Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 25, 2014

Debbie Hanson

4 Places to Go Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

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Although Wisconsin is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” the winter fishing opportunities found in this Midwestern state shouldn’t be overshadowed by the amount of cheese curds it produces. According to the University of Wisconsin’s Water Library, Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes and 13,500 miles of navigable streams and rivers. That means plenty of places to go fishing… even in the middle of January. Ice fishing may not be for everyone since it can…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Shanty Town

You’re likely to find a mixed bag of anglers and shanties when you head out on to the ice. Some, like me, lead a Spartan-type of life and stand out in the cold. I kid myself that the jigging motion is going to keep me warm. Other fishermen have wind-blocks, lean-to’s of sort that are wind breaks made from sheets of canvas and stakes. Then there are the single-person huts, perfect for moving and positioning.…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 13, 2014

Debbie Hanson

How Do Fish Keep From Freezing During Winter?

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It’s the middle of winter in the Northern United States and temperatures have been consistently below freezing for weeks. A few fishing buddies talked you into a day of ice fishing on the lake, so now you’re sitting in a shanty, sipping on your warm morning coffee and wondering, how in the heck do fish survive all winter long in such chilly water temperatures anyway? There are actually a few factors involved when it comes…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
January 7, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Ice Fishing 101

Chisels or an auger are popular tools for ice fishing

Winter months, for some, entail trying to find something to do while staying warm indoors, but for ice anglers, it’s go time.  It’s time for you to give ice fishing a try. Below are hints on ice fishing gear you really need , and what you won’t need, and some other ice fishing tips to help make this your new outdoor passion. For starters, a quad or a snowmobile might come in handy to help…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Cast “Art?”

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There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 11, 2013

Tom Keer

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 4, 2013

Tom Keer

Finding Spots to Drill a Hole

Folks who don’t ice fish think that there is nothing more to the sport than going out on the ice, drilling a hole, and catching fish. That is certainly one way to go about it, but the odds are high that you’ll be a little shy in the fish catching department. Savvy anglers use a common sense approach that begins long before the ice is thick enough to support a shanty, a vehicle, or a…




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