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Ice fishing is next as lakes freeze up PDF Print E-mail
By George Langley

Fall is over. Winter is here. With the cold weather here for the duration (hopefully), we are now in full ice fishing mode in the North.

Wow, this is much different from last fall when we were “blessed” with 50-degree days at this time.

Many of the smaller lakes are completely iced in and with the cold weather are developing some really nice ice. The winds have kept the big lakes open, but several quiet nights will be enough to also freeze the larger lakes in the area.

As a result of all of this early cold, our focus is turning to those great early ice fishing season walleyes.

If you are going to try it, caution is advised during early ice fishing. The ice is only 2 to 4 inches thick at this point, so ice picks and life vests are smart options. This writer has a friend who ties a rope to a tree to pull himself in if he falls through. That is a little unbalanced and nutty, but it works and is safe in a way.

Early ice walleye can be really good. Set those tip-ups for them in areas where the walleyes come in during the evenings to feed. With the relatively thin ice, it is important to remember not to move around a lot and to stay on the inside of the tip-ups. The fish are warned of your presence early in the season with the thin ice. Use shiners or sucker minnows for bait under the tip-ups. Move the tip-ups to the shallows after dark.

Panfishing can be a little tough right away, as we have the same problem with the thin ice.

Here’s looking at a great ice fishing season!

Good luck and good fishin’.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:28 PM

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