We started out fishing the “basin” area outside of Pine island. Although it was still fairly fresh ice (there was still some open water only 2 days before we arrived), the ice conditions out to about 30 foot were 5 to 10 inches so we were able to get out there with snowmobiles, ATVs and our portable Clam shelters. Many of the resorts had their first slew of permanent houses positioned from about 22 to 26 feet. We opted to get outside of them and fished 28 to 30-feet.
Early ice presents the opportunity to fish for fish that have not seen a jig in months.
This week I head up to Devils Lake and catch some jumbo perch on using a unique, rattling spoon.
This week on Fish Ed, I detail how and where to catch early ice bluegill and crappie
Fish Ed host Jon Thelen visits a lake near you each Monday to give you accurate, timely information on ice conditions, fishing reports, and shows you just how to catch walleyes, crappies, perch and other fish through the ice right now. If you’re going ice fishing this weekend, check Fish Ed before you drill the first hole.
Northern Minnesota fishing has been on fire in the past week for species ranging from walleyes and northern pike to crappies, perch and bluegills.
This week I'm shore fishing in the Milwaukee Harbor with my good buddy and fellow charter captain Joe Schmidt. After watching our video I think you’ll agree that this has to be one of only a few places in the world you can catch trophy browns from shore.