Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 26, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catching Yellow Perch on Ice

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Yellow perch are mostly found in the north and east, but with stocking can be caught as far south as Kansas or Missouri. They will hit a variety of lures and bait. I’ve caught them with minnows and nightcrawlers under a bobber, casting small spinner baits, and even on my fly rod but mostly while fishing for other species. When the water gets cold enough to stand on safely, many anglers start thinking about targeting…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 25, 2015

Debbie Hanson

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

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Even when the weather puts a damper on your outdoor fishing plans, you can still create your own indoor fishing-related fun. No, you won’t be landing a largemouth bass in your living room, but this list of indoor fishing games can help you keep your skills sharp and species knowledge up to par. Fish Jigsaw Puzzle. Learn how to identify different fish species by assembling a fish jigsaw puzzle. Many outdoor specialty retailers and websites…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 21, 2015

Tom Keer

An Ice Fishing Gear List

Photo Credit New Hampshire Outdoors

Photo Credit: New Hampshire Outdoors The more we ice fish the more gear we collect. That’s one of the fun parts of fishing or of any sport for that matter. But we all have to get started somewhere, so here is a list of gear that is enough for a beginner through intermediate ice fisherman. The sky is always the limit, but let’s get started. Tools of the Trade: Fishing Gear Two techniques work best…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Story Time

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Ice fishing requires patience. Fish are sluggish in cold water so it is a good idea to commit to a hole for a while. As you and your fishing buddy are waiting, and maybe jigging your line every now and then, this might be a good time to share some fish stories. Fishermen are renowned for their fish stories, which makes sense because if you fish long enough, you are bound to witness something amazing.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 18, 2015

Debbie Hanson

6 Ice Fishing Tips to Target Species Through the Ice

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It has been said that variety is the spice of life… I firmly believe that this concept should also apply to your life as an ice angler. Don’t let the chilly winter temperatures deter you from experimenting with new baits or lures on a variety of different species. If you’re new to ice fishing, and are wondering which types of fish are most likely to bite during the winter months in the northern regions, check…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 14, 2015

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Safety

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Photo Credit: New Hampshire Fish and Game “No one will be happy until someone loses an eye” goes the saying, and that’s what makes ice fishing safety an important topic.  A fun day of ice fishing can turn sour very quickly, so here are 5 topics that will turn frowns upside down. 1.     Falling through the ice. I said falling through the ice would never happen to anyone I know, and then my sister went through…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Streaming Web Cams: An Indoor Fishing Adventure. Sort of…

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Is the ice still “growing” on your lakes? Are your roads due a visit from a snowplow? Same here. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about fishing. There are various ways to use fishing “down time” such as reorganizing tackle or fishing rod repair. Well, internet also can help fishermen cope. Here are 3 ways live streaming web cams can help when fishing conditions are poor: Watch the fishing conditions online. By monitoring,…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 11, 2015

Debbie Hanson

4 of the Best Places to Ice Fish

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Whether you appreciate the solitude that comes with being one of the few anglers out on a frozen lake at sunset or just look forward to uninterrupted time spent with friends and family in an ice shanty atmosphere, there are a few things to appreciate about winter — ice fishing is one of them. Not sure where to ice fish or which lakes will offer the best ice fishing experience? Well, maybe I can help…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Ice Fish

Photo Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Photo Credit: WI DNR There is a lot more to ice fishing than drilling a hole and setting up shop.  Finding a spot is best done when it’s warm out so you can tie in to a species’ winter feeding patterns.  Let’s break down searching for a spot based on the commonly targeted types of fish. Yellow Perch:  Perch get ice fishermen fired up with good reason.  These fish school up, and the schools can…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Ways a Polar Plunge Catches Fish: Cold Water Techniques

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When retrieved, lures vary greatly in their range of actions such as the tightness of wobble, depth of dive, or amount of flash from a spinning blade. However there are many occasions such as fishing in cold water, where just the drop IS the action. As the lure falls to the bottom or earlier preferred depth, you may find that on your first crank of the reel, a fish may already be there. One technique…

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