It’s called Devil’s Lake, but it is heaven for anglers looking for late-season hard-water action. About 90 percent of the fish caught through the ice in this North Dakota lake are perch that average 9 inches in length and weigh 1 pound! And the potential for a trophy walleye adds excitement to the mix.
There’s a myth that trolling for walleyes only works in warm weather. Experience reveals fish will chase lures trolled rapidly even in near-freezing water. The key is to keep crankbaits running just off the bottom, which means boat speed is important. Here is how to make that happen, and more tips.
During seminars and appearances, we field many questions on the “right” boat and what features are needed. Walleye anglers truly depend upon their boats to help them present their bait precisely. Success can depend on the ease of handling and responsiveness. Here are the features in our ideal walleye boat.
Got a bad case of cabin fever and ice fishing is not your cup of tea? Don’t despair. Diehard open-water anglers can have great fishing this very minute even in the coldest reaches of the far north. There is no need to count the days until spring. Try hot-water discharges at power plants and factories instead. There probably is more than one close to your home.
Days are short in winter, but, that doesn’t mean you have to huddle indoors catching a bad case of cabin fever. Try ice fishing under the stars. Night ice fishing methods must be modified from daylight tactics to ensure success. Here’s how to accomplish it.
There are walleye fishermen who live along big rivers like the Mississippi who never store their boats in winter. They know the coldest months of December, January and February offer the hottest chance for the trophy of a lifetime.
When we think about ice fishing, the image of sluggish, finicky fish in crystal-clear water comes to mind. That’s not always true. There are many times when fish are faced with dirty, dingy water or low-light conditions below the hard surface of a frozen lake just like they are during open-water season. Their challenge is to find food no matter what. Our challenge becomes finding ways to make them bite.