season is quickly approaching.  The last few weeks of ice-fishing are here, and the fishing action is picking up.  Several species of fish are particularly active under the […]

Ice Fishing Rig – Run & Gun Perch

February 1, 2012 by  
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Ice Fishing Rig – Run & Gun Perch

By Jason Mitchell     Strong perch patterns occur across the board at late ice.  Typical locations include gravel and sand, subtle rolling structure that is connected to the shoreline is often productive.  During the late ice period, perch often move shallow and if there is atypical rule of thumb regarding shallow perch, it is […]

Ice Fishing Bluegill

December 21, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing Bluegill

By Noel Vick with Brian “Bro” Brosdahl Few see them. Others either dismiss the sightings as hooey or are cursed to believe but never catch even a fleeting glimpse of one. These, you might call freshwater poltergeists, can be as common as the ghosts of missing mariners on pirate vessels, but still scarcely witnessed. Believers […]

Ice Fishing Gear for Crappie

December 14, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing Gear for Crappie

By Scott Glorvigen In my mind, there’s no such thing as the ‘midwinter blues’ when it comes to ice fishing. Waiting it out until late winter isn’t an option, nor is the thought of lowering my expectations – a willingness to accept a mere few fish to show for a day’s efforts on the lake. […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish

November 21, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing for Panfish

by Bob Jensen   Ice fishing is getting closer every day.  For the past few days there’s been a skim of ice on the pond early in the morning, but that skim has disappeared by mid-morning.  Today the skim lasted until the middle of the afternoon.  Once that layer of ice has a full day […]

Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

November 7, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

By Paul A. Nelson The best time to search for winter crappie spots is in the fall, when anglers can capitalize on the mobility of a boat and onboard sonar to cruise around marking spots mentally, preferably with GPS, too. Once the lakes freeze, though, assuming you didn’t conduct autumn reconnaissance, your tools are a […]

Ice Fishing in Clear Water

October 18, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing in Clear Water

Three pro anglers make a quiet habit of catching fish from clear waters By Mitch Eeagan When lakes freeze over and fishing pros Mark Martin, Mike Gofron and Mark Brumbaugh can’t launch their Lund boats, you’ll surely find them ice fishing the inland waters and Great Lakes near their homes. The distinguished angling trio, who […]

Proven Crappie and Panfish Tips for Ice Fishing

October 5, 2011 by  
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Proven Crappie and Panfish Tips for Ice Fishing

By Jason Mitchell Even on lakes with good structure and good weed growth, it seems like a percentage of panfish, both crappies and bluegills will pull out and suspend over holes and troughs at first ice.  On many bodies of water, most of the panfish will be suspending over these deeper basin areas by mid […]

Panfish Ice Fishing – Burning Through

January 5, 2010 by  
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Panfish Ice Fishing – Burning Through

By Jason Mitchell The speed and intensity of how fish move should play a key factor in tactics and strategy.  Not always, but often when we find bluegills, crappies and perch on basins, flats and suspended over open water, these fish are on the move.  Sometimes, these fish seem to be moving as fast as […]

Small Ice Fishing Lures for Crappies and Panfish

December 8, 2009 by  
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Small Ice Fishing Lures for Crappies and Panfish

By Nick Simonson It’s the evening of the first day when the temperature has stayed well below freezing and I’m sitting in the not-quite-bright-enough light of the living room, squinting as hard as I can in an effort to thread a wisp of one-pound test through the eye of a 1/64 ounce Genz worm in […]