Be Aware Of The Negative Scent Factor In Ice Fishing

An all-around problem I see in fishing, especially ice fishing, is anglers ignoring the negative scent factor. Because of their slow metabolism in winter, fish become ultra picky and study every food source. In my experience, nothing turns off a potential biter more than the negative scent brought about by unnatural sources. Here are some things to avoid.

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Grub Tips For Winter Panfish

When the late ice season rolls around, the attention of many ice anglers turns to sunfish and crappies. Since so many of us use live bait, let’s discuss how to properly purchase and use Eurolarvae, waxworms, and silver wigglers.

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Finding Success With Midseason Conditioned Fish

A number of elements coalesce to create either good fishing or tough bite fishing. You probably recognize these elements: weather, time of year, forage, and fishing pressure. Fishing pressure can be a driving force during the midseason ice fishing period, and we’re mostly concerned about the noise factor and the conditioning of those fish.

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Thoughts On Lure Color

Looking back at many years of fishing seminars, one question never goes away: Do different-colored lures work? You bet they do. Fish can see color underwater, and I’ve seen some research
that suggests fish can differentiate color better than people!

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Walleye Jigging Spoons: Which Type When?

In a recent tip, I discussed how to identify the “mood of fish.” Now we need to focus on what specific presentation we employ depending on the mood or aggressiveness of the fish we’re targeting. Simply put, we want to match the mood.

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Glow Lures: A Can’t-Miss Proposition?

I hear a lot of questions about glow lures. “Should I use glow all the time?” “Should I sell all my non-glow tackle?” No doubt about it, glow is the all-American lure right now. Everyone is using them so they must be producing fish. As you probably can tell, I think some of these people are going a little haywire — and here’s why.

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Finesse Tactics For Winter Crappies, Bluegills

Big crappies and bluegills are finicky, and a challenge at all times of year. They’ll study a food source closely. For ice fishing, this demands that we use light line, small lures, baits, and use spring bobbers to detect light biters. Here’s how to get it done.

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Rigging Tips For Tip-ups

During my seminars, I’ll often talk about rigging tip-ups with a stronger line system than monofilament for walleyes and northern pike. Here’s how I do it.

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Top Tactics For Midwinter Crappies

Whatever species we are fishing, and whenever we are fishing for that species, we need to match the mood of the fish with an appropriately-sized bait. This is perhaps most true in midwinter when a fish’s metabolism has slowed in the colder water, and they will spend more time studying a food source. Here are some tips on what tactics to use for midwinter crappies.

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