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    Ice-fishing fun can be had without breaking budget

    By Scott Mackenthun



    Buy a suit or a fish house? Both serve the purpose of keeping you warm while on the ice. Photo by Scott Mackenthun
    Chad Courrier

    One of my favorite adaptations of fantasy football was the salary cap league.


    A spending limit on salaries made for an even playing field in divvying up the high-end and well-known talent. There was an incentive to find great value and you found yourself looking at matchups, players who would get an opportunity in the face of injury, and unproven rookies or under-utilized players looking for a second
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    FINDING FISH - THE WHEELHOUSE DROP-ZONE

    by Joel Nelson


    Using an Otter as a Scouthouse could be the very best way to find fish to park on.
    Photo Credit - Matt Addington Photography
    Products featured:
    Otter XTH Lodge Hub


    It always amazes me how a sea of anglers can be so willing to sit over a featureless, and often ...
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    How to Pickle Pike

    A simple recipe for making bite-sized snacks you can share on the ice all month long.


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    JAMIE CARLSON


    Winter in the Northland doesn’t stop all outdoor activity. For a few hearty souls, the cold weather and thick ice on the lakes means it’s time to get out and enjoy some ice fishing either with rod and reel, a tip up, or with a spear.



    However you catch
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    Water Temperatures Under Ice, The Ghost Factor

    by Matt Straw



    Every ice angler experiences it, sooner or later: A "guaranteed spot" that crawls with fish every winter suddenly fails to produce. Such events seem especially prevalent during extreme winters, like the one we experienced last year.

    The winter of 2013-14 produced thicker ice, heavier snowfall, and colder average temperatures than normal. Cleveland, Ohio, experienced more sub-zero ...
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    Trophy Walleye on Manitoba’s Gunisao Lake

    By Jason Mitchell

    We have been fortunate to have filmed some of the best walleye fishing in North America. Traveling to many renowned destination fisheries during peak times. We have experienced incredible walleye bites across the United States and Canada.

    There are fisheries ...
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    How to catch heavily-pressured metro walleyes

    When targeting heavily-pressured ‘eyes in the big city, you gotta think differently. Many of these fish have seen it all, and can’t be fooled by the “typical” approach…

    We tracked down Twin Cities (MN) native Andrew Osowski and had our minds blown by his approach to big metro gravel lizards…little outside the box, but clearly workin’ for him!

    > Andrew: Seems like a lot of guys will go deep midwinter…there’s definitely fish to ...
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    Search Strategies for Jumbo Perch at Late Ice




    By Jason Mitchell

    Ice anglers have long been infatuated with big jumbo perch and late ice is a prime window for targeting perch on a lot of different fisheries. In some states, game fish seasons close prior to the late ice period where as perch and other pan fish seasons remain open year-round. ...
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    Ice Fishing: Avoid These Panfish Mistakes

    by Joel Nelson

    Thoughtful insight to help you choose the right gear for catching more slabs out on the ice. (Shutterstock image)
    My dad used to say “a tool for every job.” Most often, he would utter this phrase when he couldn’t find a hammer and the right sized punch to knock loose a bolt from any of the assorted equipment we had on the farm.

    Far from anything specialized, most of these tasks simply required brute force, or an acetylene torch to heat whatever needed pounding. ...
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    Expert Tips For Hardwater Fishing

    by Polly Dean



    Here's timely advice from an expert ice-angler that is sure to help you ice more fish this winter.

    Fishing guide Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Service (www.hookestters.biz) chuckled when I asked how he came into guiding anglers on the water and ice for a living.



    “Where do I start? You know it's not ...
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    Finding Pike Consistently All Season Long

    by Gord Pyzer



    There’s something special about ice fishing for giant pike—spotting a tip-up flag as it springs from the release, seeing the spool spinning wildly. You snub the line, feel the fish, and set the hook. Then there’s the moment when you see the fish’s great green snout as it’s pulled up through the hole and then its tooth-filled head the size of a crocodile comes into sight. You slip your hand behind its gill plate, slide the fish onto the ice, and time stands still.

    The most important consideration for catching giant winter pike is fishing ...
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    How Clayton Schick catches walleyes all day long

    Of course walleyes tend to be most active during low-light periods (sunrise or sunset), but you can still catch ‘em during the middle of the day if you’re willing to change up your tactics and locations….

    Clayton Schick is one of those ice-nuts who stays on ‘em all day long. He chases (and catches) some of the biggest ‘eyes across the ice belt — one look at his YouTube channel and you’ll see what we’re talkin’ about!

    We tracked him down to find out what he does differently to stay on fish of THIS caliber all day:
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    WHEELHOUSE EATING - COOKING ON ICE

    by Joel Nelson



    Some of the best meals you’ll ever have are eaten outdoors. In the thick of it, while back-country camping or cooking shore lunch on a rocky Canadian Shield lake. Everything tastes better when you’ve hand-crafted it, worked for it.

    Winter’s version of
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    Go Mobile to Catch More Ice Walleyes

    by Joel Nelson

    The ability and willingness to go mobile when ice-fishing for walleyes can determine whether you catch fish or not. (Shutterstock image)

    Some of the most impactful nuggets of wisdom I’ve collected from guides, professional anglers and other fishy types have come at the least expected times. During some down-time on a filming trip with Fishing Hall of Fame photographer and videographer Billy Lindner, one of those moments occurred. We were dragging live-bait ...
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    ROACH REPORTS ON WHICH ‘RAPS’ TO FISH WHEN THIS WINTER

    by Tony Roach


    Rapala Jigging Raps, Rippin’ Raps and Slab Raps will all draw fish from far under the ice and into the strike zone below your hole. Knowing which one to tie on when will help you catch more and bigger fish this winter.

    “All of them can be deadly any time of year, but as a rule of thumb, I’ll rely on different ones at different times as my go-to ‘search’ bait,” says in-demand Minnesota fishing guide Tony Roach, an ICE FORCE® pro.

    Roach’s rule-of-thumb search-bait schedule
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    Fish ‘saddles’ for mid-winter walleyes

    Mid-winter can be a tough time to chase down walleyes…a combination of fishing pressure and cold temps often lead to lethargic fish and a finicky bite. I got ahold of ice-nut Forrest Leitch to get his take on finding productive water during the mid-winter lull:

    Forrest chases ‘eyes all over the ice belt, but spends most of his time fishing the Detroit Lakes area ...
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    Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water


    A push to encourage open-water anglers to keep fish caught from deep waters should carry over into the ice fishing season, according to the State Game and Fish Department.


    Catch-and-release fishing, no matter the time ...
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    Suspended Walleye? You Bet!






    The fish I aim to speak about in this blog is one that is spoken of quite frequently, whether it be in a posting on social medias, over numerous radio stations and or in the newspaper and is the topic of many controversial conversations ...
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    Lake Winnipeg Walleye Ice Fishing

    by Doug Stange

    If you want to catch lots of walleyes, including an excellent chance at fish over 10 pounds, we recommend a winter ice fishing trip to Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba. We first told the story of this fantastic walleye fishery several years ago. Since then, we've returned every year and have caught hundreds ...
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    Mastering Monster Hardwater Pike

    by Dr. Jason Halfen


    Use these techniques to increase your chances of catching a trophy pike. (Shutterstock image)

    Northern pike, apex predators of the Ice Belt, sustain high levels of activity during the long winter months. In fact, the largest pike are pulled through 10-inch holes in the ice more frequently than they are hoisted into boats by warmwater anglers. Advances in hardwater technology
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