Fishing Articles — Ice Fishing

Mapping a Way to Great Lakes Walleye by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

Ice Fishing Walleye Fishing

Mapping a Way to Great Lakes Walleye by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

  Recently I was treated to some exceptional fishing on Saginaw Bay. What makes this particular experience noteworthy is that the fishing didn’t occur on open water, but rather on a moon-scape environment of frozen water. Luckily I was actually trolling crankbaits on these same waters a few days earlier and had at my disposal some very fresh GPS numbers to explore. Normally ice forms on Great Lakes fisheries slowly over time. In this case extreme cold caused the ice to form much quicker than normal, giving anglers like myself a bonus month of ice action. It’s not often that...

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Ice Fishing Pike Fishing Rivers & Lakes

Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Ice Fishing Pike Fishing

Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Like all forms of fishing these days, technological advancements has changed the way anglers fish with tip-ups for pike. In its simplest form, tip-up fishing for pike meant using rudimentary tip-ups with wooden cross members and spools filled with thick, black Dacron line. Anglers used a spud to chop holes and once the tip-ups were set, waited for a pike to hopefully cruise by. Tip-ups could be found at garage sales for a buck or two and were unceremoniously tossed in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the season. Today, tip-ups are made from high-tech materials that make them...

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