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Rattle Bait Walleyes


As a full time professional angler I am often told I think outside the box. Ironically this large amount of time that we spend fishing also makes us rely on things that we know work and often cuts down on experimentation if we let it. Rattle baits through the ice for walleyes and even pike, crappies and perch has been a very successful tactic for several years. Nearly every manufacture now has a bait that can be used for the hard water.

Last winter myself and several of the Ice Team and Clam National Pro Team huddled around a custom built tank that was designed specifically to test new lures. We looked like a bunch of kids in a candy store. We all wanted a rattle style lure because of their effectiveness at not only catching aggressive fish, but for their ability to draw fish in to your hole. Their effectiveness on large Canadian Shield lakes and lake Winnipeg in particular was known, but most felt that they would work on other bodies of water across the US. After about 20 versions were sorted through you now have what Clam calls the Psycho Shad. This lure, unlike most that were open water lipless cranks, was designed More...


Ice Fishing Plastics

For several years now manufacturers such as Berkley, Custom Jigs and Spins, Nothland, Lindy and Little Atom have been producing micro-sized plastic baits designed specifically for the ice fishing angler. This past season we saw new bait releases from Clam, VMC and Trigger X. These baits are not simply a fad, they are here to stay because they work great. Sure, there are times when natural bait is all the fish are keying in on. Many anglers still start the day off jigging a live minnow or waxie, but for times when the bite is off, the appeal of More...

Choosing the Proper Bait for Spring Trout Fishing

In many states, the opening day of Trout Season is one of the true signs of Spring. Every Spring millions of anglers from 3 to 93 participate across the country. Some anglers fish hard from the opening bell till dark, whereas others seem just happy being outside and watching the spectacle. In many areas of the country, trout fishing is brought by the stocking truck, where millions of browns, rainbows and brook trout are released into streams, lakes and rivers by the States and fishing clubs. Because these trout have lived nearly all of their lives in a hatchery, their diet is much different than their wild cousins. Stocked trout also seem to tolerate angler pressure much better and will feed in the same conditions that would send a wild trout scurrying for the nearest rock.

Just because the stocked trout are not that selective doesn’t mean that they are always easy to catch, particularly when they have been hooked and lost (or released) a time or two. By selecting the proper hardware, processed or natural bait, and presenting it in the proper manner, catching these trout will More...

Lure Selection for Hard Water Angling


As with all fishing, selecting the proper lure is crucial for success. With the wide variety of lures that are available to the modern ice angler, many are baffled by all of the choices. Some lures are particularly effective for a certain species of fish, while others perform well for a wide range of fish.

Below are some preferred lures by species.

Panfish

Throughout much of the ice fishing region, panfish such as perch, crappie and bluegill are very popular. Because More...