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Each winter, thousands of anglers make their way to Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota for exceptional walleye fishing through the ice. This 132,516-acre lake reaches 42 feet in depth, with many gravel bars and rock humps on the southern end of the lake. With walleyes using the contours in gravel areas and mud flats as highways, it doesn't take long to locate active fish. 1. Once you locate the fish, you will want to mix up your presentation by using remote jigging stations with JT Outdoors Hot Boxes spread out over various depths in addition to working a lure yourself.…
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This time of year, the lakes are typically full of natural bait, like bugs, minnows and larvae. With an abundance of food, it is easy for walleyes to become lazy when looking for a meal. As a result, we often have to provoke a bite by being aggressive with our fishing presentation. One way to do this is by jigging with artificial tails. During this time of year, fish are often relating to deep water structure, so a 3/8oz-1/2oz jig is needed to reach the bottom. For a tail, I use either a 3” or 3.5” Berkley Ripple Shad. This…
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A trick I have used with some success when dealing with more finicky “below the ice” walleyes this time of year is to play a game of cat-and-mouse with them. Say you are watching a fish on your fishfinder but the fish doesn’t bite your offering immediately. That’s a good time to begin raising the bait up aggressively – often several feet –  jiggle it and then raise it up some more (often having to reel in line). It is important to watch your depth finder to see how far and how aggressively you can try to pull the fish…
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When you are ice fishing, it is important to use the proper jigging action to attract fish to your hole and get them to bite. Often these are two different cadences.   The Lift & Flutter Can Pull the Fish In If you are using a spoon or fishing jig, the “lift and flutter” works well. It is simply giving the bait a quick “pop” up anywhere between six inches and two feet.  Then let it flutter back down by giving it a little slack. If you don’t see any fish approaching on your fish finder, adjust what you are…
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