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Ice Fishing (5)
White Perch (1)
Wildlife Management (1)
How to Fight and Land Big Fish through the Ice
Feb 27, 2020
When I get to the tip-up, the silver spool spins fast enough to raise bubbles in the hole. It slows to a moderate spin, consistent, without stopping. I give a thumbs-up to my dad who trails behind me. He picks up his pace, navigating the lake’s crusty snow cover on his one good knee.
By all indications, a large northern pike has taken our six-inch golden shiner. Smaller pike, I’ve found, run in short bursts—peeling line from the spool then...
Muskie Fishing Basics: How to Catch the Premier Freshwater Predator
Oct 4, 2019
When it finally happened, I was thinking about lunch: moose stew bubbling over the Coleman stove back at camp or turkey and cheese on a bulkie roll. I’d been casting since dawn, and both choices seemed tempting. Standing at the stern of my canoe, I gazed across the water into Canada. Large, spiky evergreens lined the far shore. The few deciduous trees were beyond peak foliage. When I turned my attention back to the all-black, foot-long streamer...
Late Winter Harvest: Feeding Generations on Northeast Natives
Mar 20, 2019
I don’t remember my first fish, but there’s a good chance it was a white perch. I’m pondering that perch, and thinking about the species in general, as I tip my jig with a shiner chunk and drop it to the bottom. White perch aren’t actually perch; they’re a cousin to the much larger and more glamorous stripers, natives of the Northeast, like me, like my father, and his father.
My father stands nearby, beside his long-time fishing buddy, Jeff. They...
Pike Under Ice: Advanced Tactics for Spooky Winter Northerns
Mar 8, 2019
I came to pike fishing by way of salmon, which is to say I was utterly unprepared. Landlocked salmon—the preferred quarry at the outset of my ice fishing journey 20 years ago—require delicate leaders, small hooks and pin smelts pierced gently beneath their dorsal. Call it finesse ice fishing, if such a thing exists.
What did I know about northern pike? Not much. A biologist acquaintance told me that pike were illegally introduced into the...