Joel Nelson

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Staying Warm on the Ice

February 2nd, 1996 saw some of the coldest temperatures on record throughout the state of Minnesota, with air temps in the -30’s F, and windchill values nearly double that mark. Trucks, like mine, needed a jump, town was quiet on account of Gov. Arne Carlson shutting down the state, and people hunkered down to wait [Read more…]

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Walleye Ice Fishing

By Joel Nelson   Of paramount importance to any hobby is knowing what you’re working with.   Just like a golfer doesn’t take a shot without knowing wind speed/direction, distance to the green, or pin location, you’ll probably do a whole lot better at this ice-fishing thing if you know what species just showed up [Read more…]
Spoon Hacks Walleyes

By Joel Nelson   Brad Hawthorne has amassed more time on the water in the past decade than just about any ice-fishing guide out there. With stints on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs, Upper Red Lake, and Lake of the Woods, there are few stones he’s left unturned in terms of ice presentations that work for walleyes, [Read more…]

Ice Sonar Tips

By Joel Nelson   From the day you get your first flasher, the ice-fishing universe is forever changed.   I was 10 years old, the year was 1989, and for 25 bucks I got my grandpa’s old Lowrance 2330 which he had since given up on figuring out. It was fairly simple to operate, and [Read more…]

Lake Vermilion Resorts

To be completely honest, color selection generally isn’t very high on our priority list. There are many other factors (depth, speed, profile, etc.) that tend to have a bigger impact on the bite.   That said, there are few notable exceptions…   Just like round gobies in the Great Lakes, rusty crayfish have exploded in [Read more…]

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Bleeding Walleyes

Do you want better tasting walleye fillets?   Bleeding your catch in the livewell beforehand can make a massive difference. This concept isn’t new, but most fishermen still don’t take advantage of it. In the video above, Joel Nelson demonstrates the process and shows a staggering side-by-side comparison of the fillets.   Next time you [Read more…]

Livebait vs Plastics

Some anglers are purists when it comes to choosing between livebait and plastics for walleye fishing. The best anglers understand that there’s a time and place for everything. Joel Nelson breaks down how he approaches the ever-debated topic of artificials vs “meat”!     For more video tips like this, Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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