Jan. 28, 2015 4:30 pm
And although I have done a lot since the last time I wrote, I'm going to try and get you up to speed. Obviously we are right smack dab in the middle of the ice fishing season, and it's been a fantastic year as far as ice conditions in many areas of the upper Midwest. I know the ice in Iowa is deteriorating quite quickly with so many days above normal, but as you work your way north things are in Read More
January 25, 2015 08:27 pm
January 22, 2015 03:50 pmI had the pleasure of doing some crappie fishing with my son and the one and only Brian "Bro" Brosdahl and we had an unbelievable day!
Watch it this week on We Love It Outdoors:
Preview: Crappie Bonanza
Dan and his son Mac join panfish expert and north woods guide Brian "Bro" Brosdahl for some fast and furious springtime pre-spawn slab crappie action in Nort...
January 20, 2015 04:13 pmI have a few suggestions for those of you coming to the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza this weekend! Watch this:
January 19, 2015 10:57 amGood Monday morning! Not so good if you are a Packer or Colt fan, but boy oh boy can the Minnesota Vikings and fans relate to your pain! So, let's change that subject and see what the rest of your week brings. Shot Show, Boat Show, Fishing, Hunting, whatch ya doing this week? How about the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday? Anyone going to that?
January 15, 2015 11:35 amHave you ever caught perch like this? You'll want to after you see this!
Tune in this weekend!
Preview: Devils Lake Jumbo Perch
Dan meets up with Pure Fishing's Cody Roswick and his good friend and fellow perch lover Scott Larson on North Dakota's famed Devils Lake. Tough weather did ...
January 14, 2015 09:22 amHave you tried these Frabill Pro-Thermal tip-ups yet? They are very easy to set up and they work!
January 2015 Walleyedan Video
January 13, 2015 07:20 amIs anyone out there Sturgeon spearing this winter on Winnebago?
January 12, 2015 10:13 am
Walleyedan: Good time for indoor shooting
A Minnesota winter without any snow - not a really good thing. But the way things are going in this wild world, the next two months could turn out to be the snowiest ever! In the meantime, maybe we should just "love it" indoors. That's what we have been doing over at the Mills Indoor Shooting Range....
January 10, 2015 09:03 pmTip-up!!
Had the pleasure of fishing with Ben and Jill Gibbs tonight! Birthday boy Ben did a nice job on the video, but the guide seems a little bossy!
January 9, 2015 08:46 amAre you heading to Hole-in-the-Day Bay, Gull Lake on January 24th? If so, I will see you there!!
The 25th annual @[121065264616919:274:Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza] is set to begin at noon on January 24th, 2015 at Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake (just north of Brainerd, MN). You can buy your tickets at any @[128193803908390:274:Mills Fleet Farm] and other area businesses where you see the pink banner. Here on some bits of information if you are planning on attending. 1.Make sure you are legal (have a MN fishing license and a ticket or two depending on home many holes you are going to fish). And make sure you check MN Fishing Regulations if you have any questions on what is legal or NOT! 2.Dress for success, layers are key! Leather chopper mittens with wool liners are the best way to keep your hands warm. Add hand warmers if you need to. Hands and feet are the first to get cold on most folks, so make sure you have good boots and some toe warmers. If you get cold, you will be miserable! 3.No shelters are allowed, but you can pull your goodies out with a sled! 4.If we do not get any more snow, you will want to buy some ice cleats for the bottom of your boots!! You slip, you fall, you get an owie!! 5.Bring a nice, sharp chisel as the holes are drilled the day before. 6.The area that we will be fishing is vast. You can pick your hole (any one that is open), and there is a varying depth range in this area (8-70 feet or thereabouts). 7.I will be there and will either jigging, watching my set-line or tip-up! 8.The fish that usually wins it is a walleye and typically you will find the walleye's on or very near the bottom. I would suggest 6-10 pound test line and either monofilament (I likeTrilene) or a braided line and there are many choices (Fireline is good, PowerPro is good and so is Suffix), once again 6-10 pound test. If you are using braid, I would suggest tying a barrel swivel to the main line and then use a 2 foot piece of monofilament or fluorocarbon. At the business end, I would use something heavy enough where you can feel contact with the bottom but not so heavy either. Jigging spoons, swimming lures or jig heads will all work well for the rod you are jigging with. I prefer a medium action St. Croix ice rod. As far as reels, you might just want to se one of your open water spinning reels. If jigging with a spoon, try tipping the treble hook with a fathead or rainbow chub head. Using just the head gives the fish less of a target and the hooking percentage will go up! Pound the bottom, bring it up 6 inches to a foot off the bottom, hold steady for ten seconds and repeat! If a fish hits you, hit him (or her) back and take your time bringing it up the hole. 9.PRAY! For safety, success and a beautiful day! Tip-up!!, Walleyedan p.s. For more info, go to www.icefishing.org