It’s on! There’s good ice just about everywhere you look and anglers are getting out and getting busy with early ice walleyes. Even so it’s too early to drive out and there isn’t safe ice everywhere, even if you’re walking.
As we head into the early ice period here in central Minnesota, we are faced with some uncertainty such as less than ideal ice conditions and unfortunately a lot of snow to boot. Lots of snow with iffy ice conditions require anglers to pay special attention to ice safety.
Good ice came earlier this season than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started. In the northern part of the state, anglers were even out before Thanksgiving on the shallower lakes and some of the walleye action has been red hot.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.
The truly dedicated are about all that’s left and that’s just fine with them. They’re perfectly content having a bunch of biting panfish all to themselves and aren’t concerned that somebody else might be missing out.
With the walleye season winding down it’s time for panfish to pick up the slack and big bluegills can definitely get it done. They really are fun to catch and second to none when it comes to fine dining. For the most part the finding is the most important piece of the puzzle to place with the catching much easier to accomplish.
Being a very gregarious person off the ice, I am a stickler on the ice for privacy. It’s really not a people thing but rather I have found getting away from the masses on the ice means better success for this angler. Ice anglers as a group tend to flock to community spots during the [...]
by Jeff Weaver Contributing columnist With the holidays now behind us and the ice on most lakes starting to actually be user friendly, now is the time to get out and try some of the new gear Santa left for you under the tree. Portable shelters, battery powered augers, a hand-held GPS and cameras which [...]