image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 28, 2017 Travel Scenario Too Good To Pass Up!

"I drove a few hundred feet away from the landing and to my surprise; the surface of the ice was as smooth as a paved road. The contrast between this and my last visit was amazing; it was like a whole new lake. Besides the excellent travel conditions, there was no wind, the temperature was 35 degrees and traffic on the lake was light. It was too much for me to handle, the lake was so inviting that ... Read >> Grand Rapids Ice Report February 28, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 28, 2017

"With ice as thick as 24-30 inches, roads are in good shape; they have smoothed out from the warmer weather and now freezing again. Some snow still remains on the lake. A very active bite ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 28, 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 28, 2017

"... Conditions were getting quite sketchy there for a while and the ice was getting softer, as well as thinner. However, with the recent turn around in temperatures, some are out and about, driving on the lakes just like before. One of my favorite lakes, ... Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 28, 2017

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image links to wired2fish Pending World Record Spotted Bass Weighed Twice on NEW Video February 28, 2017

"Nick Dulleck released the second of his series of videos of his potential world record breaking spotted bass. This video shows two weighings of the fish with his ... Learn More >> Spotted Bass Weighed Twice on NEW Video



image links to news release February 28, 2017 Outdoor Fund Position Opening Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Commission Assistant

All qualified job seekers are eligible to apply for this position. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) seeks applications for the position of commission assistant.
Duties: This position provides administrative support to the LSOHC. The LSOHC is a 12 member Council of legislators and citizens. Their responsibility is to make recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature for use of the Outdoor Heritage Fund. This is a non-partisan position serving both chambers of the legislature. Qualifications: Required qualifications are a minimum of ... Learn More >> Lessard-Sams Outdoor Commission Position

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2017 A Classified Day At The Secret Crappie Hole

Knowing only that we had been invited to fish at the coveted “family secret” Crappie hole, I purposely avoided asking too many questions. I was just happy to be invited at all, and frankly, I didn't care if the fish cooperated or not. Besides, it wouldn’t have mattered if I’d known more about the lake anyway, it’s surrounded by ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 27, 2017

"We continue to stay in the middle of Big Traverse Bay. The good bite continues with a mix of Sauger and Walleye, we are still seeing more of one on any given day and it changes the next. We have been hovering in the 32 foot of water range.
We are still seeing suspended fish so ... " Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 27

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Ice Worm Trick For Shy Winter Crappies

Lindy’s Ice Worm is a standout for putting wintertime panfish on ice. Its horizontal profile and larva-imitating segmented body have fooled countless sunfish, crappies and perch over the years — and still do today.
Top tippings include soft plastics and live bait such as waxworms, both of which are typically fished with ... " Read >> Lindy Ice Worm Trick For Shy Crappies

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2017 Travel Conditions Improve As Temperatures Drop

I wouldn’t have had to walk out on the ice yesterday, I could have taken the 4 wheeler, or the snowmobile and gotten to my destination faster. But after 4 days of warm, rainy weather, I felt like I should play it safe. Nice too, was that it aided me in getting a good ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 23, 2017

"Wow, what a change in events this week ice fishing wise.  Although there have been warm temps and rain, ice fishing is still in high swing.  Have a backup plan as far as travel goes like a ATV or walking as the shorelines in some areas ... Read >> Ottertail Area Fishing Report February 23

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 23, 2017

"As usual, the weather is holding all the cards when it comes to things like ice conditions, snow fall and whether or not this weekend will find the fish in a cooperative mood. Ice conditions are good out away from shore but some landings in the Northland have ... Read >> Marcell Area Ice Report February 23

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 22, 2017 Surfaces are drying, travel conditions on the ice are good and getting better.

As tempting as it’s been for some anglers to proclaim the 2017 ice fishing over, Northern Minnesota Panfish anglers know that it’s not over by a long shot; not yet. On Tuesday, much of the standing water disappeared from Itasca region lakes. What’s left behind now is about a half foot of ... Read >> Ice Report February 22, 2017

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 21, 2017 Access Ramp Closed To The Public

"On Bowstring Lake, traffic was heavy and there was a lot of fishing pressure. The good action that anglers enjoyed on Saturday, fizzled out by Sunday.
Despite having approximately 26 inches of ice at the moment, we have temporarily closed our access ramp to ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Ice Conditions February 21

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Cass Lake Jim Uran February 21, 2017

Fishing has been outstanding for perch and walleyes as of late. The perch are using a couple of predictable patterns; they bite out deep in the sticky bottom areas during the ... Read >> Cass Lake Ice Report February 21, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 21, 2017

"Sonar units continue to be an anglers best friend. Still some suspended fish out there. Working every fish hard is key. Some fish are players and some pretenders. A good tullibee and perch bite in some areas amongst walleyes / saugers. Doing the best are the anglers working a ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 21

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 21, 2017 Reader Question; Humminbird Helix 5 Ice Unit

Q) Zach Pumper wrote; "Thinking about the Helix 5, should i pull the trigger and why?
A) Actually, I've used the Helix 5 extensively for work projects and it performs very well. Like all of the Humminbird models I've owned, it has ... Read Answer >> Humminbird Helix

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 21, 2017

My Goodness! What about this weather? We lost a month somewhere, as this is exactly like late March, instead of February. We’ll take it, however, and although it looks to cut short our ice fishing season, we will always ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines Februaray 21

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort February 20, 2017

"The Boys simply call them ‘Nice Eaters’. Anglers are picking up some walleye in the shallows. Conditions are holding thanks to overnoght low tempertaures falling below freezing." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 20, 2017

"It seems the weather has become the hot topic, no pun intended. Crazy weather this winter, we are expected to be in the warmer temps for a couple more days then back to below freezing. We still have snow cover on the ice and over 2 feet of solid ice which should have no problem sustaining the current forecast.
The bite remains great in the middle of ... Read >> Border View Report

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Taco Baked Fish Coutesy Mike Nolan February 20, 2017

Mike Nolan wrote; "I love fried fish, but cutting down on oil and trying heart healthier recipes. Tonight I used catfish and Minnesota Perch, but you can substitute the fish of your choice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place fish fillets in single layer in baking dish, spoon taco sauce, your choice mild to hot over top of fish. Baking time for most fish is about 35 minutes. Add more time for thicker fillets, when the fillets are flaky, fish if ready to eat. Before serving sprinkle parmesan or shredded cheese on top.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 17, 2017 Minnesota's Warm Weather Dividing Line

Anglers all around Minnesota are wondering about ice conditions and whether they'll have access to lakes for the weekend. The answer is probably yes, but you'll have to drive up north to find the best opportunity. On Thursday, Mike Swanger Wrote;
Q) "Have you been out to Bowstring lately? We are thinking of going there tomorrow night and staying at my uncle's place. Will we be able to take pickups out of the landing? Are there any pressure ridges that would preclude us from making it halfway across the lake? Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
A) As of today, all Itasca Area Lakes continue to be free of ... Read >> Itasca Area Ice Conditions February 17, 2017

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 17, 2017

"Earlier this week, we heard some rumors suggesting that the DNR may require anglers to remove ice fishing shelters earlier than the scheduled removal date, March 20, 2017.
We asked our Cub Reporter to look into the situation and after investigation; we can report that there are no current plans to ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Ice Report February 17

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 17, 2017

"Fishing in the area has been just so so this past week. Reports of good fishing one day and nothing the next were all too common. Bright sunny skies with strong winds and cold temperatures made fishing difficult to say the least.
Things appear to be looking up as of today. I had a few reports of a decent ... Read >> Frontier Sports Report

Fish ED Video February 17, 2017 Agressive Jigging For Winter Bluegills

Many anglers like to finesse tiny jigs for winter time Bluegills. But as Fish ED’s Jon Thelen and fellow guide Jeff Sundin show us, high action jigging spoons are great options for attracting aggressive fish during peak feeding periods. View Video >> Agressive Jigging For Winter Bluegills

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 15, 2017 - Return To Flag Island Lake of the Woods Report

A quick trek back to the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods gave us another trip filled with good memories.
As usual, the folks at Flag Island Resort bent over backward to make sure that we were comfortable and by seeing that we had everything we needed for a successful fishing trip. Despite being half way through ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report February 15, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 16, 2017

"The last week or so the pike fishing has been quite good. We iced numerous fish in the 28-30 inch range using tip ups and large golden shiners on a chartreuse hook suspended ... Read >> Alexandria Area Report February 16, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A On February 15, James Hummelsund wrote; ISO good ice fishing lakes.

We agree, aren't we all! If you live in Minnesota, chances are very good that you're not very far from several good ones.
Here's a tip, start your search by using the ... Read >> In Search Of Good Ice Fishing Lakes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 16, 2017 Warm Weather Could Be Gloomy News For Anglers

Forecasts of daytime high temperatures reaching into the forties, fifties, maybe even the sixty degree range could be gloomy news for ice anglers.
I know, it's mid-winter and this is way too early to be talking about the end of the ice fishing season. But anglers in the southern half of Minnesota are already seeing reports about thin ice, vehicles breaking through and hazardous conditions. Last week, two vehicles broke through the ice on ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 16, 2017

Lindy Land Ice Fishing Article "Changes in Attitude"

If you’re marking fish on sonar but they refuse to take the bait, your presentation might need an attitude adjustment. Some ice fishing lures hang in a horizontal fashion. In other words, they rest parallel to the surface of the water. Such an attitude mimics many types of ..." Read >> Changes In Attitude

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 14, 2017

"Sonar units are big right now as a trend of suspended fish has started with walleyes 10-15 feet below the ice. A good bite in the main basin, combo walleyes / saugers. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are doing better than a jigging rod and a tip up. Key depth 29-33 ft. Best colors continue to be ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 14, 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 14, 2017

A family fun day was had last Sunday, on a small back-in-the-bush lake in Itasca county. Going for northern pike, with pickled fish on our minds, we gave it the old “one-two-punch”. My son, Kris, and his two youngest daughters, Lexi and Claire, would be spearing, while I would try to ice a few via angling.
Now, even the best laid plans can have a wrinkle or two. Kris has been using a portable “hub” shelter all season, for spearing, and has done well with it. If there was any problem at all with his approach, it was that fact that it lets in too much light, making it hard to see into the water at times.
To remedy this, he had brought along an enormous sheet of black plastic. The plan was to wrap it around the hub and that would have been fine but we faced strong winds right from the get-go and had one heck of time in doing so. We eventually finished our little project and it took all four of us. Looking back, I’m glad no one was watching, as it was quite a sight.
The hub allowed plenty of room for the ... Read >> Greg Clusiau Report February 14, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 13, 2017 - Winnibigoshish Perch Season In Full Swing

On Sunday, we snuck out for a few days to test the waters north of the border. So for me, the fishing reports from home territory are 2nd hand. But if you have to re-report somebody else’s news, you can't do any better than looking over the shoulder of Bill Powell from Fred's Bait.
Like me, he's been hearing good reports about Perch fishing on Winnie, so he and Billy Maki tested that lake yesterday. Bill wrote; "We took an afternoon run out on Winnie to check things out. Driving around off road systems seemed good with at least 2 feet of ice. There were quite a few out enjoying the day. 12 feet of water was the most productive for us."
If you want more information about Winnie, or most any lake in the Deer River area, Bill is a fabulous resource and more than easy to get in touch with. Click >> Fred's Bait, Deer River
Lake of the Woods is calm and warm this morning, so I'm optimistic that I'll have a good report for you in the morning. With luck, I'm about an hour away from reeling in a whopper and if I do, you'll be the first to know!

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image links to wired2fish Pike Freezes While Eating Largemouth Bass February 10, 2017

"We've seen photos of big bass with other large fish stuck in their throats, but never before have we seen a pike, frozen in the ice, with a big bass stuck in its mouth. While ice fishing on Indiana's Wawasee Lake, brothers Anton and Alex Babich ran across an extremely rare ..." Learn More >> Pike Freezes While Eating Largemouth Bass

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge February 10, 2017

"The fishing report from the Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie neighborhood has been good, especially for Perch anglers.  Friends reported good catches of quality size Perch in both Tamarack Bay and along the ... Read >> Eagle Nest Fishing Report February 10

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 10, 2017

"The snow we received earlier in the week amounted to over seven inches which has resulted in a much better surface on the ice of our area lakes, making travel a lot easier on the sleds and ATV’s, not to mention the riders backs.
Crappies have been biting very ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A February 9, 2017 "Where Are Marl Lakes In Minnesota?"

After reading my Face post about the article on Marl Transition patterns for Perch and Panfish, Carl Seckinger wrote; "Jeff, where in minnesota is there a marl lake?
A) Marl is easy to find in Minnesota. I've been on two lakes this week where this pattern is in effect and I’m sure that there are many more. In layman’s terms, it’s the sticky clay-like soil that we occasionally discover stuck to our ... >> Read Answer

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 9, 2017

"Fishing throughout the central Minnesota area has been consistent. Pike remain active in the 15-25 ft depths. The larger pike are chasing crappies and can be found near schools of suspended crappies. Suspend a decoy sized sucker minnow on a quick strike rig to up your odds of ... Read >> Alexandria Area Ice Fishing Report

image links to wired2fish Savvy Tip Up Ice Fishing Tricks for Pike February 9, 2017

"Kyle and crew share some outstanding rigging tips that'll help you put more pike topside, and it's tough to argue their points given the amount of fish that they ..." View Video >> Savvy Tips For Tip Up Pike

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 7, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve traveled across the northern border for some winter lake trout action but that all changed last week, when Justin Bailey and I made a day trip to Lake of the Wood’s Whitefish Bay. Reminiscent of my long-mileage day trips, years ago with Blake Liend, this one has to rank right up there, especially when we traveled out-of-the-way to meet Travis DeWitt on the ... Read >> Clusiau Report February 7, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 7, 2017

"Resorts are on the move to stay on fish. The bite has been good overall. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are being rewarded. Key depth is 29-31 ft and best colors continue to be ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 7, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 8, 2017 - Mid-Winter Transition Patterns for Insect Feeders

On Monday I promised to pick up the story about one pattern that hugely impacts Perch and Panfish locations during mid-winter. For anglers, locating developing insect larvae on marl transition areas will lead to consistent action.

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I’ve been hammering away at the keyboard and come up with a few words that I hope will help you in your search for Perch, Bluegills and ... Read >> Mid-Winter Transition Patterns For Perch

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Lake MilleLacs Night Shift Walleyes February 7, 2017

“It’s a great time to be on the ice,” Lindy pro and veteran guide Mike Christensen said of the night shift. “Walleyes are eager to capitalize on their visual advantage over prey fish like perch, bluegills and minnows.
“Plus there’s way less human-related ... Read Article >> Mille Lacs Lake Night Shift Walleyes

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 7, 2017

"Go South Young Man! That is the advice for the week. It seams the fish that were caught in the Fall, down there, are STILL down there. Not much happening up North. The Perch have really started to bite, but are feeding on the bloodworm hatch. Might be smart to use some spikes to catch them.
The lake conditions are improving. The last snowfall filled in all the ruts from the big thaw two weeks ago. As we are writing this, it has begun to snow again causing the barometer to drop. Fishing was a bit slow until yesterday.
We have a fresh stock of PIZZAS and a few cabins left for the eager fisher person. Tight lines everyone and be safe on the ice!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 6, 2017 Always on the move!

"As we get into February and March it is difficult to stay too long in one spot. The schools of fish are not as congregated towards the South Shore as they were earlier in the season. Currently we have different spotter houses spread out and will be most likely making a major move real soon. We are still working our way out to deeper water in the middle of Big Traverse and are currently 12 plus miles north of ... Read >> Border View Lodge Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 6, 2017 - Transitional Patterns for Insect Feeders

Until this week, Crappies and Crappie fishing has been the mainstay of most anglers up north. But as the days grow longer, seasonal transitions are beginning, the momentum is shifting.
During mid-winter, insects, crawfish and Blood Worm hatches begin attracting both Bluegill and Perch into predictable feeding areas. In most lakes, the transition doesn’t go directly from hard bottom straight into soupy, soft muddy territory. Between the two, there are areas of semi-soft bottom content called marl. These precious stretches of real estate provide fish with both food and comfort and give anglers a focal point to ... Read >>  Ice Fishing Report February 6

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 3, 2017 Ice Fishing Report Weekend Outlook

"On Thursday, I did drive out onto a couple of lakes just to check conditions and they looked good. The northwest wind has drifted snow into piles along the south and eastern shorelines of area lakes, but they weren't deep enough to stop vehicles from accessing the ice. In fact, I was driving off the lake and encountered a man coming on to the ice with a 2 wheel drive car. He didn't have any trouble following the ..." >> Ice Fishing Report February 3, 2017

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort February 2, 2017

"Anglers are taking great mixed bags at this time on Ball Club Lake, Northern, Walleye, Crappie, Perch, Whitefish and Cisco. All of these species are available in a day’s fishing.
Here is a nice mixed bag of fresh, spunky Perch along with a few Tullibee which is also referred to as a Northern Cisco. Both Cisco & Whitefish are members of the Trout/Salmon family and can be caught this time of year in the deeper parts of Ball Club Lake.
We have 20 inches of good ice on the lake, but some areas of the shoreline are wet and may require a sled or ATV to get on the ice cap." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image links to wired2fish Swimbait Jighead Review February 2, 2017

Jason Sealock shares one of his favorite swimbait jigheads for versatility and strong hookups. "I’ve found different heads work better on different styles of swimbaits. But probably the one I use more than any other just because of it’s ... Learn More >> Swimbait Jighead Review

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 2, 2017

"Travel on the area lakes last weekend was rough to say the least. The melted snow froze hard which made for an extremely uneven surface on the ice. With a lot of bouncing and scraping you could get out to your spot and you were likely to see very few anglers out on the ice.
Monday’s storm changed all that. Reports of seven inches or more of snow that fell in the area made travelling on the lake ice much easier.
Reports have been coming in this week of a fairly good ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report February 2, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 1, 2017

"The anglers working their one two punch of a jigging line and a dead stick are being rewarded. Good reports continue. Most catching in 29-31 ft with glow red, pink and gold with a rattle on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Dead stick plain hook (try glow or colored) and ... Read >> Lake of the Woods February 1, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 1, 2017

"Crappie action remains strong throughout the area. We are finding them in the deep holes now 45-60 ft suspended anywhere from 20-30 ft down. Keep a close eye on your electronics to quickly learn the best presentation depth. Glow jigs tipped with a ... Read >> Alexandria Area Report February 1, 2017

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NEWS RELEASE: Wisconsin Angler Fined $25,000 For Hoarding Panfish

"When the wardens approached Paalksnis to confront him for his overfishing and give him a slap on the wrist, they found an ocean’s 11 level heist of panfish stored in his freezer. Stanley Paalksnis had 2,066 bluegill, 418 perch, and 88 ... Read Story >> Wisconsin Angler Hoarding Panfish Fined

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2017 Ice Fishing Report "With Added Whiteness"

"The timing for the "January Thaw" couldn't have been better. First the surfaces of most lakes were reduced to standing water. Then the cold front froze them solid, eliminating slush and making travel by truck easy. Now we have a blanket of fresh white snow that's making fishing fun again by allowing us to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 30, 2017 Go Anywhere, Ice Conditions Fantastic

"I had just entered our large, hub style fishing shelter to let the crew know that I was going to leave them for a while. My plan was to drive further out and drill into some fresh territory; I’d come back and get them whenever I found an exciting area. That was as far as I got, before I even un-zipped the door to leave, one of the girls ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 30, 2017

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Gliding For Midwinter Panfish

Panfish jigs come in all shapes and sizes, and most anglers know that carrying a variety of options helps them enjoy consistent success, no matter the conditions or mood of the fish. One of the most overlooked but decidedly deadly designs is the ... Learn More >> Gliding For Midwinter Panfish

image links to bluegill fishing video Some species of gamefish are picky eaters that prefer one type of forage over all others. But not Bluegills, these tasty Panfish adapt their diet to whatever’s on the menu; from tiny zooplankton and insect larvae to minnows and small fish. Let’s join Fish ED host Jon Thelen to find out what the Bluegills he’s catching are eating today. View Video >> What Bluegills Eat

News Release: Sportfishing Industry Angered by Last-Minute U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Director’s Order - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy on lead fishing tackle blindsides recreational fishing community

"January 23, 2017 – Alexandria, VA – On the day before President Obama left office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle on the hundreds of thousands of square miles of public lands under its management.
Director’s Order No. 219 will, “require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all ... " Learn More >> US Fish and Wildlife Edict

Lindy Land, Panfish Progressions January 20, 2017

"There’s nothing wrong with pursuing a single species of panfish. But some of the fondest ice fishing memories are often forged on fisheries that offer a variety of fish including bluegills, yellow perch and crappies.
To catch the most fish possible on these multi-species honeyholes, savvy icemen like longtime Northwoods guide and popular Lindy pro Jeff Sundin hit the ice armed with ... " Learn More >> Winter Panfish Progressions

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Fish ED New Video January 13, 2017 "Big Water Bluegill Secrets"

Many Panfish anglers dream of finding a secret back woods lake loaded with big bluegills. But Fish ED host Jon Thelen says the Midwest’s most overlooked opportunities actually exist in much larger bodies of water.
Let's join John and fellow guide Jeff Sundin as they reveal how you too can reach this big water bounty. View Video >> Big Water Bluegill Secrects


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Fish ED Finding The Perfect Early Winter Perch Spot January 6, 2017

"One trick to finding perch fast is focusing on areas that offer an abundance of food. In many lakes the best spots are transition lines were hard and soft bottoms meet. Let's join Jon Thelen as he explains how these underwater intersections serve up all you can eat buffets, attracting schools of hungry perch that make for fast winter fishing." View Video >> The Perfect Early Winter Perch Spot

 

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image links to wired2fish How to Ice Fish Bass With Crankbaits December 29

Here’s a cool look at how to catch bass through the ice using the versatile lipless crankbait. Underwater video supports our point! As is the case when ice fishing crappie and walleye, bass are attracted to the profile, sound and vibration emitted by lipless ... View Video >> Ice Fish Bass With Crankbaits

Fish ED New Video Versatile Lure For Cold Front Walleyes

Because Walleye go through mood swings on a seasonal, daily and even hourly basis, finding a presentation that matches their current disposition is critical to catching fish. Today Jon Thelen talks about how versatile Walleye lures like the new Lindy Wally Talker can help you trigger strikes what other lures can't. View Video >> Versatile Lure For Cold Front Walleyes

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Fish ED New Episode December 15, 2016 "Pre-Cold Front Panfish Pattern"

A lot of anglers don't think about cold fronts during the ice fishing season, but they should. This week on Fish Ed host Jon Thelen shows you how to adjust your strategy so you can take advantage of incoming cold fronts and catch more Crappies on your home water. View Video >> Pre-Cold Front Panfish Pattern

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Lindy Land Feature Article "How To Catch Tough-Bite Perch"

When portly yellow perch are on the bite, flashy ice fishing favorites such as Lindy’s legendary Frostee Spoon and Rattl’n Flyer Spoon are hard to beat for attracting and triggering hungry jumbos. There’s little reason to retie while the Perch ... Read >> How To Catch Tough-Bite Perch

image links to fishing question from reader Q&A December 9, 2016 Humminbird Helix Ice 7 - Steve Sykes wrote;

"I have been looking for a new sonar for ice fishing that has GPS. I noticed you included the Hummingbird Ice Helix 7 on your fishing report on Thursday. If the GPS works just like the Hummingbird I have in my boat I know it will be good. One thing I had heard about the Helix 5 is it has a hard time picking fish up right on the bottom when compared to the traditional flashers. Would you be able to comment on this?
A) Steve, it’s ironic that you’re asking today about the Helix Ice 7 because as it happens, I just ordered one for ... Read >> Question Humminbird Helix Ice 7

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Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake December 9, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel ... Read >> Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 13, 2016 - Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of ... a fishing trip?

Fishing might not have been the first thing that came to mind when Thomas Jefferson began writing the declaration of independence. But it was the first thought that came to my mind as I read this question from Deron DoRight.
Q) Jeff, I always enjoy reading your fishrapper reports.  I am a full time, year round guide in MN, just like you.  I have only been doing it full time for 6 years.  I am a licensed Coast Guard Captain. I need to be by law to guide on ... Read >> "Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Fishing"

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Wired2Fish October 7, 2016 "Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu"

"Eat me! That’s one way to stop the spread. Participants of the Aquatic Invaders Summit II this week in St. Cloud, Minnesota may well now be hooked on carp. Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of ... Read >> Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu

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image of Lindy logo Lindy Live Bait Jig Features and Benifits Video

Look Familiar? The Lindy Live Bait Jig may have a new name, but it's been around a long time. The jig popularized by carreer fishing guide, Jeff Sundin has been used to catch fish all over the midwest and thanks to Lindy for giving them a new home, these awesome jigs will be available everywhere this spring. Jon Thelen shares his insights about what makes these live bait jigs so deadly. View Video >> Lindy Live Bait Jig Features and Benifits

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How does that song go? "... You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what ... the lake will give you." That's how the song would have gone had my departed friend, Wayne Schumacher been the Rolling Stones lyricist.
Like me, Wayne was among the fraternity that believes any fish is a good fish and that it’s the lake, not the angler who decides when we ... Read >> Fishing Report October 3, 2016

 

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Fish ED Video New Episode September 9, 2016 "Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye"

"For nearly half a century, Lindy Rigs have been a staple of serious Walleye anglers. Thanks largely to their unparalleled ability to present live bait in a natural manner. Fish ED host Jon Thelen shares time tested tricks for using these versatile live bait delivery systems to catch summertime Walleye on lakes across the Midwest." view vido >> Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye

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The Wired2Fish crew had the opportunity to extensively test the Lund 2017 Renegade this summer. We had been hearing a lot of talk about this long-awaited series of Mod-V fishing boats, so we spent a solid week going over every single detail. Our ultimate goal was to leave no stone unturned throughout our evaluation. We fished from it, caught bass from it and drove it and it wasn’t just a ... View Video >> Lund Introduces 2017 Renegade Series

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; September 8, 2016

"The late summer early fall action is really going good. Walleyes are schooling heavily on Steep breaks near deep water anywhere from 20 to 40 feet deep.  A night crawler or a minnow has been working well within 2 feet of the bottom. Crappies are also schooling heavily on deeper mud flats in the 20 to 30 foot range suspended anywhere from the bottom up to about 3 feet off. 1/8 ounce jig heads tipped with a small fat head minnow or a 2inch white Gulp twister tail will do the trick. The mid/day fishing action has been just as good as the morning or evening which is nice. Water temps are cooling a little bit and are hovering around 70° which is normal. Weed beds are still green and holding plenty of fish. Now is also the time to think about fall Muskie fishing as well." Capt Josh, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919

Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think! Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >> Fishing Reports Minnesota

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image denotes link to fish rapper article At Leech Lake, Anderson's Spirit of the North Resort (March 10); “All access are still open on Leech Lake , I recommend using 4 wheeler or sleds , There is a lot of good ice out there but old holes and spear holes that where open are getting bigger by the day so its important to watch where you go!" -Anderson's Spirit of the North Resort 1-800-516-0077
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From the 2015/16 Fish Ed Television Season; "Episode 213 Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye" February 24, 2016

"Fish Ed TV brings you along on a mission with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin to catch shallow water, weed patch Panfish.
Next the action continues as the cameras catch up with Jon chasing storm front Walleyes on legendary Lake of the Woods." View >> Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (February 24, 2016); "Not much change. Crappies still biting very well. Also are perch. Green and gold seem to be the favorite colors on the perch and crappies. Few walleyes have been caught also. Perch seen the best on top of the many humps. Crappies are in the 24 to 30 feet. The lake got a little rutted up with last weekends warm weather. But still 4x4 pickup travel all over the lake. I know the north and the south access are still working O.K" - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes; Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

"Slab size Crappies and Jumbo yellow Perch are prize catches across the US, but they can also be challenging to find. That is unless you have inside information about how and where to find them.  This week Jon goes for both of these prize species and shares tested hard water tips and tactics that will help you put more fish on the ice this winter." Watch Video >> Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

 

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Q) Brandon Watson wrote; "Hey Jeff; How is it determined what lakes are stocked with fry and what lakes with fingerlings. Also, what is the benefit to each? Thanks!"
A) Brandon, survivability is the primary benefit of stocking Walleye fingerlings. Panfish, especially Sunfish can be devastating to a freshly stocked batch of Walleye fry. It is the larger size of the fingerlings that protects them from being destroyed by small predator fish.
Fingerlings are also used for supplemental, early fall stocking of some lakes where natural populations of Walleye need a boost.  There are other instances where using fingerlings would be desirable too and one could ask; "Why not just forget about fry stocking and use fingerlings for all of our stocking needs?" The problem is that Mother Nature complicates things and growing Walleye fry to fingerling size is ... Read >> Walleye Management; Stocking the Stockable

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes;

"Host Jon Thelen shares some of his proven tips and tactics for icing Bluegills outside of the weedline. But first, Jon is joined by Jeff Sundin who and the duo shares ice-fishing techniques that will help you put more Perch on the ice. The " Watch Video >> Fish ED TV Episode 207 Bluegill Fishing and Perch Talking

 

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That phrase is one that I hear a lot, that's because it applies to me. I always do my best work under pressure and folks who know me, love pointing it out too. That’s because they've watched the self-appointed "Magi Of Multi-Tasking" in action. Juggling flopping fish, re-baiting hooks, steering the boat and watching the Humminbird all at the same time; oh and firing up a stogie while I'm at it too!
Take the pressure off though and I can turn sort of worthless, slipping into a laissez a faire attitude about fishing, caring little about whether I catch anything or not.
Fish work better under pressure too and one event that makes anglers shiver is a falling barometer. Something about that tends to slip fish out of feeding mode and sends them into the depths for nappy time.
That's my best guess about what happened on ... Read Report >>> Working Better Under Pressure?

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Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

Panfish including crappies, sunfish and yellow perch may eat a variety of foods, but they often dine on tiny aquatic animals collectively called zooplankton.
Understanding a bit about these micro meals can help you put more panfish on ice.
Microscopic zooplankton are building blocks of the underwater food chain. They feed on single-cell plants known as ... Read Article >> Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

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You would think that by now, I'd have this fishing thing fairly well dialed in, but I don't. I still learn something new every time I go out, like this little trick I just picked up while I was fishing for Bluegills.
It started while I was fishing near the weedline in about 12 feet of water, over a slight depression where Panfish gather in the winter.
I knew that there were fish there because I could see 'em, not just on my depth finder but with my eyes too. The clear water made it easy for me to see the fish and that boosted my confidence about the location. The problem was that it was easy for the fish to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Bluegills, "No Waiting On Line #2".

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - By Nathaniel Myson with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin

"If you’re an ice-fisherman, you’ve almost certainly debated this question: Sit tight and wait for the fish to come to you or pick up and start drilling holes to go to the fish? Staying put may result in a day spent just out of the fish’s range. Go mobile and you might leave just before the fish arrive.
If this indecision is bugging you, here are a couple guys who know a thing about staying or going, and their advice can help you make better fishing decisions on the ice. Each approach offers advantages and disadvantages, and each situation is ..." Read >> Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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Pounding For Panfish

Panfish fans have no shortage of lures and jig strokes at their disposal for putting sunfish on ice. While trendy strategies come and go, one of the oldest and most productive combinations relies on a pair of Lindy jigs and a time-tested technique that’s especially deadly when midday ’gills play hard to catch.
The tactic is called “pounding,” and its origins trace to the early days of the Ice Fishing Revolution. Pounding involves imparting a kicking motion to your ... Learn More >> Pounding For Panfish

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Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing - David A. Brown (10/27)

Zona’s solution was the technique known as “cracking.” Also called “snapping,” these terms aptly describe the action of sharply jerking a heavy lead-head tube and allowing the bait to drop back and “crack” into the rocks or any other solid structure you’re fishing.
Intrusive, aggressive, distinctly boisterous; cracking gets the fish’s attention and stimulates big-time bites.
“The whole system of cracking a tube is rate of fall and rate of snap,” Zona explained. Accomplishing the right action requires a few key ..." Read >> Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing

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Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

... "This probably means that for most fishermen, "The Turnover", I mean the absolute scientific event is probably not really what influences fish locations and feeding patterns during the cold water period.
Most of us rarely, if ever see surface temperatures colder than 40 degrees and for me, 50 degree water is enough to produce changes in both location and feeding patterns. In other words, it's the fish that force me into finding alternative locations and feeding patterns well before the scientific version of turnover actually occurs.
Although there are times when a lake make may actually have completely turned over during our fishing season, it seems more likely to me that ... Read >> Fishing Fall Walleye At Turnover

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4 Tips to Find Your Best Ice Fishing Spots in the Fall - Tim Allard

"Scouting water from a boat in the fall is a good way to learn the best places to catch crappie and walleye at the start of the ice fishing season. Late fall locations for these species are often the same as, or near, where fish will be at first ice. Saving GPS waypoints marking healthy vegetation or fish in the fall eliminates a lot of guesswork of where to go when ice arrives. Fall scouting works for a range of sport fish, but in this story our focus is walleye and crappie tactics. Here are 4 tips on where to look and how to ... " Read >> Scout For Ice Fishing Spots

image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Steve Sykes Wrote; I was wondering what kind of batteries you use for your trolling motors? I just finished the 3rd season on mine and I think they are starting to lose it, toward the end of the season I noticed they weren’t holding their charge very well. Fishing as much as you do how long to you expect yours to last? Also during the winter months do you leave your batteries in your boat to take them out and store them where it’s warmer? Read Answer >> Trolling Motor Batteries
image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Bill Dietz Wrote; "I had a crappie question for you. From June up until early October, I've been doing well with the crappies with a 1/16 oz Little Nipper and 1 inch Gulp minnow, but that bite has shut down in the last week. Do crappies switch from Gulp back to live minnows once the water gets cooler? I'm thinking I need to switch to live bait and slip bobbers and slow it down. This worked well in the spring. Any thoughts you have would be great! Read Answer >> Gulp Minnow Compared To Live Bait

Bank Fishing Tips for Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall

Bank fishing at night is a fun and inexpensive way to catch a lot of big walleyes in the fall. You don’t need much tackle to do it, and it’s an easy way to take walleye from both lakes and rivers. All you really need to do is find a shoreline with structure or cover that walleyes like, cast out a minnow bait and slowly reel it in until a walleye bites. If that doesn’t work, move down the shore until you ..." Read Article >> Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall
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DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment

"The Department of Natural Resources is initiating pilot projects aimed at treating recently discovered, small infestations of zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes. The first pilot project is the treatment of Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. The Ruth Lake infestation was confirmed in July, after a young snorkeler found a single zebra mussel under a rock. Subsequent surveys of the lake revealed ... " Learn More >> Zebra Mussel Project

Learn How To Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

The wacky rig is one of the most effective bass catching presentations. It can be rigged weightless, weighted, fished on a drop shot and even a jig head, but single hook rigging remains the most popular. A lot of anglers slide an o-ring onto the center of a stick worm to reduce tearing the plastic or having fish throw the entire worm. This is important, but a single o-ring has the tendency to push the hook flat against the worm, reducing hook ups. Adding two o-rings and crossing them, with the hook slid underneath both, has the effect of keeping the hook in an upright position where it's more likely to hook the fish.
Most anglers use a single o-ring when wacky rigging to reduce loosing and tearing the plastic, but adding second o-ring provides a different advantage - hooking more bass! Watch this video and see how. >> Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

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Bank Fishing for River or Stream Smallmouths - Tim Allard

Bank fishing a river is a great way to catch a lot of smallmouth bass and have heaps of fun. Current breaks, rapids, boulders, river bends, grass lines and timber are all smallmouth hangouts on rivers. Reading water to locate these spot’s isn’t enough. A bank angler must know how to present jigs, soft baits, topwaters and spinnerbaits naturally in current to fool ... learn more >> 8 Tips For Catching Stream and River Smallmouth

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How to Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill - Wired2Fish; Video

"Chances are your favorite bass spots are also loaded with panfish. This short video shows how to quickly modify a standard bass drop shot rig to catch crappie and bluegill.
A drop shot can be deadly when panfish are just off bottom. The same finesse drop shot setup used for bass fishing is often highly effective for Crappie and Sunfish." View Video >> Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill

5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know; "Jacob Powroznik was sitting in the pre-dawn darkness of day two at the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair pulling spinning rods from his rod locker when Justin Lucas, docked next to Powroznik, said, “Jacob, help me hook up this drop shot.”
Most might find it odd that Lucas, one of the world’s best bass anglers who sits back-to-back with Powroznik near the very top of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, would ask a fellow pro to help ..." read article >> 5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know

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