Catching Spring Slabs: Best Crappie Corks, Floats, and Bobbers Reviewed

For many anglers, spring means the start of crappie season. And while there are many ways to catch them, the best technique for early crappie involves a cork, float, or bobber. Whatever you call them, they’re ideal for suspending a jig at just the right depth or dropping a kicking cricket into a stationary school. … Read moreCatching Spring Slabs: Best Crappie Corks, Floats, and Bobbers Reviewed

Want to Catch More Crappie? Best Fishing Line for Crappie Explained and Reviewed

Crappie anglers know that “papermouths” demand a light hookset. And to help, they often choose ultralight rods for their sensitivity and finesse, pairing this gear with carefully selected line. But not every angler opts for ultralight, and if you fish crappie with anything stouter, line choice becomes even more important. Which line is the best … Read moreWant to Catch More Crappie? Best Fishing Line for Crappie Explained and Reviewed

Best Fishing Line – Myths Busted! Monofilament vs. Fluorocarbon vs. Braid

The technology behind fishing line has come a long way in recent years, and anglers have more choices than ever before. But it can be hard to make an educated decision when there’s so much hype, so many diverse opinions, and so little hard evidence. What’s more, a poor choice in line, however awesome your … Read moreBest Fishing Line – Myths Busted! Monofilament vs. Fluorocarbon vs. Braid

Want to Catch More Crappie? Best Crappie Lures, Jigs, and Bait Reviewed

Whether you call them crappie, speckled bass, or sac-a-lait, angling for these aggressive panfish is about as much fun as you can have with a rod in your hands. In fact, from Michigan to Louisiana, crappie provide year-round fishing excitement, whether you take them through the lake ice or from the shaded banks of a … Read moreWant to Catch More Crappie? Best Crappie Lures, Jigs, and Bait Reviewed

The Low-Down on Tip-Ups: The Best Tip-Ups Reviewed

For most winter anglers, tip-ups are essential gear. Whether you want to cover a lot of water, try multiple baits and depths, or just increase the odds of landing fish while you jig in the comfort of an ice shanty, well-designed tip-ups are a reliable, effective fishing tool. From monster pike to plate-sized panfish, a … Read moreThe Low-Down on Tip-Ups: The Best Tip-Ups Reviewed

Stone Cold Fish Finders – Ice Fishing Flashers Reviewed

Flashers have been an ice fishing must-have for years, and more than a few winter anglers won’t even think about dropping a line unless there’s a transducer in the hole with it. If you’ve used one of these sonar systems, you know why–they work so well it’s almost like cheating! Three brands dominate the scene: … Read moreStone Cold Fish Finders – Ice Fishing Flashers Reviewed

Best Portable Ice Fishing Shelters: Cold Weather Protection at its Finest

Whether you’re jigging for crappie or ripping for pike, one thing’s certain: you’ll have more fun and less trouble if you fish from a shelter. When unprotected on the ice, not only are the temperatures more brutal on you and your gear, but the wind will wreak havoc on light, freezing line. And if you’ve … Read moreBest Portable Ice Fishing Shelters: Cold Weather Protection at its Finest

Best Ice Fishing Lures: Our Favorite Jigs and some Tips and Tricks!

Jigging is the ultimate ice fishing technique, and as we wait for the water to harden, it’s time to revisit this tried and true method. While apparently no more complicated than dropping a lure through a hole in the ice and giving it a bit of a twitch, the difference between fishing and catching this … Read moreBest Ice Fishing Lures: Our Favorite Jigs and some Tips and Tricks!

Ice Fishing Walleye: Tips and Tricks

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The walleye–Sander vitreus–is one of the most popular species ice anglers chase, but it’s also the least well-understood by fishermen and scientists alike. Exactly why and how walleye migrate is something of a mystery, though their attraction to spawning sites is obvious. But the key to catching these aggressive predators is to make the most … Read moreIce Fishing Walleye: Tips and Tricks