Walleye Ice Fishing Tips – 5 Proven Tips That Work!

Man holding a walleye

Are you looking for some walleye ice fishing tips to help you catch these monsters of the deep? If you are, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will explain to you five proven tips that work wonders for catching walleye through the ice.

We all know walleye can be a tricky fish to catch especially when you are ice fishing. So I won’t bore you with fluff lets get right into those five proven tips and get you out ice fishing for walleye while the fishing is good.

Tip #1 – Dead Stick Fish When The Walleyes Aren’t Biting

If you have never heard of dead stick fishing, it’s easy to do and will help you catch those walleyes when you are ice fishing. First, you need to drill a hole next to the hole that you are fishing in. Next, you want to rig up the rod that you’re going to dead stick the walleyes with. You want to rig them up with a stick float. Here’s how you rig a dead stick.

On your braided mainline, you slide a small rubber bobber stop. Next, you want to slip a dead stick float onto your braided line and tie a micro swivel #12 onto the line. After that, you want to take an 18” fluorocarbon leader and tie it to the micro swivel on one of the ends and whatever lure you are using to the other end.

Then you want to slider your bobber stopper to the depth you want to fish at and let your lure go down the hole. The dead stick float will slide until it hits the bobber stopper and your off and fishing. If you need to adjust the depth, you are fishing at slide the stopper to whatever the desired depth is.

Not much to it. You let that dead stick rod sit there and jig aggressively with the other rod-like you usually would do. The rod that you are actively fishing with will lure the walleyes in and if they don’t bit on that rod they will go for the dead stick rig set-up and hopefully bite on that one.

We do this dead stick fishing method because most fish in iced-over cold water will be lethargic because their metabolism slows way down and will naturally go for the bait that’s easiest for them to capture.

Tip #2 – Fish Over Rock Structures

In the mid-winter when the walleyes are being picky on the bait and lures, you use you want to find a spot on the lake that you are fishing over rock structures that are around 16 feet deep. I don’t know why it is, but walleyes will bite more often in this terrain in the dead of winter.

To know the depth and the terrain that is below you will want to get yourself a fish finder. These come in real handy for ice fishing not just to know the depths and topography below the ice but to know if there are fish where your fishing as well.

It helps to have two people when you are looking for rocky bottom areas. One person will drill the holes along a dropoff, and the other person will go behind with the fish finder and measure the depth of the water and see if there is any rock structure underneath the ice. If you do this and pick the right holes to fish, you should come up with some nice walleye.

Tip #3 – Leave Room To Set Your Hook

This tip is for when you are fishing in an ice shelter, and it’s a tip for whatever kind of fish you are fishing for. Your ice fishing shelter might be 5 to 6 feet in height on the inside and if you are holding your rod a foot or more above the hole that doesn’t give you enough room to set your hook effectively.

To remedy this, you will want only to hold your rod about 3 inches above the fishing hole. Doing this will ensure that you have enough room to hook that walleye and bring him home to the frying pan.

Tip #4 – Best Time To Catch Walleye Is During Sunrise and Sunset

Walleye Fishing TipsLike most fish, the best time to catch walleye is when the sun is rising in the morning and when the sun is setting in the evening. These times of day is a fish’s natural feeding cycle. During these hours of the day the walleyes are swimming out from under the weed bed covers, and you have a more significant area that you can fish and catch walleye. And because you can fish a wider area of water, you won’t have to drill so many holes because the walleye will be just about anywhere you can think.

You will want to drill your holes ahead of time. Don’t be drilling holes during the peak walleye fishing hours of sunrise and sunset because this will disrupt the natural flow of the fish. Have the holes already drilled and then do some sampling of the holes until you find a few spots that are ample with walleye and then focus on those areas during the peak time.

Tip #5 – Vibration Gets The Walleyes Attention

The last tip in this walleye ice fishing tips article is to use vibration to get the walleye’s attention. To do this, you want to hit the bottom of the lake with your lure and raise the lure slowly. Doing this will stir up the mud and sediment on the bottom. It also causes the vibration necessary to get the walleyes attention. And when stirring up the bottom sediment, your lure will be mimicking a live creature that the walleyes would be used to feeding on.

You also might want to use a vibrating blade lure when you fish walleye with this method. When using a vibrating blade lure, you want to move the bait up and down about 3 feet. Make sure to keep aggressively jigging the lure. This will attract the fish in. If the walleye are active and ready to strike it will either grab your vibrating blade lure or the walleye if it is not prepared for a fight will go after your dead stick if you have one set up close by.

Put These Walleye Ice Fishing Tips To The Test

Walleye Winter Fishing TipsNow that I have shown you these effective walleye ice fishing tips it’s time for you to put them to the test. We all know that walleyes can be finicky when it comes to their eating habits especially in the winter. But if you put all five of these tips to good use, you should start catching some nice healthy sized walleye.

To recap when the walleyes aren’t biting start by dead stick fishing. This is where drill a hole close to the hole you are actively fishing. Put your dead stick fishing lure down the other hole and let it sit there.

With the second tip, you will need a fish finder. Use your fishfinder to look for depths of the water and what structures are beneath the ice. I recommend you get yourself a Vexilar fish finder. Vexilar Fishfinders work best because they give you a clear reading of what’s underneath the ice.

Drill a bunch of holes along a drop off and find the best spots to fish. For walleye, you want about 16 feet of depth with rock structure.

The third tip is when you are fishing in an ice shelter leave plenty of room to set your hook. To do this hold your rod about two to three inches above the fishing hole. Holding your rod close will allow you enough room. Otherwise, you will be hitting the roof of your shelter when you are hooking the walleye.

The Best Time To Catch Walleye

The peak time to catch walleye is either in the early morning hours and or late in the evening when the sun is setting.

The fifth and final tip for walleye ice fishing is to use vibration to get the walleye’s attention. Aggressively hit the bottom of the lake with your lure and bring it up slowly. Doing this will get the walleye’s attention by stirring up the bottom sediment and causing vibration through the water. The stirring up of the sediment and the vibrations mimics the living creatures that the walleye are used to feeding on.

I hope these walleye ice fishing tips help you catch more walleye. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Good luck ice anglers and Happy Fishing!

Northern Pike Ice Fishing Tips | 5 Tips To Bring Home The Pike

Northern Pike on ice and 5 northern pike ice fishing tips

Northern Pike Ice Fishing TipsSo you are looking to fish the big northern pike? I have a few northern pike ice fishing tips you will want to consider before heading out to catch this monster of a fish through the ice.

Pike is fun to fish especially in the winter, and they will put up quite the struggle which is fun and exhausting at the same time. At least you will get some winter exercising in and a delicious meal to boot after you catch the pike.

I have compiled a list of 5 tips you will want to consider when fishing for northern pike. Now, this is not an exhaustive list, but it will get you in the right direction if you’re new to northern pike ice fishing.

5 Northern Pike Fishing Tips

Tip 1 – Know Where The Bait Fish Are

Northern Pike love baitfish like tullibee and whitefish. These two species of fish are high in calories. Pike will follow these baitfish around so where ever the tullibee and whitefish are the Northern pike will not be far behind. So a good thing to know is where these baitfish are.

Tullibee and whitefish spawn early in the ice fishing season. They will be hanging around shallow areas of the lake close to drop-off areas and flats. So naturally, the pike will be in these shallow areas and easiest to catch, but the ice will be thin this time of year. Unless you want to risk life and limb, I would suggest waiting until later in the season. But that’s up to you!

In mid-winter, the northern pike will follow the tullibee and whitefish out to deeper parts of the lake. You will find pike close to deep water with soft bottoms. They will also feed on crappies and perch so try fishing in areas that you find these species of fish.

Tip 2 – Visit Your Local DNR Websites

Check your local DNR websites for information on the lakes you want to ice fish for northern. You can get a lot of useful information from these sites like how much foliage a certain lake has. What types of species of fish are stocked in the lake?

Sometimes there are too many pike in a lake and not enough baitfish to help them grow too large sizes, so you get a lot of smaller pike. And some lakes won’t be stocked with northern at all so you will not want even to bother fishing those lakes if you’re after the northern pike.

Tip 3 – Drill Testing Holes

Ice Fishing holes

Drill holes in various areas. You don’t need to drill 100 holes but drill them in areas you know the pike will likely be. Such as along the drop off areas. A few holes can be drilled on top of the flats and along the break-lines. You can also drill some holes out in the deeper sections of the lake.

Once you get the holes drilled you will want to continue down the line fishing those holes until you find an area that is ripe with northern and then stay on that spot. You could also mix it up with tip-ups so that you don’t have to move as around from hole to hole as often.

Tip 4 – Jigs Are a Good Bet!

Tip number four in our line up of northern pike ice fishing tips is when you are jig fishing for pike. Keep the jig still for a while about 3 feet from the bottom of the lake and once in awhile wiggle the jig. This will give a northern who is debating whether to strike or not make his move and bite! You will also want to have a few different rigs set up before you go out ice fishing for these monsters.

Rig up a white tube skirt with jig head on it. Northern pike loves this type of rig lure because it jumps around like a worm gone insane and northern can’t resist the color of white in the winter because it can be seen so well under the ice.

When using a tip-up, I will place it in the shallower spots on the lake and then jig with my rod and reel combo in the deeper areas of the lake. Don’t stray far from your tip-ups because there are regulations the DNR has on how far you can be from your tip-ups.

Tip 5 – Try Dead Baiting

For the last tip, I recommend what they call dead baiting. Dead baiting is what it says, Dead. You want to use dead baitfish and suspend it in the water. You can use any fish that a northern usually feeds on such as tullibee, whitefish, herring, eel, crappie. The smell and the non-movement of the bait attract northern pike like you wouldn’t believe. Have the bait frozen this makes it easier to place on the hook

You will want to cut slits in the sides of the dead bait so that the juices mix in the water and cause more of the attracting aroma for the pike to sniff out. Also, dead baiting is usually done using a tip-up. A tip-up is used because you don’t want any abnormal movement from the bait. You will get too much movement with this method if you are holding a rod and reel. Dead fish don’t move.

Get Out The Ice For Pike

Ice fishing for northern pike is one of my favorite species of fish to go after. The big ones are smart and not easy to catch. But when you can wrestle one out of the hole and onto the ice above you get a sense of accomplishment and domination! You don’t need many of these monsters to fill your dinner plate.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I think pike tastes better in the Northern Pikewinter. Pike in the summer is not as fresh-tasting which has to do with the warm temps. As a matter of fact, I think most fish tastes better when catching it under the ice.

I’m Free For Supper…

I hope these northern pike ice fishing tips help you catch a lunker this ice fishing season. If you catch enough, please give me a holler. I will be glad to come over and help you eat them up lol. I will even bring the electric fillet knife. Get out there and start pike fishing today.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have.  Happy Fishing, and I hope you catch that trophy you have been searching for!


Frabill Ice Shelter Review – Aegis 2000

Frabill Ice Shelter Review
Product: Frabill Aegis 2000 
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com 
Dimensions and Weight: 83"L x 58"W x 61.5"H, 53lbs
Warranty: 1-year Limited
My Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Today I will be writing a Frabill ice shelter review on the Aegis 2000. This flip-over is one of Frabill’s less expensive lines of ice shelters. Frabill has five ice shelters in the Aegis line-up, and they are all well-built flip-over ice shelters for the price.

Frabill is a solid company

This company has been around since 1938. It started with five members of the Matra family, Frank, Bill, Earl, Michael, and Ed, and the first two members Frank and Bill are how they came up with the Frabill brand name. The Fra in Frank and Bill equals Frabill! Pretty clever huh?

Anyway, they have been around for more than 70-years. Frabill has produced some excellent ice fishing and open water fishing products throughout the years.

Now that you have a little history on the Frabill company and how it was founded let’s get into the

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Frabill Ice Shelter Review – Aegis 2000

Frabill Ice Shelter ReviewAegis is named after the shield that protected the god Zeus from Greek mythology. So these shelters must be tough as nails! Just a little useless trivia you can use around the campfire to impress your friends with lol. 🙂

The Aegis 2000 fits two people comfortably and has a spacious room inside for your ice fishing pleasure. It’s a flip-over type ice shelter. You just set it up, flip it right over crawl in and start ice fishing. Or you can flip it over yourself and start fishing. It doesn’t matter how you do it because it is lightweight and easy to transport.

Aegis 2000 Product Details

The Aegis 2000 dimensions when it is set-up are 83″L x 58″W x 61.5″H. The fishable square feet is 19.5 and is made out of 300 denier fabric. Denier fabric is a durable and long-lasting material. It will keep the wind out on those cold frostbit days out on the ice. It comes in a contemporary style. At only 53lbs it’s easy to haul this shelter around on the ice. You could fold it up and throw it over your shoulder.

The openings and windows are in optimal places around the ice shelter. The Aegis also comes with a front door with a heavy-duty zipper attached. It’s durable and lightweight. The housing comes with two padded trunks under the seats for separate added storage space — plenty of room to do your fishing with a patented modular seating system for two.

Storage BinsThis ice shelter has builtin storage and rod holders. Which is a plus so that you can put the gear you are not using out of the way. Does not come insulated but a little space heater like Mr. Heater will keep it warm and cozy enough so that you can enjoy yourself ice fishing.


The Frabill Aegis 2000 ice shelter is a great beginner ice shack. It’s bare-bones, but it will keep you out of the elements and keep the wind off of your face. Like I said earlier if you put a little electric space heater in there like a Mr. Heater you will stay toasty warm even when it is frozen outside.

The price is right at only $379.99. Durable and light to carry around. Easy set-up, stiff fabric, and plenty of fishable space for two people you can’t go wrong. Try this one out if you’re getting into ice fishing or it would make an excellent gift for someone you might know that’s just starting in this sport.

I hope you got some useful information out of this Frabill ice shelter review. In the future I will be doing more reviews of other Frabill ice shelters and products so bookmark https://tackleboxtalk.com for future reviews.

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Crappie Ice Fishing Tips – 3 Tips You Probably Overlooked

Crappie ice fishing tips. Crappie caught ice fishing.

One of my favorite fish to ice fish for is the crappie. I like to fish for panfish and perch as well but crappies are just a little bigger than panfish usually, and they taste oh so good. I often only catch crappies with wax worms or waxies as we like to call them in Wisconsin. Jigs work as well, and if you want to spruce things up a bit, you can attach a waxie onto the jig hook. It’s the sport of catching them that I like the most. In this article, I’m going to explain some crappie ice fishing tips.

Before we do that, let’s take a look at the two species of crappie that swim our beautiful lakes and rivers.

White Crappie

White CrappieTo start, we have the White Crappie. In scientific terms, the white crappie is referred to as ‘Annularis Rafinesque.’

That’s as far as I’m going to get into the scientific name because one; I don’t know how to pronounce it which is OK because this is an article and two I would bore you and me to death lol. They can grow to about 20″ inches in length and to a weight of about 5lbs.

White crappies enjoy dining on the smaller fish of their predators such as walleye and pike. They also like to eat insects and plankton. White crappies eat twice a day. When the sun is coming up and when it is going down.

So that gives you an idea when you want to be fishing for these fellows. During the day they don’t move about much and stay along the clumps of weeds and submerged trees.

Black Crappie

Crappie Ice Fishing TipsThe other crappie species is the Black Crappie or the nigromaculatus longword, to say the least! Obviously, black crappies are darker. They can grow to the same length and weight of the white crappie. Both species of crappie feed at the same times of day and hang around the same areas during the day. Not much difference between the two. So if you find white crappies in one area, you might find the black ones in the same spot.

Now that I explained the two species of crappie I will proceed with some crappie ice fishing tips.

Tip 1 – Slow down when jigging

A Crappie’s metabolism slows down when the weather turns nastily cold. So does their reaction time to the presentation of lures and bait. What you want to do is get yourself some smaller sized jigs about 1/64 oz in size and drop them slowly to where the fish are.

Almost right in front of their lips and let it suspend they’re for awhile not jigging it too much, and if they are interested, they will bite. Crappies don’t like to have to go after their bait very fast in the winter.

Tip 2 – Change Live Bait Often

MinnowsHere is tip 2 of the crappie ice fishing tips. When the crappies haven’t been biting all day but all of a sudden after you put fresh bait on your line they start biting. Don’t disrupt their feeding pleasure by leaving the same bait on for long periods.

Because they will end up not bitting when the scent fades on your bait. To combat this, you want to keep changing your bait every 10 to 15 minutes. Some anglers even change bait every 5 minutes. With this technique, you will want a couple of lines going so that you can have one in the water all the time.

Doing this will keep the crappies coming back for more. And attracting more of them through the fresh smell of the bait. It doesn’t matter what type of bait your using. Minnows, wax worms, and even worms will work with this technique.

Tip 3 – Catch ’em In The Weeds

That’s right like I stated at the beginning of the article crappies will be found in weed beds. What are they doing in the weed beds? They are searching for small fish that might be swimming around in there. They are also looking for the dead bug larvae from the previous season. And like I said before crappies will be found around fallen trees, weed lines that sort of thing. They love to hide in the cover, not unlike bass.

When Everything Is Said And Done

There are your crappie ice fishing tips for today boys and girls. Try these three tips next time your out ice fishing for crappies, and you could be surprised at the results. Now nothings guaranteed. Those crappies can be hard to find some days so any little trick you do might make the difference from you having an excellent crappie supper or having to heat some frozen fish sticks in the microwave!

I hope you got something out of this article and if you have any questions or comments post them below, and I will respond to each question asked. As long as it is fishing related that is.

Ice Fishing Crappie Jigs – Which Ones The Right One?

Eskimo Ice Fishing Shelters – Fish In Warmth

Eskimo Ice Fishing Shelters

Are you looking for that perfect ice shelter? If you are you have come to the right place. Eskimo ice fishing shelters are proven products that have stood the test of time.

I like the bright red color of their ice shelters. It makes it easy to see them out on the ice if it’s a cloudy, windy day. That is a safety feature in itself.

Eskimo ice fishing shelters

Eskimo shelters are built well, and they are easy to set up and takedown. You can have your shelter up and ready to use within minutes. They are also very portable. They fit in a duffle bag! How about that for portability.

In this article, I will be reviewing 3 of Eskimos ice fishing shelters. I will compare price, special features, and the various specifications of each so that you can have an informed opinion on which one would be best for you and your specific situation.

Quickfish 2

Product: Eskimo Quickfish 2
Cheapest Place to buy: Amazon.com
Collapsed Size: 45″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″
Warranty: 1-year Limited
My rating: 9.2 out of 10

The Quickfish 2 ice shelter by Eskimo is a great fit for the ice angler who are new to the ice fishing sport. This shelter is priced at $139.99 on Amazon. Which is a fair price for a nice shelter as this one is. Only takes about 60 seconds to set-up! Now, that’s no time at all!

This ice shelter fits two people comfortably. You could probably crame four people in there, but I wouldn’t recommend it. And that’s to close for comfort for my taste lol. Once the Quickfish 2 is set up, it is 60″ x 60″ and elbow room of 76″ x 76″ making it a nice sized ice shelter for two people. It’s 67″ high and 21.5 lbs.

The Quickfish 2 fits in a backpack. So you can strap it on your back, and off you go. It has mesh pockets on the inside for storage of equipment and extra skirting which to snow on top to help keep the wind out and the warm in. This ice shelter is not insulated to make that clear and made out of 300 Denier fabric. That stuff is as tough as it gets in a material.

Windows are removable for ventilation purposes. Self-tapping ice anchors to keep the shelter in place. With the anchors and the snowpack, this shelter will not be going anywhere.

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Quickfish 3

 Product: Eskimo Quickfish 3
Cheapest Place to buy: Amazon.com
Collapsed Size: 52″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″
Warranty: 1-year Limited
My rating: 9.4 out of 10

And we have the Quickfish 3 which is a step up from the Quickfish 2 in that it fits three people comfortably.

Also, the whole unit fits right into a duffle bag for easy transport. With 34 square feet of fishable area and 70″ x 70″ total room on the inside. Maximum height of 80″ for the taller ice angler. And you have 90″ x 90″ of elbow room to stretch those tired ice fished arms out when needed.

It only takes about 60 seconds to pop-up like the other one and comes with removable windows, durable fiberglass poles, extra-long skirting, and six self-tapping ice anchors.

It comes with four removable windows for ventilation. It fits in a duffle bag that can be worn on your back or put in a sled for easy transport. This ice shelter is made out of durable 300 Denier fabric. Also has two doors with YKK zippers for easy opening and shutting. It has sturdy hubs to keep it from collapsing in on you.

The -Quick fish 3- is not insulated, but you can opt for the Quickfish 3i- which is an insulated version of 3. The price for the  Quickfish 3i is $258.99. Less than 100 dollars more so if you want extra warmth in ice shelter you would want to go with the 3i version. The insulated version will keep you 35% warmer than the non-insulated version with Eskimos insulated quilted fabric.

If you have a couple of other anglers to fish with you will want to pick this one up for sure.

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Quickfish 5i

Product: Eskimo Quickfish 5i
Cheapest Place to buy: Amazon.com
Collapsed Size: 63″ x 11″ x 11″
Warranty: 1-year Limited
My rating: 9.3 out of 10

Last but not least we have the Quickfish 5i. This Eskimo shelter comes with all the features of the other two shelters plus it’s insulated for extra warmth in those cold wind wiped days we can have out on the ice. This ice shelter fits about five people comfortably. One or two more if you want to feel like your in a can of sardines lol.

For easy transport, this shelter can be put in a duffle bag which can be worn or placed in a sled. The fishable area in this one is 64 square feet with a set-up up the size of 108″ x 108″ x 108″. Height is 84″ and a whopping eight windows for excellent outside viewing to see what your neighbors are up to! It has a five-sided design for an extra fishing area and is made out of 600 denier fabric.

The poles are strong, the fabrics strong and the sturdy hubs will hold this shelter up time after time. Also easy to set up within minutes you will be up and ice fishing.

So if you have a fishing party of 5, I would put Eskimo Quickfish 5i on your Christmas list. In my opinion, it’s well worth the money.

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Now that you have three choices of Eskimo ice fishing shelters to choose from which one will you pick? Will it be the:

Now that you have all the information you need now to make an informed decision. You can’t go wrong with the Eskimo brand. They are a world-class company with durable and reliable ice fishing shelters and gear that will stand for years and they back it by a 1-year limited warranty.

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Lake Trout Ice Fishing Lures – Trout Are Biting On These

Lake Trout Ice Fishing Lures

So you’re looking for lake trout ice fishing lures? Lake Trout or lakers as they are called in the angling world are different when it comes to cold temperatures than fish like panfish, bass, perch, and walleye. Lake Trout thrive when the ice starts forming.

They like it when the water is around 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit compared to when it is 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Trout basically will eat anything that’s around them at the time. They are tough fish, and they taste oh so good as well.

They can be hard to find under the ice so you will want to pack some patience before heading out to ice fish for lakers. You will want to plan on drilling two holes in the ice side by side because these fish like to fight and if you don’t do this, you will end up losing that fight when the fish gets bumped up under the ice near the hole tearing the bait out and swimming away. That can be the most frustrating thing ever so make sure to drill two holes making them into one. It will end up being a 16″ to 20″ huge hole depending on the size blade you have for your auger.

Lake trout like shallow and clear water

Lake trout swimming in shallow water.

areas during the ice fishing season which can be under 10 feet deep. Compared to other fish that tend to move deeper in the colder weather. But they can go as deep as they want it all depends on where the food is at. Lake trout can grow to 60 pounds or more and enjoy feeding on other fish species like salmon, ciscoes, and whitefish. They are cannibals as well as eating their very own kind! They are free to roam pretty much anywhere they wish in the hard water season.

But there are some good rules of thumb of where to look for these fish when ice fishing…

You will find them around deep basins of water with submerged undergrowth such as reefs, dead trees, and islands. You will see them in areas where big schools of fish hangout such as the areas I mentioned earlier. They like to herd their prey around bends and inside turns making it easier to feed on them.

Now that you have an idea of where to find lake trout in the winter and what they consume I will get into answering what kinds of lake trout ice fishing lures and live bait to use.

Lake Trout Ice Fishing Lures

So now that we know that lake trout feed on fish species, not unlike themselves it gives us a good idea of what type of lures and live bait will work. I will start out explaining what live baits are best used for catching hard water lake trout:

Live Bait

Lake trout love the live bait when they are in an inactive state. Trout usually takes them closer to the bottom of the lake. The following are some live baits lakers go after.



Trout are hungry creatures in winter, and they primarily go for the smell of live bait when they are inactive. But they will go after either live or shiny colored bait if they are active or inactive. They will tend to go after smell more when their dormant and the visual look of an artificial lure when they are busy. You will have to experiment like any other fish that you are fishing for in the winter.

Nightcrawlers would be my first choice because they are easy to transport to the ice. You will need to keep them from freezing solid like any other live bait that you use. Just keep them in an insulated bucket should do the trick.

You can just put the nightcrawlers on a regular fishing hook and use 1 to 2-ounce sinkers and drop your line so that it goes close to the bottom of the lake. This technique works for the inactive lakers. The active lakers are another story, and I will explain that a little farther down in the article.


With minnows, you can either throw them on a hook and add your sinkers about 1 to 2 ounces. Or you can add a spinner to the mix and catch them by the smell of the bait and by the flashy look of the bait. Using a bright colored spinnerbait would be your best option. Either way, lakers go crazy after minnows in the wintertime.

Wax Worms

You can also use Wax Worms or waxies when fishing for lake trout in the winter. You need to couple them with a jig, and this will jump-start the lakers into a feeding frenzy!


Artificial Bait

Now that we have discussed what live bait to use I’m going to explain the best lake trout ice fishing lures to use.

You will want to find lures that mimic the types of fish that are part of their diet naturally like the ciscoes and salmon. When they are presented to the trout, the best kinds of lures will mimic a struggling or dying fish. They will typically go after those kinds of artificial bait because that’s what they would go after if it was a real live fish.

Colors that are used would be the natural colors of their prey which would be silver and white, maybe a little pearl color mixed in. When you’re, fishing them in shallow water, I will use a jig with a 4-inch long curly tail hooked on it.

  • Spoons

SpoonsIce fishing with spoons can be tricky but rewarding if you present it rights. You will want to let the spoon drop then give it a quick jerk. Reel it in about half-way up and then let it pause for a second then dropping it back down.

You can also use live bait hooked to the spoon to give it that live smell those lakers are craving for. When the spoon wiggles downward it looks like a dying baitfish in free fall.

  • Tubes

TubesLake trout are going after tubes in the cold months. They especially like the white tubes. Don’t ask me why but I’ve heard many ice anglers of late saying they are getting hits on these white tubes.

Tubes come in many shades of color. So I would get a pack and try various colored ones out and see which color they like to but on best in your area.

With tubes, you need to keep it moving just above the bottom of the lake bobbing it up and down so the fish will strike at

  • Crankbait

Crank BaitThe next lure we have in the bucket is the crankbait. One of the most widely used ice fishing lures by avid ice anglers. There are many kinds of crankbaits that you can purchase. Crankbaits usually mimic the lakers prey in the way that it bobs up and down and swims through the water.

These are known for their rattle noise when going down and when coming up. Crankbaits attracts the fish, and they come to you instead of you going to them. The paint jobs on crankbaits vary wildly, but the main attraction is the rattling sound they make.

They do have crankbaits that are more like three baits in one. Making it look like a school of fish, and we know trout love to go after schools of fish especially in the wintertime.

Try these crankbaits out next time you hit the ice.

  • Spinner Jigs

Spinner JigsLastly, we have spinner jigs. One of the most widely used ice fishing lures by avid ice anglers is the jig. And the jig works exceptionally well for hard water trout fishing. All you have to do is pick your color and kinds of jig you want, tie it to your line, and your off and jigging.

Spinner jigs work well because of their shiny design and vibration effect in the hard cold water.

Fishing Line and Rod

Now that I have given you some options on what kinds of lake trout ice fishing lures that are out there. I will the type of fishing line you will want to use and rod length.

For fishing lakers, you want to go with about 10lb test fishing line in fluorocarbon or monofilament. With these lines, you can get a more significant radial drop which is nice to have with the artificial lures you are using.

You will want a stiff ice fishing rod about 40 inches long with a little action in the tip.

Well, now you have all the information you need on lake trout ice fishing lures and how to use them effectively. It is time for you to get out there and try these lures and techniques out for yourself.

Trout can be mysterious

Like any other kind of fish when it comes to there eating habits. It all depends on the lake, what time of day, the temperature of the water, if it’s cloudy or sunny, lots of snowpacks, minimal snowpacks. You just have to experiment with colors, sounds, movements, and smell.

So good luck with your ice fishing for trout efforts and I hope you pull in that big one! If you have any questions, comments, or trout fishing story you would like to share, please leave them in the comments section below I would love to hear from you!

Live Ice Fishing Bait – Show Me The Fish

Ice fishing pole with bobber and the words live ice fishing bait.

Live Ice Fishing BaitIce fishing can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to what types of live bait to use for what species of fish you want to catch.

It takes a lot of patience and practice to Be able to determine what works and what doesn’t work. And every lake you fish is going to be different. So there is no perfect solution to this dilemma.

Try this, try that, fish deeper, bring your line up fish more shallow. Fish can be tricky creatures when they are swimming under that ice sheet on top of them. You see the fish metabolism slows down in the winter months’ kind of hibernation type of effect that keeps them alive and their body temperature regulated for the cold water.

Fish will tend to go after smaller live bait

in the winter because of this metabolism change. They can’t digest the bigger live baits that they usually can in summer.

Thus, they go after the smaller live baits. In this article, I will introduce you to a few different live ice fishing baits that can be used for a variety of fish you might be fishing for. These live baits need to stay wiggling and alive not frozen and dead otherwise the fish will not respond to bait. The keyword here is LIVE bait.

The exception is when fishing with minnows sometimes you want them to be dead. I will explain later.

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Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top – It’s Like Ice Fishing In Paradise

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Product: Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top
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Dimensions: 16.2 x 6.2 x 22.2 inches
Weight: 2 lbs
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Trying to stay warm while you are ice fishing can be a significant burden especially when the temperatures reach down into the single digits.

Hands and feet start going numb even while wearing appropriate gloves and boots. I know I’ve been there and done that. When I find myself in this predicament, I kick myself that I didn’t invest in some a heater!

Well, no more cold, numb fingers while I’m ice fishing. I decided to do some research and came up with a solution to this dilemma. I found Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top! This heater is excellent for when you are out braving the cold, ice fishing.

Like the product says it’s three heaters all in one and mounts onto a single propane cylinder. You can use 20 up to a 100 lb — cylinder for the heaters. They have a safety shut-off for all three of the radiators in case they tip over. The product boasts a high, medium, and low regulator that’s easy to control when temperatures vary outside.

Rotation of the Mr. heater triple tank top heads is easy with a turn of a wing nut you can rotate a quarter turn on all three of them individually right or left. Also, comes with polished chrome reflectors.

How To Attach To Propane Cylinder

Attaching Mr. heater triple tank top is easy as pie to attach to the propane cylinder. The burner assembly attaches to the steel collar on the propane cylinder that protects the shutoff valve. All you have to do is loosen the hold-down nut on the burner assembly clamp and slide it down onto the steel collar of the propane tank. Then tighten nut securely. Next, attach the hose to the hose connection on the cylinder.

Run Time/Heat Output

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Mr. heater triple tank top heater has a run time of about 9.5 hours running all three burners on high. You won’t have to run all three once you get this thing cranked up. It’s plenty warm on just two of the heaters running. If you run only one at the low setting which would be about 10,000 BTU’S an hour, you would be talking more of 40-hour run time, and that’s with a 20lb propane tank.

This product has radiant heat and is meant for outdoor use only. So don’t be using this in your ice houses you will get carbon monoxide poisoning!

It has 10,000 to 45,000 BTU’S (British Thermal Units) per hour. Mr. Heater consumes about 2 gallons of propane an hour all depending on how many heater heads you are using and if you are running them on low, medium, or high.

I like that you don’t have to run all of them at the same time, which saves in propane when all three are not needed. Most of the time, unless it is below zero, you won’t need all three, but it’s nice to know that you have them there.

Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top Details

This heater has a high-grade, durable metal mesh that protects the head burners so that it will last longer, which is what you would want if it tipped over on the ice while ice fishing.

This triple heater can be used for many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, gathering on the porch with friends or family, tailgating at the big game. Also, this heater would be great at a construction site or loading dock where it can get darn cold in the winter months.

The burning surfaces are made out of a premium stainless steel for long-lasting burning time. Feel safe with the tip-over safety switches that are on all three of the heaters.

It will keep five people warm while ice fishing in the open air! That’s amazing for three little heaters. They kick the heat out quite aways. A distance of 15′ away can keep you comfortable. I have heard just 10′ away is too warm. These units are ignited by using a lighter or match just like a hot water heater.


Warranty/Return Policy

Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top has a 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee.

In Conclusion

As you can see, Mr. Heater Triple Tank Top is well worth the money spent if you spend any amount of time outdoors in the cold winter months. Kicking out heat at a range of 15′ is what you would want a heater to accomplish especially when ice fishing. The lake winds can get awfully cold.

With a run time of 9.5 hours on full heat, you can spend all day or night if that’s how you roll out on the ice and catch your limit of whatever you’re fishing for without freezing your fingers and toes off.

All you need now is a pair of Oakley polarized ice fishing sunglasses to keep the glare of the ice off of you. You will feel like your ice fishing in paradise!

Don’t get caught out on the ice without your Mr. Heater triple tank top to keep you warm and toasty! Your extremities will thank you.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Tying Ice Fishing Jigs – Knot As Hard As You Think

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Tying Ice Fishing JigsFishing is a sport that is loved by many people. I happen to be an avid fish lover and fishing is something that I tend to do for relaxation. However, recently I have tried my hand at ice fishing. But it has taken me several attempts to learn how tying ice fishing jigs are supposed to go.

So since this was a little difficult for me to grasp at first, now that I know the proper way I decided that I should share my knowledge with others who may have had the same experience I’ve had.

Equipment Needed

Before you begin tying ice fishing jigs, you first have to make sure that you have the proper equipment. The first thing needed is to make sure that you have an ice fishing pole.

Make sure you have line clippers in addition to having the right pole, jigs or lures. For those that don’t know fishing lines are tough lines although they are very thin.

Because of the various sizes of fish, the line has to be made tough, thin, and flexible.

How to Prepare The Line On The Pole

The first thing that I make sure to do is to thread my fishing line properly through my fishing pole. There are eye loops on all fishing poles which the line runs through.

Make sure your fishing line is lined up at the top of the pole and inline with your reel. This will ensure your fishing line is on your pole correctly. Otherwise, tying ice fishing jigs will be complicated.

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Tying Ice Fishing Jigs

So when it comes to ice fishing as I have stated before there are all types of ice fishing poles that you could use. However, when tying the jig to the fishing pole line, you also need to make sure that the knot is tight so that it does not slip while you are fishing.

Now the loop on the jig should have the fishing line running through it. I always like to look at the line twice on the jig to ensure security.

The next thing that I would do after tying the line through the jig loop twice is to pull enough line to make sure that I have enough fishing line to work with. This way I have enough fishing line remaining to wrap around the hook several times while making sure that the wraps do not overlap. When wrapping the lines around the hook, I always have to make sure not to pull the lines too tight.

Don’t Pull The Line Too Tight

Pulling the line to tight can cause it to snap when you have a fish on the hook. I usually like to wrap the line around the hook at least six or seven times. This gives security that the knot will remain in place.

Once I have finished doing my wraparound, and before I tie my knot, I always bring it back up to the top of my pole and run it through the two loops on my jig that I initially made when tying my jig on the pole.

At this point, I am now ready to tie my knot. So I lubricate the end part of my remaining fishing line with a little saliva or water and then tie it in a knot.

Once I have secured my knot any remaining fishing line that remains is cut with my fishing clippers. When cutting the remaining line from the knot, I have to make sure not to cut the line too short or else the knot can come apart. So I always recommend at least leaving one-eighth of the fishing line out of the knot.

3 Of The Most Common Jig Knots

It just depends on which knot you may like best. But here are three common jig knots.

Here are a few examples of some of the other knots that work just as well.

Palomar Knot


The Palomar Knot is a fishing tie knot that can be a little more complicated to tie. It requires that you double your fishing line about six inches before you run it through the eye of your lure or jig.

After you have completed running the fishing line through the jig eye, then you must double the fishing line back to create a loop so that you have enough space to pull the entire jig through the loop. Now I can pull the loop down over the jig to tighten the knot.

Nanofil Knot

The nanofil knot closely resembles the Palomar Knot in the actual process of tying. The difference comes in after the eye of the jig has been threaded.

The remaining fishing line that is hanging from the jig should be brought back up to the main fishing line. Wrap the jig twice through the loops.

Eugene Bend Knot

Another well-known knot to use is the Eugene bend knot. The previously mentioned knots are the reversal of this knot. The tag end of the line needs to be threaded through the eye of the jig. This creates a huge loop.

Once the loop is formed, then it must be wrapped around the main standing line at least four times. Then re-ran back through the tag end of the loop. At this point, you would now able to moisten the line and tie it off.

Additional Accessories

Now that I have talked about how to tie a jig onto an ice fishing pole there are a few more accessories that I think are important to have when ice fishing. Because this is ice fishing, I want to make sure that my readers are aware — one that you should have a sled that is light enough to travel across the ice. And two that it is large enough to hold your equipment.

When I am ice fishing, I always try to make sure that I carry a bucket. To put my fish in and additional needle-nose pliers to remove hooks from the fish. Also, live bait, other lures, ice fishing pole holder so that I can position my fishing pole after I have dropped my line.

And don’t forget a terminal tackle box with additional weights to use on my line. The weights will help me to be able to drop my jig lower into the water to attract the fish easier.

Don’t forget the rods! Check out these St.Croix Legend ice fishing rods. They are top of the line rods that I highly recommend.

So when it comes to ice fishing and tying your lures or jigs, it is not that difficult to do. It just takes a little bit of practice to make sure that the line and jigs are tight and secure. Ice fishing is fun and can be exciting. You must make sure to have all the necessary equipment needed and on hand.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.