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Lake Erie ice anglers beware; sleeping giant has one eye open

      Lake Erie ice anglers beware; sleeping giant has one eye open Much of Lake Erie is still covered with ice, but the NOAA Coast Watch satellite imagery from Monday shows a large area of open water on the west end of the big lake. (NOAA Coast Watch) Print By D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM, updated March 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM       0   &# ...

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World Record Perch

          EAGLE, Idaho -- Last winter, 12-year-old Tia Wiese and her dad went ice fishing expecting to catch some big fish. The Wiese's had no idea just how big one of their catches would be. On March 1, 2014, Tia and her dad, Gary, set up on Lake Cascade expecting to catch a yellow perch. Tia's line went screaming off and the fish got tangled in two other lines. With help from her dad, Tia was able to reel in the giant perch. Gary weighed the fish on his personal scale and knew it was close to a state record. He rushed to Cascade to have her fish weighed on a certified scale where his suspicions were confirmed. "I couldn't quit smiling," says Tia. "It was the biggest perch I've seen. I was kind of hoping it was a state record." Tia's yellow perch weighed in at 2 pounds 11.68 ounces, making it the new state record holder. After visiting the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Wisconsin, Gary learned that the world record for yellow perch caught while ice fishing w ...

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Guide-Proven Walleye Plays For Early Ice

          Guide-Proven Walleye Plays For Early Ice by  Jason Herter   Legendary walleye guide Tom Neustrom shares strategies for first-ice ‘eyes The venison is neatly wrapped in butcher paper, labeled and squirreled away in the freezer; the orange outfit retired for ice fishing bibs and slip-on cleats. In a perfect world, there’s little snow and good, clean ice is forming throughout the Ice Belt. Whether you call ice fishing’s honeymoon phase “early ice” or “first ice,” one thing is certain: it’s hard to beat, especially for walleyes. Grand Rapids, Minnesota-based guide Tom Neustrom encourages anglers to hit up fall walleye spots during early ice – could be deep, shallow or somewhere in between. Simply, if you caught walleyes there in Oc ...

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Trust Your Depth Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

          Trust Your Depth Finder For More Ice Fishing Success by Bob Jensen     The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early and in most years it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days.  Although the ice isn’t safe yet, if the weather stays like it has been the past few days, we’ll be walking on the ice within a week.  This time of year, safety is the Number One consideration.  There’s no need to take an icy bath just because you want to catch a few fish through the ice. There are a few things to keep in mind throughout the ice-fishing season that will help you catch more fish from under the ice from now until ice-out.  The most important thing to do for ice-fi ...

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Great Late Ice Options

        Great Late Ice Options by Ron Anlauf                                                      Great late ice options should definitely include some bluegills.  By late winter you can expect ‘gills to stay active and actually turn it up a notch and is when you can do plenty of catching. Some of their positive attitude can be attributed to diminishing snow cover and increasing light penetration which pumps up the oxygen levels.  It’s a good situation for anglers who want to get in some serious pole bending before it all comes to a screeching halt.       Finding hot pockets of late winter ‘gills isn’t all that tough and includes deeper flats near shallower summer haunts like weed covered beds and sh ...

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Movin Out for January Walleyes

Movin Out for January Walleyes by Ron Anlauf   Good ice came earlier this season than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started.  In the northern part of the State anglers were even out before Thanksgiving on the shallower lakes like Red and the walleye action was red hot.  If there is a downside to the early start it might be the possibility of the notorious mid-winter slump showing up a little sooner.  Even so; January is still a great time to be on the ice and there are more opportunities right now for keeping your pole bent than at any other time during the hard water season.   Access is the key and by now you should be able get just about anywhere you want to go.  If that’s the case the next question is; where do you really want to go?  Deciding on a starting spot can be a bit of a head scratcher especially on bigger water like Red, Winnibigoshish, or Lake of the Woods.  There is just so much water to co ...

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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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