Ice Fishing

Photos: Angler Breaks Idaho Perch Record

Ice Fishing

Photos: Angler Breaks Idaho Perch Record

On Tuesday, March 9, Adam Mann of Mosinee, Wisconsin, landed a 3.22-pound, 16.25-inch-long perch out of Lake Cascade in Idaho. “I pulled what looked like a football out of the ice and stared at it for about five seconds before I just started yelling,” Mann told MeatEater. “I laid it next to the...
Maggie Hudlow Mar 19, 2021
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5 Spots to Find Catfish Ice Fishing

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5 Spots to Find Catfish Ice Fishing

Anglers across the United States spend a lot of time fishing for catfish, but that sure isn’t the case when it comes to ice fishing. More than likely this is because so many of the diehard cat chasers are located in the southern parts of the country that don’t usually freeze, unlike this year...
Ross Robertson Mar 10, 2021
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Best Baits for Ice Fishing Pike

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Best Baits for Ice Fishing Pike

It was early March when pike patrol the shallows in pre-spawn mode. I was guiding seven anglers, several of whom had never fished before. I chose a shallow, weedy bay and spread my tip-ups to cover prime territory. I tipped my 3/0 red octopus-style hooks with lively golden shiners, 4 to 6 inches...
Ryan Brod Mar 4, 2021
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5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

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5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

I recently jumped in the truck and drove 31 hours to fish a body of water I’d never seen before. As a full-time professional angler and guide for more than two decades, I’ve been able to travel and film fishing in some amazing destinations. In many of those cases I was fishing with a local who...
Ross Robertson Mar 1, 2021
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6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

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6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

Casey and I were standing outside the wall tent enjoying the Montana winter starlight in all its glory when red flashing lights from the top of the grade cut through our rapture. Two and a half hours from the nearest hospital, we figured the ambulance must be arriving for a critical reason. Over the...
Sam Lungren Feb 16, 2021
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5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

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5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

If there’s one thing anglers can agree on, it’s that finding walleye is a challenge. And, even when you do find them, catching is no gimme. Since walleye are less aggressive in winter, they typically take their time inspecting lures. Much like a good baseball pitcher, a quality walleye angler needs...
Ross Robertson Feb 15, 2021
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Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

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Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

My pearl white tube jig spiraled into the black abyss as I leaned over to turn on my flasher. The quiet hum of braided line free-spooling from my reel was quickly overtaken by the buzz emitted by the sonar. Or, maybe it was merely the audible buzz of my own excitement—the first drop of the morning...
Stephen Klobucar Feb 11, 2021
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Ice Anglers Catch Big Muskie on Transducer

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Ice Anglers Catch Big Muskie on Transducer

This article comes from the Bent Fishing Podcast’s “Fish News” segment, where hosts Joe Cermele and Miles Nolte go head to head to find and report the most interesting and amusing fishy stories across sources far and wide—from respected scientific journals to trashy tabloids.  On Jan. 16, Jon Kuznia...
Miles Nolte Feb 5, 2021
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How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

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How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

Perch seem to take a back seat to species like bluegills, crappies, and walleyes when ice fishing. Honestly, it isn’t fair or warranted. They generally travel in large schools, make amazing table fare, and can be found from the Great Lakes to your local farm pond. Once you locate hardwater perch, a...
Ross Robertson Jan 28, 2021
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4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

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4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

On a recent remote ice fishing adventure, out of the seven friends in attendance, MeatEater Production Assistant Chester Floyd  caught more than half of the fish. On nearly every ice excursion I’ve ever joined, I’ve seen similar trends play out: one guy is filling the bucket while the others are...
Sam Lungren Jan 26, 2021
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3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

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3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

Browsing through online tackle store pages or the aisles of your local tackle shop can be overwhelming. Everything looks good, yet many rigs are what my good friend calls “broken clock” lures—tackle that only works twice a day. When choosing ice fishing rigs for walleye, thinking quality over...
Ross Robertson Jan 22, 2021
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