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Manitoba Pike

Catching giant northern pike on tip-ups is one of the most exciting ice fishing experiences available. It can offer an addictive combination of visual intensity, constant action, and the anticipation of hand setting a hook on a fish of a lifetime.   Finding active feeding areas, positioning fresh bait in the right water column, physical [Read more…]

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Late Ice Panfish

by Dave Csanda   The end of February heralds the closure of ice fishing seasons for gamefish on the inland waters of several northern states. In others, fishing seasons remain open year-‘round—with most of that time frame being ice-free. Running farther north to Canadian waters may be an option for hardcore folks who can’t stand [Read more…]

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Walleye Underwater - Bill Lindner

Photo by Bill Lindner   Winter is finally coming to an end and everyone is chomping at the bit to get out on open water. Luckily, there are some amazing river walleye opportunities for those of you who aren’t patient enough to wait for the ice to melt on the lakes. This happens to be [Read more…]

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Smooth Moves


In the video above, Travis Sorokie breaks down his arsenal for watching walleyes on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota. Here’s a quick breakdown:   #1 – A spin jig tipped with a minnow   You’re going to catch a lot of fish with this rig, but it’s much better for [Read more…]

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Lake Vermilion Resorts


How do some of the best ice fishing guides in the region consistently stay on fish for their clients? Tony Roach’s approach is simple, but effective.   It includes staying mobile, drilling a lot of holes, and fishing fast. Walleyes can be here today, gone tomorrow, so it’s critically important that you’re following the fish [Read more…]

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Lake Winnie


The top ice fishing experts are always looking for an edge when they are on the water. One thing that few anglers do that can make a difference is tuning their tungsten jigs. A perfectly tuned jig paired with a well-rigged soft plastic will absolutely out-fish a sloppily rigged jig and plastic.     For [Read more…]

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If you’re a winter pike angler, you probably use one or more tip ups to present deadbaits on quick strike rigs. It’s like setting a trapline in a productive area—likely a mainlake weedbed or shoreline point—and waiting for a flag to pop up, indicating a strike. Amble on over to the tip up, gingerly lift [Read more…]

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