Lacey Kastern

Lacey is, by day, a Wildlife Biologist for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Northern Wisconsin. She studied Wildlife Ecology: Research and Management at Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN and completed her degree at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She is married to USCG licensed Captain Aron Kastern and they own and operate fishing and hunting outfitting business, Unlimited Trophy Outfitters (UTO), out of Ashland, WI. They are both lifelong natives of the area and have a great deal of knowledge about the history as well as the fisheries and wildlife. When not at work, Lacey spends most of her time fishing on some body of water; be it Lake Superior, an inland lake, river, or creek.

NEW WATER VENTURE

On days my husband, Aron, doesn’t have booked guide trips, we often go scouting. These scouting missions to “new water” can be nerve racking, as we must carefully test ice conditions in unfamiliar areas while trying to “find fish” for upcoming guide trips. The majority of our Unlimited Trophy Outfitters ice trips are taken on…

EMERGENCY HEAT SOURCES

Even on the most carefully planned ice fishing adventures, things can happen. A person never plans to get excessively cold, wet or break through the ice, but these are inherent risks taken each time we venture onto frozen water—and something that recently happened to our good friend Zach, who broke through ice while negotiating his…

ICE MUSKY ADVENTURE

The last two winters we have been very fortunate in Northern Wisconsin to have cold temperatures arrive early, meaning we have lakes froze up before the end of November. Now for some, this may not seem fortunate….but for those of us that dream of ice fishing year round, it is fortunate! My husband and I…

THIRD TRIMESTER ICE FISHING…

Some of you may have been there a time or two… Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love. Last winter I was pregnant with my husband’s and my first child. We were both a little hesitant on what I would be capable of doing because I was…

White Wedding: Marriage on the Ice

The Kastern’s Big Day…. With Lots of Ice and big Lake Trout! Who says you can’t go ice fishing and have your wedding ceremony at the same time? Well when my husband and I decided that is what we were going to do for our March 2014 wedding, we were told that by a lot…

Feeling Comfortable on the Ice

Earlier this year, I did a short little Facebook survey of my friends list to get a sense of what deterred women the most from ice fishing. The number one response that I received did not entirely surprise me… It was fear of being on the ice. Now this was far from being a scientific…

My First Time “Bobbing”

Bobbing for Lake Trout between Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands is an adventure of a lifetime.  Bobbing is a term used by the locals for deep water jigging.  Historically this has been known as a man’s sport.  Not many women, if any, would take the journey over variable and ever-changing ice conditions over 200+ feet of…

Polar Pop-Up Muskies

Ice came early this year in Northern Wisconsin.  We had fishable ice during Wisconsin’s nine day deer hunt.  Well, hunting was slow this year.  A week before season I had a nice buck decide to create a rub and scrape line on the trail going to and from my stand.  It was easy for others…

Burbot Pro-tip

Burbot can be a blast to fish for if you have them available to you in your area. These fish are big time opportunistic predators and hit a lure with a jolt! This fish can chase down prey with ease but are just as easily at home scarfing down dead fish off the bottom. They…