Archive for January, 2010

Fire on Ice Explained

Posted by MNAngler On January - 30 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

A friend of mine read my Fire on Ice post and clarified why it isn’t dangerous to have a fire on the ice. He explains that fires don’t actually burn that hot at the level of the ice because there isn’t as much air underneath the wood as above it. That coupled with the ash acting as an insulator against the heat keeps the fire from burning a hole in the ice. Thanx, BigSkyAngler, for explaining how/why it works. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like Loading... Read More →

Fire on Ice

Posted by MNAngler On January - 29 - 20104 COMMENTS
Fire on Ice

As I was doing research for my last post, I came upon an article about ice safety. At the end of the article, a reader posted a comment that he’s seen people build fires out on the ice. The commenter couldn’t believe that they would do such a thing. Previous to my calculations, I would have thought the same thing. The calculations in my last post showed how a heater in an ice shelter is not a problem. However, it would seem to be a bit more dangerous to have a fire on the ice given... (more...)

Why It’s Safe to Use a Heater When Ice Fishing

Posted by MNAngler On January - 26 - 20106 COMMENTS
Why It's Safe to Use a Heater When Ice Fishing

Over the last few months, when I’ve been telling friends and family that I’ve been ice fishing, those that don’t ice fish themselves are astounded to hear that we have a heater in our shelter. Conventional wisdom would dictate that bringing a heater out on the ice would, as one of my friends put it, be grounds for a Darwinism award. After all ice + heat = water. So it would seem you are putting your life in your own hands when heating the shelter you’re ice fishing in. So... (more...)

Bounty of Crappie

Posted by MNAngler On January - 24 - 20104 COMMENTS
Bounty of Crappie

Species: Crappie Size: 9″, 8″, 8″, 7″ Lure used: hot pink jighead with white plastic grub and live minnows Date: 1/24/2010 Time: 7:30-11:30am Body of water: An Iced Over Lake Location: Somewhere in the North Metro Weather Conditions: overcast, foggy, drizzly I got a call from Mark last night saying that he and the neighbors were headed out at 7:30 this morning to one of the local lakes. (I would tell you which one, but I was asked not to.) The morning was fogged in with... (more...)

Amazing Ice Tale

Posted by MNAngler On January - 20 - 20101 COMMENT

I haven’t been able to get out on the ice in the past few weeks, so I haven’t had any ice fishing stories to tell. However, in talking with my buddy, Dan, he recalled an amazing story that happened to him and one of his friends while ice fishing in Northern Minnesota several years ago. Dan and some buddies were up in the Boundary Waters ice fishing. (For you non-Minnesotans, the lakes on the border between Minnesota and Canada are often referred to as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).... (more...)

Winter Open Water Fishing II

Posted by MNAngler On January - 17 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

The open water fishing article I posted earlier this week reminded me of a segment I saw on Minnesota Bound last weekend. The host, Ron Schara, introduced a story about Nelson Lake in North Dakota. The lake is used by Minnkota Power to cool its turbines. The water is then returned to the lake at a balmy 62 degrees, so it stays open water all winter long. It looks like a fun place to try to fish some day, especially since it’s known as a largemouth bass lake. It would be kind of weird to... (more...)

Winter Open Water Fishing

Posted by MNAngler On January - 14 - 20101 COMMENT

The BassPastor turned his readers on to this article about open water fishing in the winter in Minnesota: No ice hole necessary: You can catch fish all winter in open water It sounds like a lot more fun than sitting over a hole. But it also sounds pretty challenging unless you know what you’re doing. I may have to contact Mr. Lindgren or Mr. Douglas to get more information on these open water spots. I’m always up for a challenge. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like... (more...)

Record Minnesota Muskie

Posted by MNAngler On January - 13 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Record Minnesota Muskie

I’m a little late with this news because I haven’t been trolling forums as much in recent months. Back in late October, a couple of muskie hunter old-timers caught a monster muskie that may be the new Minnesota record. Just like Kyle Anderson from Michigan, the pair was more interested in releasing the lunker in good health rather than get it weighed and certified on land. The good news in this case was that they were successful. I didn’t get a chance to do any muskie hunting... (more...)

World Record Largemouth Bass

Posted by MNAngler On January - 11 - 20104 COMMENTS
World Record Largemouth Bass

If you’re even remotely into bass fishing, you know that Manabu Kurita of Japan caught a largemouth bass in July that was widely believed to be a new world record. The results were made official late last week and he was given a tie with the world record set 77 years ago. Field and Stream reported that it weighed one ounce more than the old record, but International Game and Fish Association regulations require new world records of fish 25 pounds or less to weigh two ounces more than the previous... (more...)

5 Step DIY Rod Tube

Posted by MNAngler On January - 7 - 20102 COMMENTS

Fishing Jones celebrated the New Year by posting 5 steps to making your own rod tube: Go to hardware store. Buy PVC stuff. Glue PVC stuff together. Breathe in PVC Glue, depress nervous system. Adorn with accumulated stickers. Simple, yet effective. Time to take a trip to the hardware store. But I think I’ll replace step 4 with:     4. Spray paint. The smell of the spray paint will likely have the same effect as the PVC glue. I’ll also have to add:     4.a.... (more...)