Posts Tagged 'Ice fishing'
No different than in open water, each trip on the ice is unique: we fish at different depths, with different lures, for different species, each time we venture on the ice. As a result, every angler should own a basic arsenal of ice rods and reels that will cover the typical contingencies they may face during the hardwater months. Let’s begin by dissecting the issues surrounding rod, reel, and line selection for ice fishing. Just […]
One of my favorite things about writing this column is the opportunity to share my love of the great outdoors with others. I love to hear from readers who tried fishing for the first time, went on a new adventure or enjoyed a particularly successful trip after reading one of my articles. In recent years, I’ve also been sharing my passion for fishing through community classes. And my latest Ice Fishing 101 course served as […]
It’s that time of year when ice anglers will be traveling to Montana’s waters for the ice fishing season. While the first ice of the year often offers some of the best fishing, it also can be quite variable from location to location and from day to day. Anglers should be familiar with the water body they plan to fish. In FWP Region 6, there are dozens of water bodies that have windmills operating to […]
Anglers again this past winter spent nearly 2 million hours ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ winter creel survey show. According to Phil Talmage, area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette, anglers logged 1.94 million hours of ice time on the big lake last winter, keeping about 257,000 pounds of walleyes and 279,000 pounds of saugers. As part of the survey, a creel clerk counts […]
Art Nuthak stood on a foot of ice, a hood pulled over his head and ice cleats strapped on his boots to keep from slipping. With a strong wind, it felt much colder than the 32-degree temperature, but perch fishing has been hot here. “We like to eat perch, so that’s why we come up here,” Nuthak said as he monitored bobbers in two holes in the ice and hoped for a bite. The lowly […]
I can hardly remember a longer period of winter weather where the temperatures remained so brutally cold as they have during the past two weeks. Even the record-setting winters of the late 1970’s and early 80’s had the occasional moderate “upper 30” days here and there before we got slammed with more chill. But, be that as it is, it has likely ensured an adventuresome angler with the opportunity to actually ice fish along the […]