Mississippi in the Cold
Air Date: December 8th & 9th, 2012
Location: Mississippi River; Red Wing, Minnesota
Guide: Brett King [(507)-456-4130]; Host: Everts Resort [evertsfishingresort.com]
It’s finally that time of year, ice fishing! With temps still in the 40’s in our neck of the woods in Milwaukee, we need to head north to find ice. Rusty Lilyquist is our gracious host, and guide, showing us the way to the safe ice. As we always say during ice fishing, make sure you know that there is safe ice where you’re headed. Either hire a reputable guide, or go with someone that you trust knows the area, and never go out alone.
Once we’re out is when the fun happens. We are out on the great perch jigging bite on one of Rusty’s favorite spots, the woman chain. We’re in a bay using all sorts of baits, Vibrato, Jigging Rapala, jig & minnow head, or spoons. These perch are aggressive, and anything with a flash will do. We end our day in a different spot, setting tip-ups for pike, and jigging for walleye. Its’ a wonderful way to kick off our ice fishing season!
Lake Michigan in the Winter
Show Date: December 22nd & 23rd, 2012
Location: Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Guide: Charter Captain Brian Settele [414-559-9238 | fishchaserguideservice.com]
According to the calendar, it’s winter in southeastern Wisconsin, which should mean ice fishing. However, with temps in the upper 30’s lately, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to get our Yamaha’s on the ice here in our own backyard. Instead we head out onto Lake Michigan, which has some of the best trout fishing you can find anywhere.
Our guide is Brian Settele, and our target is Brown Trout. We have two days on the water, and Lake Michigan can be very finicky when it comes to these fish. So on day one, we hit up all of the casting hot-spots in hopes to find the massive Browns that lurking right on the bottom of the Milwaukee harbor. We catch some nice fish, but unfortunately they are incidental catches of Lake Trout, which are out of season until March. On day two, we go hunting! Brian is a master troller, and a great way to locate fish is to seek them out. Every catch we haul in, we mark the spot with our Humminbird, so we can return to cast. For trolling we are using Berkley Flickershad, and for casting we’re using Gulp and the Sebile Vibrato.