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    GET ON FIRST ICE JUMBO PERCH

    By Dan Johnson

    Targeting supersize yellow perch on big-water fisheries is often considered a late-winter game. But the truth is, schools of hungry jumbos roam relatively shallow water on large natural lakes across the Ice Belt, offering consistent action for pot-bellied perch requiring little of the finesse often needed later in the season.

    “Early winter can produce great perch fishing,” says veteran Northwoods guide Jeff Sundin, whose favorite perching grounds
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    EARLY-ICE WALLEYES — WALK SOFTLY, AND CARRY A LITTLE STICK

    by Dave Csanda

    Here in the North Country, four to five months of ice cover is common, and ice fishing is a way of life, complete with its own unique clothing, equipment and strategies. Some years present early ice fishing opportunities, while others leave us waiting well into December for sufficiently solidify ice conditions.

    The general rule is to wait for 5 inches of firm new ice to form before you head out on foot. ...
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    WHERE AND HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF FIRST ICE WALLEYES


    by Jeff Samsel

    If you’re an ice junkie and spend the fall anticipating the hard-water season, it probably doesn’t take much to coax you onto the ice once it reaches a safe thickness. If you do need persuasion, good reasons aren’t difficult to find, especially if you enjoy catching walleyes.

    The first part of the ice-fishing
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    First Ice Safety Tips for Ice Fishermen

    Ice fishermen are probably one of the most dedicated groups of anglers to their sport in the world. Just about anywhere there are fish and a walkable coating of ice, anglers will be there drilling holes and setting lines. Early ice is always anticipated like a holiday; excitement builds with ice in the driveway puddles, then skim ice on local roadside ponds, and finally...ice up ...
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    FIND BEFORE YOU FISH

    by Joel Nelson


    Photo Credit: Ben Brettingen - In-Depth Media
    Gas augers like Strikemaster Solo cover water and chew ice, helping you find before you fish.


    Mid-winter can be a depressing time for good ice to befall upon your favorite lake. Oxygen levels are depleting, ...
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    HOW TO CATCH ANYTHING - A MULTI-SPECIES APPROACH

    by Joel Nelson


    Photo Credit - Ben Larson - In-Depth Media Productions

    Have you ever gone fishing and caught something completely un-intended? A few years back we were headed to a small lake in northern MN to film a purported basin bite for spoon-eating crappies. Excited to tie into the 14”+ brutes we’d seen pictures of, we drilled ...
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    Early-ice baits and gear!

    Can catch ’em lots of different ways early-ice while oxygen levels are high and the fish are active. Spoons, rattlebaits, jigs, plastics…we’ve got you covered!


    Lots of brand ...
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    SUCCESS ON ICE WHEN YOU CAN’T BE MOBILE

    by Joel Nelson


    Tip-Ups offer a great way to cover ice-estate, even when you're hunkered down. (Also Pictured - Striker Ice Combat Gloves)


    Much ink and article space has been given to the idea that mobility leads to more fish. Yet even with lazer-fast augers, ...
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    Salmon Spawn Completed


    Fisheries crews completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System, collecting more than 2.2 million eggs.

    North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor Dave Fryda said crews ...
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    RIVER WALLEYES AND SAUGERS: FISHING THE FALL BITE

    Want to extend your open-water fishing time this fall? Phil Piscitello suggests targeting walleyes and saugers in the many rivers of the Midwest.

    In the fall, as the water temperature drops, walleyes and saugers will make a run up the river similar to the spring run. They will look for the deeper holes and will locate near them. They will start dropping deeper into them as the temperature ...
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    Jumbo Perch

    by Dave Csanda



    Large yellow perch, known regionally as “jumbos,” are popular ice-fishing targets throughout the winter months. They provide good action, fight hard on light tackle, and for many anglers, make a great meal. Perch are usually plentiful, so keeping a reasonable number of fish while avoiding ...
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    First Ice Panfish

    by Bob Jenson



    I was at an ice-fishing Open House at a retail tackle shop recently. There some anglers there who had been looking at a long range weather forecast. According to this forecast, cold weather is headed to the upper Midwest, and these anglers were guessing that they would be on the ice in north Iowa by the end of November, maybe

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    SONAR BASICS - MARKING MORE FISH

    by Joel Nelson



    Sonar Basics – Marking More Fish on Your Hardwater Finder

    From the day you get your first flasher, the ice-fishing universe is forever changed. I was 10 years old, the year was 1989, and for 25 bucks I got my grandpa’s old Lowrance 2330 which he had since ...
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    HOW TO JIG

    by Joel Nelson



    "The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." - John Buchan

    My favorite quote about fishing sums up nicely how we approach a day on the ice or open water. Anglers are usually an agreeable crowd, and I find them to be a “glass half-full” group mostly out of necessity. Not all fish bite, and especially mid-winter, you need to focus on the ...
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    Choosing the best ice-fishing line for panfish


    by Brett McComas

    There’s no one specific line type that’s perfect for all situations — each has its own time and place depending on how you’re fishing. Here’s a few things to consider the next time you’re spooling up for hardwater panfish.

    THE VERSATILITY OF MONO

    If I was heading to a lake I had never fished before — and could only bring ...
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    FISH EARLY, FISH SAFE

    by Joel Nelson



    First ice safety is something that comes up annually this time of year, and despite our best efforts as anglers, is highly ignored. We’ve seen the graphics, know how thick the ice generally needs to be, and we understand ...
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    Early-ice safety: How to use a “spud bar” to check ice thickness

    by Brett McComas
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    Simple shore-fishing rig for fall walleyes

    by Will Stolski


    Fall is one of the best times to catch walleyes…and straight-up big ones at that. The common narrative is that fish go deep, and the best way to catch ‘em is hanging big minnows…. While this is certainly true, an overlooked method is night fishing with bait from the bank.

    Don’t get me wrong: Fishing from fancy boats ...
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    Devils Lake level continues to drop and the question is how low will it go?

    by Don Haney

    Aerial view of Devils Lake, Junction of ND Hwy.19 and U.S Hwy. 281 which is underwater Photo special to KFGO News



    DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (KFGO) ...
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    Deer Season Questions and Answers

    Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, or access big game, and white-tailed and mule deer, under the hunting and trapping link at the department’s website, gf.nd.gov.
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