It’s our last chance to catch a few walleyes before the open water turns to ice. Pro guide Larry Smith takes us on a snowy and iceberg filled trip down the Wolf River for some last minute open water angling. As the ice is forming around us, we are breaking it up to make a hole for us to vertical jig. Using just a ³⁄₈ oz jig and minnow, and dropping it to the bottom, is all it takes to light up these wonderful tasting Winnebago system walleyes.
We’re paying a tribute to the good ‘ol days by starting our ice fishing season in Northern Wisconsin in the Hayward area. We have a solid crew with us as well, Pete Maina, Tex Maina, Jim Hudson, and Jeff Kolodzinski. With two full days of fishing, we ice a plentiful amount of crappies, and trophy sizes of walleyes to boot!
Crappies this time of year are usually suspended, and if you spot them on your Humminbird, stop and jig. If you can coax them up from where they are suspending, you will get them to bite. If you aren't marking anything, move on to another hole.
Winnebago System Walleyes
Show Date: December 18th & 19th, 2010
Guide: Pro Ice Guide Larry Smith [920-361-4996 | walleyeguide.com]
The walleyes are biting feverishly on the rivers of the Winnebago system. We have our great guide Larry Smith and a dedicated group of anglers determined to catch these tasty fish. Larry has us jigging using summer jigs and dead-hooking a minnow. The key in the rivers is to use a light enough jig that will take your bait down stream, and slowly jig off the bottom.
Take a Marine Fishing
Show Date: December 25th & 26th, 2010
Location: Vilas County, Wisconsin
Pro Guide Rob Manthei [715-477-2042 | robmanthei.com]
This week we welcome the Miller Family; Joe, Jackie, and their son Quinn. Quinn is a U.S. Marine home on leave from Afghanistan. The Millers are a fishing family, so they know that fishing can be tough. This week fishing is tough. Rob Manthei takes us out on slush soaked lake, where ice conditions have been plagued by huge amounts of snow. Rob tells us the snow insulates the ice from the cold, so it hasn't had a chance to thicken up in all areas, so make sure that you know the ice is safe before you venture out. On the other hand, if snowmobiling is what you do when your not fishing, the trails are in fantastic shape.