Fishing Articles — Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing for Perch by Matt Straw (Space Invaders, Spoons, and Portly Perch)

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Ice Fishing for Perch by Matt Straw (Space Invaders, Spoons, and Portly Perch)

The screen lights up. Missiles are launched. They’re locked in. In the old Space Invaders video game, missiles rain from the heavens. Survival demands getting out of the way or destroying missiles in flight. Perch launch from below. “It’s like Space Invaders in reverse on your sonar unit,” says guide Brian “Bro” Brosdahl. “Missiles are being launched. That’s what you want to see—what you’ve been hunting for. That’s when you want a spoon.” Which spoon? And when do you gear down to a more subtle approach? We pose varying opinions, here. Spoon wars? If so, certainly mild-mannered. In the end,...

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Ice Bound Steelhead: The Spring Run Cometh by Matt Straw

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Ice Bound Steelhead: The Spring Run Cometh by Matt Straw

  Snow devils come whirling across a white expanse that extends to the eastern horizon. Under those twisting ghosts of tornados past—and several feet of ice—rainbows come in from the cold, following rituals older than the Great Lakes. They come in waves from the freshwater seas—waves that mostly break, scatter, and return to the sanctuary of deeper water. Though low-light periods at dawn and dusk tend to see more of these waves, the timing of the next one can never be predicted. After a quiet hour or two of watching the snow devils make our osprey kite dip and circle...

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

Catching panfish on first ice is not rocket science. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies, and perch are still relatively active when ice first forms. It’s basically an extension of the hot fall fishery for a while. Weeds are still green and producing oxygen, waters are not super chilled yet and panfish are still actively feeding. On first ice, you can get away with heavier line, larger floats and jumbo wax worms and still catch panfish. Things change though as winter deepens. As weeds die they become less hospitable to panfish. Oxygen levels plummet and oxygen-starved panfish become increasingly dormant. Forced out of...

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

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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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Legendary Ice Fishing at Lake of the Woods by Mike Yurk

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Legendary Ice Fishing at Lake of the Woods by Mike Yurk

You know they take their walleye fishing seriously here as you drive into Baudette, Minnesota. There sits a huge statue of a walleye. A layer of snow covers the top of the walleye because it is winter. Behind it, blanketed in ice, is the Rainy River which flows into Lake of the Woods where ice fishing is legendary. Lake of the Woods is renown for having some of the best ice fishing in the Midwest. It is late January and four of us are sitting in an ice house on Lake of the Woods. It is a gray day with...

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