by Bob Jensen  |   Ice anglers and open water anglers are always looking for a new trick that will help them catch more fish.  They’re looking for that magic bait, or bait color, or method of retrieving, or whatever that will help them get more fish to bite.  In reality, there is no one […]

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by Bob Jensen I was on the ice last week with some friends fishing for perch and crappies and walleyes and whatever else wanted to bite.  We caught a good bunch of fish, but there were also lulls in the action when my friends and I talked about a bunch of different things.  Mixed with […]

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by Bob Jensen Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about end of the season ice-fishing.  In the southern stretches of the ice-fishing zone, the end of the season bite will start soon: In fact it has probably already started. In the northern regions of the ice-fishing world, the season can extend […]

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by Mitch Eeagan Winter’s grip will soon relax. As the season’s thick grey clouds thin, elevating rays of sun will slash through the bitter air and warm it to a more comfortable tone. The snowpack’s about to melt; the warming environment is a trigger for once-lethargic crappie to roam towards shallow water from their dead-of-winter […]

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By Jim Edlund with Pat Kalmerton Amidst the focus on jigging and mobility over recent years, some proven strategies have been lost in the icy shuffle. Regardless, tip-up fishing has consistently produced fish and put guys head-to-head in 50-yard dash sprints since day one. It’s forged (and compromised) friendships over the years, served as fun […]

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by Bob Jensen The year 2016 started off with cold temperatures and reports of a hot perch bite on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville, Minnesota, right on the Minnesota/South Dakota border.  Some friends and I planned a trip to Big Stone with an eye on the weather.  We decided that as soon as there was […]

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by Bob Jensen  When you go ice-fishing, you need to do several things to consistently catch fish. First, you’ve got to be on a body of water that has a good population of the fish that you want to catch. Next, you need to be in an area on that body of water that is […]

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by Bob Jensen Whenever, wherever, however you go fishing, the line you choose to use is a very important consideration.  It’s the only thing between you and the fish, so you want a line that you can count on to be strong so you can get the fish onto the ice or into the boat.  […]

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