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Setting Up a Humminbird Helix for Ice Fishing

Setting Up a Humminbird Helix for Ice Fishing

You had your eye on it for a while, saved up some money and now its time. You got your new Humminbird Helix for ice fishing! Going through the settings can get a little confusing, so hopefully, after reading this you'll have a little better understanding and have your...

Sleeper Ice House Must Haves for Any Ice Fishing Trip

Sleeper Ice House Must Haves for Any Ice Fishing Trip

I like most of you primarily fishing out of portable ice houses. Every once in a while though, it's nice to just show up and fish! Over the years of renting sleeper ice houses, I always think to myself "Man I wish I would have brought..." Hopefully, I can help save...

DIY Ice House Lights for Portable Shacks

DIY Ice House Lights for Portable Shacks

I’ve never been one to leave things stock.  There is just something about taking an idea and producing a finished product.  Some people end up making a good amount of money with their products, like Dave Genz, when he created the original “Fish Trap.”  Since its’...

5 Must Have FREE Apps on your Phone for Ice Fishing

5 Must Have FREE Apps on your Phone for Ice Fishing

It’s amazing how much technology has changed the fishing industry over the past 2 decades.  I can’t tell you how much it’s helped me become a better fisherman. While some may pull the cheating card, the fact is, that fishing will continue to evolve to the point where...

What Makes a Good Ice Fishing Lure for Walleyes?

What Makes a Good Ice Fishing Lure for Walleyes?

In my eyes, I feel walleyes are one of the most difficult freshwater fish to pattern. Why? Well, for starters, there hasn’t been a real long history on walleye fishing. When I was a kid in the 80s, everything was DEEP, DEEP, DEEP...we all know nowadays that that’s not...

That First Ice Feeling

That First Ice Feeling

I have the utmost respect for ice, and you have to if you spend a large amount of time on it fishing. I’ve already been walking on the ice for around a month and logged some pretty good outings so far on walleyes. But now as deep winter sets in, I’m getting tired of...

5 of the Hottest Jigging Spoons on the Ice Today

5 of the Hottest Jigging Spoons on the Ice Today

The ice fishing scene is changing fast, and the evolution of jigging spoons is no different.  Let me explain. Traditionally, you have a flat lead spoon that is molded into various shapes and sizes.  Add a ring and a hook, and you’ve got yourself a fishing lure. But...

Lipless Crankbaits are a Game Changer

Lipless Crankbaits are a Game Changer

Lipless crankbaits are a combination of old and new.  I say they’re old, as I used to throw rattle traps when I was a kid for pike and bass.  We’re talking 20 years ago, so a lipless crankbait isn’t new in that sense. But it’s new in the fact that they're being WIDELY...

3 Tips for Catching Walleyes on Early Ice

3 Tips for Catching Walleyes on Early Ice

Probably my favorite time of year to chase walleyes is on early ice.  While I know many guys who prefer the spring, that’s usually when I’m chasing snow geese so I spend most of my focus early in the winter.  The strong sun rays of the spring deteriorate the ice...

Top 10 Must-Have Ice Fishing Gear Ideas

Top 10 Must-Have Ice Fishing Gear Ideas

Ice fishing season is upon us, and it’s time to gear up for the season.  I’m not the kind of guy who has to replace or upgrade every year, but I am always looking to be more efficient on the ice.  When it comes to my ice fishing gear, I factor price and longevity with...

Jigging Raps – Simple Tricks for Walleyes

Jigging Raps – Simple Tricks for Walleyes

Oh no, another article on jigging raps right? Wrong. I’m not going to talk about how great they are, just how to use them effectively.  At this point, you're already interested and possibly convinced they work for catching walleyes (and they do)... I kind of fought...

Custom Painted Crankbaits – The Future or Fad?

Custom Painted Crankbaits – The Future or Fad?

One thing I’m guilty of and I see I’m not alone these days is my addiction to custom painted crankbaits. Fishing is all about confidence, no matter the presentation or species you’re targeting. I mean, if you don’t think you’re going to catch anything, are you going...

Best Walleye Crankbaits – CrankBait Color Review

Best Walleye Crankbaits – CrankBait Color Review

(Updated 6/24/19) I don't care where in the world you live, whether you're fishing a small river or lake to large reservoirs; there's a place in your arsenal for trolling or casting crankbaits for walleyes.  I personally LOVE trolling crankbaits for big walleyes.  In...

Muskie Trolling in a Nutshell

Muskie Trolling in a Nutshell

They say muskie fishing is about a fish per 10,000 casts right? Well the heck with it, we’re going muskie trolling. Musky trolling is something we’re still learning every time out. Myself, I consider myself a complete amateur. I make the trek to Minnesota about 2-3...

Soft Plastic Baits for Targeting BIG Walleyes

Soft Plastic Baits for Targeting BIG Walleyes

Over the years, soft plastic baits have changed a lot.  I mean, have you looked at the selection nowadays in the big box stores?  It’s crazy how many brands there are. Traditionally, plastic worms were the ticket when fishing for bass.  I used LONG worms that...

How to Tie a Rapala Knot

How to Tie a Rapala Knot

More often than not, I find that most anglers who cast crankbaits just tie the fishing lure straight to the line.  No matter the knot, the problem is it doesn’t allow the crankbait to have that erratic action. Especially when it comes to jerkbaits and crankbaits like...

Salmon – A Game of Trolling

Salmon – A Game of Trolling

Summer is coming and this signals the time of year when we search for kings amongst our favorite waters. These kings I speak of are the Chinook Salmon.   And here, it’s salmon trolling season. I spend a lot of time pursuing salmon in my favorite waters and...

Slow Death Hooks & Rigs for Fishing Walleye

Slow Death Hooks & Rigs for Fishing Walleye

One of my love-hate relationships I have in walleye fishing is slow death fishing. While I love what a proper slow death rig can do, it’s using crawlers that is my least favorite part of fishing late spring and summer. Crawlers are messy, they get everywhere in your...

Lake Sakakawea Fishing – As Good As It Gets

Lake Sakakawea Fishing – As Good As It Gets

One of North America’s largest man-made reservoirs, Lake Sakakawea, can be found in the heart of North Dakota. This lake has countless miles of shoreline, it’s an adventurer’s paradise. In fact, it has more shoreline than the state of California.  You can fish the...

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing on the Market Today

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing on the Market Today

Wearing sunglasses is important, by now we should all know that. While as a kid growing up, I thought wearing sunglasses was more about fashion than being smart. Nowadays, I don’t go anywhere without them. While I’m writing this about the best polarized sunglasses for...

Jig Fishing When It Matters

Jig Fishing When It Matters

I have been fishing jigs my entire life since I could pick up a rod.  Jigs have been the number one lure in my boats and on my rods since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. My father, Jim Peluso, moved to Bismarck, ND back in 1974 chasing work with hockey. One of the...

Why You Should Be Casting Crankbaits for Walleyes

Why You Should Be Casting Crankbaits for Walleyes

There are times during the year when walleyes can be found shallow...real shallow. Normally, you expect it during the spawn. That’s a given in the spring. But outside of that, there are times where the big girls like to stay there too. And when walleyes are shallow,...

How to Make Fishing Leaders The Easy Way

How to Make Fishing Leaders The Easy Way

Making fishing leaders is easy, and it’s really something I had to do more of because of the types of fishing I do. It saves money and I find it to be enjoyable. There are really 2 ways to make a fishing leader. Leaders with a GOOD knot. Leaders made with crimps. Now...

Slip Bobber Fishing Tips for Walleyes

Slip Bobber Fishing Tips for Walleyes

I caught my first walleye slip bobber fishing when I was a kid.  That was many moons ago, but I can still remember it well. My dad tossed out a slip bobber for me and I stared at that thing for what felt like forever (for a 5-year-old it was probably 10 minutes).  It...

Best Fishing Line for Walleye Fishing

Best Fishing Line for Walleye Fishing

A common question I see is... what is the best fishing line for walleye? The reality is there is no one fishing line for every walleye fishing application. Each type of line shines in its own way, depending on how it’s used. For example, what line you use for...

Spring River Walleye Fishing Tips for Monster Fish

Spring River Walleye Fishing Tips for Monster Fish

Bismarck, ND is known for being the state capital of North Dakota. Did you also know it's home of the new North Dakota state walleye record? Yes, the elusive walleye record that stood tall for over 5 decades finally came crashing down right in the city limits of...

Bottom Bouncer Fishing 101 for Walleyes

Bottom Bouncer Fishing 101 for Walleyes

A fisherman from South Dakota invented the bottom bouncer a few decades ago, and it was arguably one of the most notable changes in walleye fishing we’ve ever seen.  There are so many ways to fish bottom bouncers, making it one of the most versatile tactics for...

Best Underwater Fishing Camera for ALL Situations

Best Underwater Fishing Camera for ALL Situations

Do you remember the first time you used an underwater fishing camera? I do, clearly. I was at a bait shop in Detroit Lakes, MN and they were renting one out. My dad rented it and we ventured out to our favorite, family lake. I was in awe with what I saw...

Best Fishing Knot Tool for Everyone

Best Fishing Knot Tool for Everyone

I was introduced recently to a fishing knot tool that I thought was pretty darn cool.  Now I'm pretty confident with my fishing knots, especially for Mono and Braid.  But I always am looking for new ideas when it comes to fishing knots for leaders.  I've used...

Best Ice Cleats on Hardwater

Best Ice Cleats on Hardwater

Have you ever ended up on your back, looking up, after slipping on the ice?  Well, I’ve been there, more than once. And each time, as I look up the first thing on my mind is, why aren’t I wearing ice cleats???The reality is, if you’re going to be spending...

Eskimo Ice Fishing Tent Review – Fatfish 6120i

Eskimo Ice Fishing Tent Review – Fatfish 6120i

I've fished out of A LOT of ice fishing tents (or hubs) in the wintertime.  Nowadays, there's a lot of great flip over ice house and pop up tent options.  But I've found what I think is my personal favorite, and that's the Eskimo ice fishing tents that stand out to...

Eskimo Ice Anchor Drill Adapter Review

Eskimo Ice Anchor Drill Adapter Review

Now here is a prime example of a simple product that saves your back (and time). The Eskimo Ice Anchor Drill Adapter is an amazing tool for drilling in your ice anchors with your power drill.  It's simple.  You just connect the ice anchor adapter with your drill, and...

Lisa’s Infamous Walleye Cakes Recipe

Lisa’s Infamous Walleye Cakes Recipe

My wife makes some AMAZING walleye cakes.  We're talking, REAL GOOD.  At the campground we frequent in the summer, they're a monster hit. The idea for these originated for our love for crab cakes.  We thought, why not modify the recipe for walleye?  And the rest is...

Best Cordless Drill & Auger Setups on the Ice

Best Cordless Drill & Auger Setups on the Ice

Are you looking for the optimal cordless drill ice auger combination?  Good news is, I’ve done all the homework and research…and I have a killer setup that only cost me a little over $300.  After a long weekend of testing my new cordless drill ice auger adaptor, I was...

How to Catch Walleye Consistently in the Wintertime

How to Catch Walleye Consistently in the Wintertime

I'm having a really good winter for walleyes this year. So good actually, that I felt it was worth some time at my desk to write about it.  You know as they say, you'd rather be lucky then good...but knowing where to start really helps.  Learning how to...

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combo for Walleyes

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combo for Walleyes

As I get older, I find myself getting a bit annoyed with the prices of ice fishing gear these days.  The price of ice houses, sonars, heck even walleye lures ain't cheap anymore...  It’s not that I’m a dimestore fisherman, but I tend to look more for value...

Best Ice Fishing Light / LED Lantern for Ice Houses

Best Ice Fishing Light / LED Lantern for Ice Houses

For YEARS I've been searching for the best light for my portable ice fishing house. Seriously, my shop is like a fishing lantern museum.I've got 3 "old school" propane lanterns that run off mantles.2 "old school" flashlights that run off the BIG batteries.And I have...

Best Walleye Ice Fishing Lures for All Ocassions

Best Walleye Ice Fishing Lures for All Ocassions

I love catching walleyes all year, and ice fishing season is no different. I spend countless hours on the ice, fishing for walleye. And like any angler, I've taken a few mental notes along the way. From early ice to the dead of winter, these are my 5 best...

Ice Thickness Chart for Hardwater Fishing

Ice Thickness Chart for Hardwater Fishing

CURRENTLY EXPECT BETWEEN 12 - 20 INCHES ON MOST LAKES ACROSS THE MIDWEST. Check the ice thickness chart closely, especially if you plan on ice fishing with a vehicle.  And if you don't know where you're going, stay on the chosen path... 😉 Currently, ice fishing has...

Walleye Spinnerbaits in the Trees

Walleye Spinnerbaits in the Trees

Walleye fishing can be a chess match it seems, at times.  If you don't know what I mean, come and fish the north end of Lake Oahe in North Dakota in the early fall.  Don't get me wrong, it's still fishing and I love every minute of it.  But when the temps...

Prepping for a Walleye Tournament

Prepping for a Walleye Tournament

I can't believe it's that time of year already, we're approaching early fall and that means one thing...FALL BITE.  Yes, walleyes will know that winter is coming soon and will start to put on the feedbags.  I used to do A LOT of hunting each fall, but I find myself...

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