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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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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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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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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

Jake Stanton did not mince any words as we met for the first time in anticipation of ice fishing for perch on Saginaw Bay. “We’re going to fish like barbarians,” he said. He handed me a pole. It was a simple jigging stick, made of a short length of cane, with a couple of pegs to serve as line holders. No reel, just a stick with a small eye on the end, outfitted with a six-pound test, high-visibility monofilament line and a small single-hook spoon with a plastic bead covering the bend in the shank. “I was told that once...

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The Lazy Man’s Rig To Perch Fishing Success by Darryl Choronzey

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The Lazy Man’s Rig To Perch Fishing Success by Darryl Choronzey

 It didn’t take a rocket scientist to quickly realize that Doug Stroud had that special “something” when it came to catching Lake Erie yellow perch. I hadn’t even tied the anchor rope off and settled my 27 foot Mako into a holding position and Stroud already had two jumbo perch resting on ice in the cooler and another two being lifted up and over the side waiting to be unhooked. Perch-hungry or just plain enthusiastic, my guest for the day was obviously showing me his stuff and it was pretty impressive to say the least. The cooler lid was hardly...

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