Picking a Walleye Ice Rod

Picking a Walleye Ice Rod

It’s coming quick this year – ice season. Often early ice can be one of the best times of year, so let’s get ready! We use two types of rods when ice fishing for walleyes. One is for jigging and one...

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Figuring Out the World of Ice Augers.

Figuring Out the World of Ice Augers.

With the hard water finally arriving across Ontario, anglers everywhere are converging on its frozen surface to drill their way through to the fish below. Without the use of an auger, however, this...

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Choosing a ‘Stick’ For Ice Fishing.

With winter about to make it's appearance across Ontario, ice anglers are beginning to feel the excitement as open water lakes slowly begin their frosty transformation. Although it may be a month or...

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Slip Bobbers At Slush Time.

Slip Bobbers At Slush Time.

Inside the shack, waves of heat unfurled from our iron stove's belly full of hardwood. I looked like a half-peeled banana, sitting in my sweatshirt after shucking off the top half of my one-piece...

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Try Small Baits This Winter.

Try Small Baits This Winter.

"Try Small Baits This Winter" By....J.P. Bushey. One of the neatest things about fishing has to be fishing lures! There are so many on the market. When you have success, part of the fun is...

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Tracking Down Early Ice Walleye

Tracking Down Early Ice Walleye

If you’re anything like I am, you can’t wait to see the mercury drop and a layer of ice form on the lakes. I look forward to early ice walleye fishing as much as I look forward to the softwater...

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Three Kinds of Ice Fishing Jigs

Three Kinds of Ice Fishing Jigs

When it comes to buying ice jigs, anglers are faced with dozens of choices, including: colours, brand names, hook and jig sizes. One of the most basic features of an ice fishing jig is its style....

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Serve Up Spoons for First-Ice Pan Fish

Serve Up Spoons for First-Ice Pan Fish

First ice is an exciting time to fish. Panfish are often willing biters and relatively easy to locate during the initial weeks of freeze-up. Jigging spoons are a deadly bait for the start of the ice...

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Five Steps to Selecting the Right Bait

Five Steps to Selecting the Right Bait

Over the past ten years fishing has witnessed a revolution brought on by the merger of technological innovation, scientific research and knowledge passed on by generations of fishers. The result has...

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Hole Sitting In Hard Times

Hole Sitting In Hard Times

Do you panic when conditions limit your ability to spread out over the ice? Extreme cold, deep snow or slush, bad ice/open water all make picking up and moving hard. When you’re limited to fewer or...

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Winter Pike Ice Fishing Tips!

Winter Pike Ice Fishing Tips!

Ontario’s pike offer anglers opportunities to fish for a species that are big, fat and most often very aggressive. Big, clear lakes have pike, so do shallow, muddy water lakes. There isn’t a part of...

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Moving On

Moving On

To move, or not to move? That is a question anglers must answer every time they hit the water or the ice. Sometimes, it’s not the easiest question to answer either. And inevitably, you’ll end up...

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Quick Strike Lakers

Quick Strike Lakers

When it comes to wintertime lake trout fishing what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably something along the lines of jigging with a spoon or a tube jig. And for good reason too, that’s a...

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Improving Your Ice Fishing Odds

Improving Your Ice Fishing Odds

For those that don’t ice fish, it might be difficult to understand what drives an angler to forgo the comforts of his favorite chair in front of the fireplace on cold and blustery winter afternoon...

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Catch & Release Issues for Ice Fishing

Catch & Release Issues for Ice Fishing

Anyone that knows me understands that one of my true passions when it comes to the sport of Muskie Fishing is teaching the virtues of catch and release. While I have covered this topic up one side...

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Gearing Up Right for Mid-Winter Walleyes

Gearing Up Right for Mid-Winter Walleyes

No doubt that by the time you are reading this article, ice fishing season will be well underway throughout most of walleye country. Ice fishing is a great and popular winter sport, but it can be a...

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Best of Ontario Ice Fishing

Best of Ontario Ice Fishing

If this doesn't get you going for some great days on the ice - NOTHING WILL! This highlight reel video showcases some of the best multi-species ice fishing anywhere in the world. All of the footage...

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Early Ice Walleye Strategies

Early Ice Walleye Strategies

It seems that most people’s idea of fishing “early ice” conjures up the image of the lone angler, trudging onto a remote frozen lake or pond to huddle over a couple holes chiseled in the ice as he...

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