Ice Fishing

Ice angler fishing over an ice hole

Ice Fishing Safety Tips & Tricks (video)

October 18, 2019
Common Sense is the Key to Enjoying All Kinds of Recreation on Winter Lakes Ice fishing. It’s one of those outdoor activities about which most folks say either “Uh-uh. Nope. Never. Are you crazy?”…
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Search Strategies For Late Ice Jumbo Perch

March 11, 2019
  By Jason Mitchell   Ice anglers have long been infatuated with big jumbo perch and late ice is a prime window for targeting perch on a lot of different fisheries. In some states, game fish seasons…
Tim Allard with a perch caught jigging a deep flat....

The Best Ice Fishing Lure Styles to Catch Yellow Perch

January 21, 2019
Yellow perch are fun to catch on the ice. While they are often willing biters, there are times when having a specific fishing lure makes a huge difference in the size and number of perch you can…
Brian Brosdahl with a haul of yellow perch.Photo credit: Heather Brosdahl ...

Brian Brosdahl’s Best Ice Fishing Locations for Panfish (video)

January 9, 2019
Minnesota guide, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl spends most of the winter finding and catching big bluegill, crappie, and other panfish through the ice. Bro’s recipe for ice fishing success is simple. First,…
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Targeting Big Pike Through the Ice With Jason Mitchell

January 3, 2019
By Jason Mitchell Northern pike have a rap sheet with ice anglers.  These top end carnivores have always held a special place in ice fishing lore simply for their attitude.  Some of my earliest ice…

Finding Quality Fishing Spots in Fall Leads to Better Ice Fishing

December 15, 2018
How locating fish and bottom transitions in fall is essential to great ice fishing. By Luke Lovrek - Humminbird   As temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to fall, many northern anglers…

Main Streamed Crappie Through the Ice

November 27, 2018
By Jason Mitchell   Crappie inhabit so many different environments and ecosystems.  What has always made ice fishing so much fun for me is the simple fact that each body of water will have its own…
News & Tips: Pinpointing Walleyes During Early Ice

Pinpointing Walleyes During Early Ice

March 6, 2018
Small lakes can provide excellent ice fishing opportunities early in the winter! While it is tempting to head out on the lake as soon as it freezes over, I like to wait until there is 4-6 inches of…

Ice Fishing: High-Low Water Levels and Winter Trout

January 23, 2018
Fluctuating water levels can throw winter trout anglers a curve on lakes across the Ice Belt. But they don't have to keep you from putting fish on the ice. Armed with the right approach, you can…

Catch Bigger Panfish This Winter

November 28, 2017
by Jason Mitchell   Many ice anglers covet big panfish. What constitutes a big bluegill, sunfish or crappie can vary across regions and can depend on the angler, water and year. Some lakes only seem…
News & Tips: Ice Fishing: 5 Cadences for Spoons and Jigs...

Ice Fishing: 5 Cadences for Spoons and Jigs

February 15, 2017
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…
 Mike Raetz with a great central Minnesota bluegill.  Raetz loves the versatility of soft plastics when targeting big bluegill and sunfish.   by  Mike Raetz with a great central Minnesota bluegill.  R...

Soft Plastic Bait Insights for Bluegill Ice Anglers

January 21, 2017
by Tayler Michels (Staff Writer for Jason Mitchell Outdoors)     Today’s modern era of ice fishing offers advancements in equipment that make anglers more efficient on the ice.  Flashers, underwater…