"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 22

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 Batuik, Black Hills Bluegills.

Ten Toddler Fishing Tips

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 cool bedding for worms and fresh water for the minnows. 4. Always have a rod you don’t mind loosing or breaking, yes it needs bait and a working reel. Sooner or later it will sink to the bottom of your favorite fishing spot

End of the 2016-17 Ice Season

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 showing signs of deterioration, as it was very chunky as I drilled holes with the Conversion Kit, testing it as I walked across it. The coming warm weather would definitely end the season so we both agreed this was it.

Open Water, Maybe?????

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 the pond. This also created very limited places to fish, as you had to drop the line into the water behind the boat in the limited trailing open water. Ended up being somewhat of an open water ice fishing version as you

"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 21

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.

New Rod and a Surprise Encounter

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 earlier in the season and try it out on rainbows on the west side of the lake. Since I didn't have an extra reel, I took off my Eagle Claw inline reel from another rod and attached it with some Cold Snap Reel Wraps. Rigging i

Twin Port Area Report March 23

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 Superior, anglers are also taking to the open waters of the North Shore and trolling up salmon and the occasional lake trout as well. Most fish are being taken on long lining shallow running baits like shad raps. Trolling depth

March Crappie-ness

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 fun day to be on the ice with good friends. March is an awesome time to get out and enjoy the weather and the great fishing it has to offer.

"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 20

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.

Late Ice on Stockade

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. As staying warm would be more important for her, I decided it was better to head to Stockade where it would be 10-15 degrees warmer than at higher Deerfield. So we set out to find some bluegills and perch there. We hit

Twin Ports March 16

*Note - Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops or guides before going out on the ice. Also, it is a good idea to have appropriate equipment. We bring the following items including, but not limited to: PFD's, Nebulus Floatation Device, Rope, Spud Bar, Communication Equipment, etc.. **Check local DNR regulations to stay in compliance with state laws. Welcome to the official end of winter as we are entering spring, we are still finding fishable ice in the twin ports areas. However, daytime temps forecasted are calling for consistent above freezing temperatures. This is the time of year when ice conditions will start to deteriorate rapidly. Cars and trucks are

Winnipeg Eyes

Big windy lived up to her name this past week. High winds with a few inches of snow made for blinding conditions. Now add in negative temperatures and wind-chill which makes for unsafe conditions. We let Mother Nature do her thing and decided to sit the day out and get ready for the morning. We headed out on ATV's rigged with GPS. Looking for deeper water, we settled in near a ridge and some broken up ice and 21 feet was the depth we set up in. Still very windy outside and blistering temps made being mobile very difficult. It was only few minutes before we started catching some fish while making lots of noise using rattle baits was key. Once you marked a fish, they would chase it all over bu

"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 19

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 Badiuk, Panfish Gear for Rainbow Trout.

High Pressure, Frustrated Fishing

As fishermen, most of us know how barometric pressure can affect the fish we target. This is especially true when on the ice, as the added weight of the ice layers pushing down against the water will cause the air bladders of fish to expand more, thus leaving less room for their stomachs and putting the fish into a very negative state of feeding. March is usually a time when feeding of the fish starts to pick up as late ice is beginning to arrive, but that has not been the case in the Black Hills so far. The air pressure has been very high and remained there and it has affected fish numbers as a result. I've been trying to hunt down big bluegills along with largemouth and smallmouth bass rec

"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 18

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, Selecting Panfish Jigs.

"The Northland Fisherman" Episode 17

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: Lake Sakakawea Bottom Bouncing.

Deer Scouting

Deer hunting is over; now what? If you're like many hunters, you're dreaming of that big buck that you will (hopefully) get an opportunity at the upcoming season. Something I like to do in the later winter months is scout. I usually wait until late February or early March, depending on the snow accumulations we've gotten that year and when I can easily get out and hike. This time of year allows you to hike into places that you may not have been before. Maybe due to too much snow or heavy cover, or you just didn't want to spook deer out of the area. Because most leaves and grasses have died off, scrapes and rubs are easier to spot. Plus, just a small amount of snow can reveal beds and travel

Family Excursion and a Memorable Meeting

I had arranged to meet up with the family of a co-worker of mine out on Stockade Lake this past weekend to get them on some bluegills and perch. After getting a tip from some friends about the possibility of catching some smallmouth bass at one spot, I had them meet myself and another friend there early in the morning. As I started drilling some holes with my Clam Conversion Kit, they arrived at the parking lot on the other side of where we were and brought their gear over to the spot. Having forgotten to bring my Bigfoot XL2000 hub, I'd hoped that the nice weather would hold out, but as usual in South Dakota, it's very rare to get a nice day and no wind. The wind started picking up a bit af

Northshore, Twin Ports

Attention all anglers, it is now time to purchase new licenses. The Minnesota season came to a close last Sunday. The Wisconsin season will close this Sunday (3-5-17). Otherwise, for late ice fishing anglers, the options are pan-fish or rough-fish, or trout (see your state DNR regulations). As we reflect on this last season, it was a tricky one with a late ice start and some warm weather interruptions along the way. In the end, we hope everyone got out and had an opportunity to do some fishing. *Note - Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops or guides before going out on the ice. Also, it is a good idea to have appropriate equipment to help. We bring the fol

Deep Water Crappie

With the abnormal winter continuing on, ice definitely has been taking a beating and the fish will be migrating to their spring locations. Fish have still been holding to their deep water patterns and once the school is found, numbers can be caught. Fishing 35 FOW, the crappie were holding at the 25-30 foot range. With these depths, utilizing tungsten jigs is key for getting back to the deep water fish quickly before they move on. Plastics used to entice the bite with very tuned cadence jigging, these combinations can get a school fired up. Electronics play a key function, as this allows you to fishing only productive holes and eliminating dead water more quickly. Conditions are fading quick

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