Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Get-Together

Posted by MNAngler On March - 1 - 20122 COMMENTS
Ice Fishing Get-Together

Guess what? You won’t believe it. I actually went fishing this weekend! I attended the 4th Annual Meister’s Ice Fishing Get-Together on Saturday that went from 10am-2pm. Meister’s is a local bar and grill. It was the same get-together I attended last year with my neighbors. This year was vastly different than last year. Mainly because the weather has been so uncooperative. Many ice fishing contests were cancelled due to thin ice. Fortunately, this one was late enough in... (more...)

Wind Fishing

Posted by MNAngler On December - 30 - 20111 COMMENT
Wind Fishing

Surprise! I’m writing a post! Better yet. I went fishing! Yes, after four months of not touching a rod (except to put them away for the winter), I actually got out and baited a hook. Vince was in town for Christmas and we hit the ice the day after the holiday. It was a bit of a risk because it’s been unseasonably warm so far this winter. We’ve had multitudes of day above freezing and many of the larger lakes have thin ice, and even open water. Check out the story about the... (more...)

Ice Fishing 2010-2011 In Review

Posted by MNAngler On April - 2 - 20111 COMMENT
Ice Fishing 2010-2011 In Review

I saw my first open water near the shore of one the bigger lakes yesterday. The ice lost its grip on shallow ponds almost a week ago. I’ve been seeing a lot of ducks hanging out on those ponds. So with ice fishing season over, it’s time once again to do an ice season review. Looking back at last year, I actually got out one day less. It felt like I got out a lot more, but I think that was just because I had a lot more action this year. Days fished: 6 Fish caught: 22 (5 perch, 17... (more...)

Most Un-trophy Trophy

Posted by MNAngler On March - 22 - 20118 COMMENTS
Most Un-trophy Trophy

The Outdoor Blogger Network posted a photo prompt today that could not be ignored: Most Un-Frame Worthy Outdoor Photo, otherwise known as, “Smallest Fish” or “Most Un-trophy Trophy”. Mine was this one: Can you even see it??? It was caught at my dad’s cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. We were there for Christmas and my brother wanted to do some ice fishing. We drilled some random holes and I caught this guy. I don’t even remember what I used as bait. It was... (more...)

An Early Morning Panfish Adventure

Posted by MNAngler On March - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
An Early Morning Panfish Adventure

Mark, Rob, and I decided to try Bluegill Bill‘s lake to see if we could catch some of the slab panfish that has been reported to be in that lake. In our three hours out there, we managed less than 10 fish total. I caught two crappie, Mark caught somewhere around 6, and Rob got none. We tried everything. Euro larva, small minnows, large minnows, hooking through the mouth, hooking through the back, you name it, we pretty much tried it. It was a lot of work for the few fish we got. And not... (more...)

Ice Fishing 301 : Enticing Ice Crappie with the Help of Electronics

In my last ice fishing report, I talked about a technique Mark used to catch more than 20 crappie in less than 2 hours. As promised, I am going to describe his technique now after delaying my initial commitment due to a special post. I thought about titling this post “Ice Fishing 101,” but this technique is really beyond the basics into more intermediate skills. It’s more of an upper-classman lesson than one for a freshman. It uses a fish finder known as a flasher because of... (more...)

Grand Master of Ice Crappie

Posted by MNAngler On March - 8 - 20115 COMMENTS
Grand Master of Ice Crappie

A few weeks ago, I dubbed my brother the Master of Ice Crappie because he had caught 13 crappie in just a few hours of ice fishing. That was an impressive feat considering the conditions. We essentially drilled some random holes near some other ice fishermen and he jigged his way to success with no electronics. We were essentially blind to what was below us, but he was still able to catch all those fish. However, having a Vexilar (fish finder) and knowing how to read it and use it effectively... (more...)

The Legendary Bluegill Bill

Posted by MNAngler On March - 6 - 20112 COMMENTS
The Legendary Bluegill Bill

I was at a neighborhood gathering tonight where the guys were in the living room talking fishing and the ladies were in the kitchen playing Yahtzee. I was definitely in the right room. During our conversation, one of the guys mentioned that one of his co-workers brought in an article for him about a local panfish fisherman known as Bluegill Bill. Much like Kermit Wick, Bluegill Bill has been fishing for most of his life. And he’s been ice fishing for 75 years. He’s seen a lot of changes... (more...)

Success at an Ice Fishing Get-Together

Posted by MNAngler On February - 27 - 20114 COMMENTS
Success at an Ice Fishing Get-Together

I had opportunity to participate in an Ice Fishing Get-together sponsored by a local bar on Saturday. It wasn’t called a tournament because of the legalities of such a moniker, but it had all the makings of one: an entry fee, prizes for the biggest and smallest fish, and a raffle. The Get-together started at 10am, but I was late due to being a chauffeur to little boy to a play date. I didn’t get on the ice and start fishing until just before 11. I found out about this event through... (more...)

Ice Fishing in a Blizzard

Posted by MNAngler On February - 20 - 20114 COMMENTS
Ice Fishing in a Blizzard

The local weathermen were all in a tizzy the past few days because they were predicting a storm to rival the one that hit us last Dec 11. By 1:30pm, the snow was supposed to be coming down in full force, but it wasn’t snowing that heavily. It was just windy. The snow was falling sideways. But that wasn’t going to deter us true Minnesotans from venturing out to try to catch us some fish. My 3 neighbors and I went out to Lake Owasso for the afternoon to see if we could land some walleyes. When... (more...)


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