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Take Your Pick for First Ice

Take Your Pick for First Ice by Ron Anlauf   There are plenty of good first ice destinations but these are my personal pics and they’re some dandies.  From big walleyes to giant pike to eye poppin perch you can take your pick and it really is all good.  Sure they all probably require some extra drive time but they are all about as close to a lead pipe cinch as you can get.   First on the list is Lake of the Woods which puts out tons of walleyes every year.  From the Rainy River, to Pine Island, to the NW Angle; the fishing is always good.  Sure there are times when it’s better than others and you can run into difficult fishing on occasion but even then it’s still good, especially when you compare it to any other fishery.  The early season action starts out relatively shallow along the break line off of Pine Island and moves deeper and deeper as the season progresses.  Same thing for shoreline breaks all the way over to Long Point and beyond.  As good ice develo ...

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Passive Aggressive Walleyes

Passive Aggressive Walleyes                 by Ron Anlauf                         Good ice came early last season, earlier than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started.  In some of the northernmost parts of the country; anglers were even out on the shallower lakes before Thanksgiving, and it’s been years since that has happened.  The attraction to the early season is action and lots of it, especially when it comes to walleyes.  They typically start out gangbusters and slow down steadily as the season progresses and some of the most exciting bites come early in the season.  Productive early season techniques include plenty of jigging spoons and are really hard to beat when you’re looking for fish.  A spoon tipped with a minnow head is qu ...

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