Show Date: February 7th & 8th, 2015
Location: Waukesha County, Wisconsin
It’s always a pleasure to get the next generation of anglers on the water, or ice in this instance, to show them the outside world and wonderful sport of fishing. We work hard to show you whats happening in our sport each week we go out and see where the fish are biting. This week we get to show you the fish, and young anglers that love to land them.
Planting that seen into our children minds, as we see with the young Jake (his first time on the ice), and seeing their reactions for the first time - is a blast. With Joey, now a freshman in high school, we’ve witnessed the fruits of that seed. Joey first appeared on our show when he was just 4, he was always energetic, and never seemed to get cold (he was always taking his gloves off). Now his passion for the sport shines bright in him, and his friends that join us on the ice to chase the flags that are popping up seemingly every minute.
We are set up on a small lake for pike and bass, setting Beaver Dam’s along weeds and just off the bottom. Our guide Matt Bichanich tells us that action is the key to any kids outing, not the size of the catch. Our day on the ice with this great group is a perfect example, as we ice a bounty of fish.
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Show Date: February 21st & 22nd, 2015
Location: Lake Winnebago; Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Larry Smith [920-361-4996 | walleyeguide.com]
Show Date: February 28th & March 1st, 2015
Location: Devils Lake; Minnewaukan, ND
Guide: Dave Tice - McQuoid Outdoors [701-351-6058 | mcquoidguides.com]
This is the perch show to end all perch shows! We were excited to get back to Devils Lake, and hit the ice with McQuoid Outdoors to hunt down the massive perch that swim the waters of this ever expanding lake. We've got a great crew of friends that join us for this great fishing experience, that's mostly jigging, but we've set up a few tip-ups for pike too. We are all comfortably jigging inside warm shacks, which is certainly needed with the highs in the single digits, and the lows in the minus double-digits.
Show Date: March 7th & 8th, 2015
Location: Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota
Guide: Josh Teigen [715.813.0575 | joshteigen.com ]
Charter captain Josh Teigen was lucky last year when a section of Lake Superior north of Duluth Minnesota froze for the first time since 1996. He was able to get on the ice over very deep water, and didn't’ think he’d be back the next year. Well it happens that frigid temperatures in the region froze that section again for the second straight year. Getting onto ice that doesn't freeze all that often is a risky challenge, so make sure your with a charter captain when you venture out. Each day the ice conditions change due to the current and wind conditions, so just because you got out fine one day, that doesn’t mean that it will be the same the following day, so again, be careful and go with a guide.
We are set up around a mile off of shore, and are in depths that range from 95 - 125 feet. With fish being caught from that depth, it makes for a very long and enjoyable fight; especially when the fish gets near the hole. At times, you’ll coax up a fish all the way from the bottom, and it won’t hit until it’s only 20 feet below you. For that reason, it’s highly recommended that you have an ice locator like a Humminbird, so you know whats going on way down there.
We are using lures that make a commotion, like tubes or the Vibrato, any lure that will get the fishes attention. Once you’ve got their attention, its us to you to get a strike out of them.
Show Date: March 14th & 15th, 2015
Location: Newton Lake, Newton, Illinois
Guide: Matt Bichanich – Uncle Josh Pork Baits – unclejosh.com
Accommodations: The Outdoor Sportsmans Lodge [618-752-5075 | outdoorsportsmanslodge.com]
Do you have an itch to work an open water lure for bass when most of the lakes are frozen where you live? To scratch that itch, you should take a trip to Newton Lake, near Newton Illinois. We did just that for this weeks show with Matt Bichanich of Uncle Josh Pork Baits. We arrived just a day after the area got over 10 inches of snow, so all of the beautiful shorelines that this lake offers were coated in a fresh layer.
Matt is using a swim-bait with a pork trailer, and is pitching it into the fallen trees. These bass are hiding really close to the submerged branches, waiting to ambush baitfish that are in the area - usually shad. Newton Lake is well known for giant large mouth bass, and we do catch a few 5 pound class fish; but we do have to work for them because of the sunny weather during our visit. The best fishing is yet to come, and an overcast day will be the best.