After waiting a while, you finally get a bite. The spindle is spinning like mad when you arrive at the tip up. I will usually wait until the spinning stops before I lift the tip up “gently”. I like to wait until the northern takes a second “run” before setting the hook lightly due to […]
Being first ice, the thickness of the ice doesn’t warrant using a power auger so I will use a 4 or 5 inch hand auger. In the lakes where I fish in Southeastern Wisconsin there are a lot of people fishing to I won’t spread the holes too far apart. I tend to fish a […]
I am jig fishing almost exclusively. I bring my 50 inch long poles with stillfish reels and my basic jig rods teamed with a small ultra light reel spooled with 1 lb Lindy ice line. The most essential tool is a quality light action spring bobber to detect those light biters.
Ice Fishing for Keepers For many years, my father and I were plagued with catching only 5 to 6 inch bluegills while ice fishing in the shallow weed flats. My how things have changed, with Vexilars and other fish locators, 5-6 inch bluegills are a thing of the past. The ability to see underneath the […]
Post Football Pike As football season comes to a conclusion with the big game. It’s time to turn your attention to ice fishing. Being the father of a young son, the easiest kind of fishing for a 5 year old is tip up fishing. Living and fishing in Southeastern Wisconsin, the most consistent tip up […]
Destination: Delavan Lake Winter Perch Bonanza Delavan Lake is one of the finest ice fishing destinations in Southeastern, Wisconsin. The lake is an hour from Milwaukee and one and a half hours from Chicago. Delavan Lake is roughly 2200 acres with a maximum depth of 52 feet. The lake has many different fishing opportunities, whether […]
When it is snowing and the wind is howling, it’s time for some ice fishing! Once lakes freeze over, fish have to make due with colder temperatures. Though it sounds like a horrible fate, remember that the piscean world generally stays within a 40 degree temperature range year-round. Unless they freeze-out, lakes don’t drop below […]