Hard Water Angler

END OF THE SEASON GEAR INSPECTION

Across North America and beyond, the ice fishing season is coming to a close—in fact, with this year’s abnormally warm weather, in a number of areas, it’s already over. However, don’t store that winter equipment and ice tackle away just yet! Now is the time to clean, inspect, maintain, repair, take inventory and replenish so…

LATE ICE SAFETY

It’s late February. I’m driving from central Wisconsin, where the ice is nearly a foot thick, to Michigan, and surprised to find very little accessible ice remaining in northern Illinois, open water throughout most of northwestern Indiana, and only limited or poor quality ice across the border in southern Michigan. Traveling into the central portion…

WHEN ICE FISHING, WE ALL ENJOY TIPPING A FEW…

…ice jigs that is, and there are many different ways of doing so! Not only do we have the usual assortment of live baits: Minnows, red worms, wax worms, spikes, mousees, mealworms, hellgrammites, poppers and golden rod gall grubs to choose from, but also scented imitations like HT’s Ice Scentz, and a plethora of wild…

TIP-UP DEPTH SETTINGS

I’m asked a lot of questions about tip-up sets, and among the most frequently asked are those involving depth placement. Are tip-up presentations best positioned directly on bottom, or just above? How do you keep your bait out of weeds? Do you ever suspend your presentations? How far up? Understandably, this can be especially bewildering…

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…

ROAD TRIPS, ICE TV STYLE

Our TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors film crew travels through a seasonally glacial world, pursuing various species, often in adventurously remote settings under acutely challenging conditions, exploring a diverse mélange of ice fishing situations. Something is gleaned from each experience. Here’s a glance into some lessons learned this past winter, while filming Season Four. LOCATION: Big…

ICE RIGGER TIPS

  You might want to consider some of these helpful pointers, too. • Turn your reel slightly away from the flag when positioning your rod handles within the holder. This allows tripped flags extra room to clear the reel (especially important when fishing in strong winds!) • Use braided line as backing before adding wire,…

Arctic Char: Just Amazing

In this week’s episode of TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors, you’ll find me in search of Arctic Char in Alaska. Although this unique species may be somewhat limited in distribution, it more than makes up for this limitation with bold displays of immense beauty and power. Let’s start with beauty: The Arctic Char’s coloration varies greatly…

I WISH I WOULD’VE THOUGHT OF THIS!

I recently met up with Wade, the owner of Dakota Tackle in Bismarck, North Dakota at a trade show in Minnesota. While showing him some new ice fishing product designs for 2015, Wade proceeded to provide me with a great tip of his own. Many of you are no doubt familiar with HT’s Pail Wire…

Get the Most Out of your Electronics this Winter

The value of today’s electronics cannot be overstated. Whether you’re researching new water, searching for a specific form of structure or cover, targeting a certain depth to set tip-ups, checking where fish are positioned or monitoring their reactions to carefully refined jigging presentations, today’s electronics add significant dimension to any strategic ice fishing approach. Here…