1. Safety - Never for one minute let them think that not wearing a life jacket is ok, even if that means every adult in the boat wears one to. 2. Let them help you drive. Let’s face it, most days I don’t want to leave either, but if they get to drive to the boat ramp it makes things a little easier. 3. Teach them about keeping bait alive. Worms and minnows are fun to play with but they both die exposed to the sun. This will teach them respect for the simplest things. Nice coo
Well, the 2016-17 ice fishing season has unfortunately come to an end for us in the Black Hills, nearly three weeks earlier than the past couple of years. Access to the last lake with good ice on it, Deerfield, was difficult when a friend and I went up there for one last trip late last week. We had to search along the shoreline with a spud bar to find ice that was thick enough for us to walk across to gain access to the better ice. Once we located a spot, the "better" ice was
Mother Nature is really messing around with us lately, with these wide range weather swings. Checked out a pond on Friday evening to verify that the waters were ice free for a fishing outing in a day or so, ice was gone and a plan was set. Wasn’t able to get to the water until Sunday morning, of course the previous night, got down into the low 20’s and guess what, the pond froze over again with a layer of ¼” ice. Had to play ice breaker barge with the boat for getting around
Northland Tackle, Fishing the Midwest and HSM Outdoors have teamed up together for bringing you a new Video series called "The Northland Fisherman". This episode: Bob Jensen and Mike Frisch head down to Clear Lake Iowa.
Don't you just love a great surprise fish when you're on a lake? It's always fun to be fishing for a particular fish, then receive a shock when something bigger comes along, especially when the gear you're using wasn't meant for it. I was up at Deerfield Reservoir recently and received quite the nice surprise while I was fishing for rainbows and brook trout. With the arrival of late ice, I decided to finally try out my new St. Croix 26" Avid Glass rod that I'd purchased earli
Here we go, spring has sprung and it won’t be long until we are in full swing of the change. Who likes changing of the seasons? This weekend the world famous Bois Brule River will see plenty of anglers trying their luck at migrating Steelhead. There are open water opportunities as well on Lake Superior, either by shore or by boat and we still have ice on the in-land lakes holding steady. Fun time of year, for one, can pick your poison on fishing opportunities. On Lake Superio
Over the weekend, I had the chance to head north with a few buddies. We were going to stay at a cabin on Namakan, portage in by snowmobiles and try to catch a few crappies. We got up early Saturday morning and headed out to the spot. The wind was strong and it was a little chilly, we graphed a few fish suspended high in the water column with the fishing being steady throughout the morning and early afternoon. We iced around 25 fish with 5 being in the 13-15" range! It was a f
Northland Tackle, Fishing the Midwest and HSM Outdoors have teamed up together for bringing you a new Video series called "The Northland Fisherman". This episode: Tom Batiuk, Rippin' Lake Winnipeg Green Backs.
As much as I hate to admit it, late ice is upon us in the Black Hills, thanks to the warmer weather, but I'm still hopeful for a few more weeks on the ice. As such, we had a friend visiting us for a Rush hockey game this past weekend and I asked her if she wanted to come out on the ice again since she'd come out for her first trip about a month ago. Shyra agreed to come, so the tough part was deciding between Stockade or Deerfield lakes since they currently have the best ice