There is no doubt this winter of 2013-2014 has been one for the record books. Never in my outdoor career have I ever struggled with weather through a winter season like this one.
I will admit my fascination with crappie fishing through the ice has begun to take precedence over walleyes the past year or so and I have learned many tricks from spending a ton of time on the ice. Here are some tips and tricks I have picked up from fishing many prime crappie lakes through the Midwest. In a nutshell, these tips will work anywhere in the country.
Many of us anglers have always figured the more we spend on outfitting our ice fishing equipment, the better anglers we will be. This is true to a point in terms of clothing, rods and reels, etc., but rarely true in regards to fishing electronics.
It looks like pretty decent ice conditions now that we are entering into the mid period of the ice season and the crappies are hitting on many central Minnesota lakes.
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.
Now that the firearms season is well under way here in central Minnesota, we bow hunters are now facing the biggest change during the entire bow season…..the gun season. This radical change in the environment of the whitetail deer forces them to change their everyday lifestyle, adapt to different travel areas and re-arrange their feeding schedules.
Every fall in Minnesota is seems the duck situation changes according to weather conditions, rain amounts and air temperatures. Heading into the early season here in central Minnesota, Mother Nature has thrown us some curves and the modern waterfowler needs to adapt accordingly. Here are some insights into our early season and some of my budding strategies.