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Back to Basics Bluegill

Back to Basics Bluegill

Every year I try something new when targeting panfish, specifically bluegills. I may try a larger jig, spider or some other type of lure to catch bigger panfish. Or I might try micro lures to entice these tasty treats.

Summer Time Blues

Summer Time Blues

This summer has been a hot one. I was fishing the other day and drove a crossed some bass beds with magnum bluegills on them.

Two Armed Success

Two Armed Success

This past weekend was free fishing weekend in Michigan. Meaning, no license needed to get out on the water. I took full advantage of this to get my wife out fishing.

Getting the Itch

Getting the Itch

Well it’s that time of year again. Getting the itch to go ice fishing. Summer has come and gone. The water temperatures in the lakes are falling fast.

Do you see what I see

Do you see what I see

Each year lakes freeze, suspended particles settle and the water clears, sometimes to the point that you are able to see many feet down your hole.

Bluegills, Bluegills and More Bluegills!

Bluegills, Bluegills and More Bluegills!

As the temperature drops and the first snow flurries fall, puddles start to freeze overnight and my mind like, so many others across the ice belt, is focused on ice fishing.

Size Matters!

Size Matters!

One style of fishing I find interesting and love to utilize when it is called for is ‘long rodding’. This ice fishing technique is extremely popular in the southern parts here in Wisconsin.

Bill Ferris Saginaw Bay Ice Fishing Walleye

Bill Ferris Seminar Panfish through the Ice

If you’d like to learn more about panfishing through the ice, this is your ticket. Come out and join Stopper pro-staffer Bill Ferris, one night only at Vern’s Repair and Sport for a free seminar! Local ice fishing guru & K&E Tackle pro staff member Bill Ferris will be sharing his knowledge and expertise with you, highlighting techniques […]

Reel and rod on the ice with a nice mess of panfish

Tis The Season for Ice Fishing

Getting fired up for frozen water! Well it’s that time of year when deer season is winding down and the cold weather is coming on. I get all pumped up about the upcoming season of fishing for bluegills and crappies through the ice. I have been getting equipment out, cleaning the dust off, checking line, jigs and […]

The other half of team Hard Water Maniacs, Mandy MacHaffie shows off a big bull bluegill caught through the ice

Tungsten Tactics for Ice Fishing Success

Tungsten jigs are definitely becoming the hot item to have in your ice fishing arsenal these days. Their popularity is only growing. Being three times heavier than lead, tungsten can be molded with a small profile yet maintain a heavy weight when you have to get back down to fish quickly. Tungsten jigs easily drop […]

Instead of waiting for first ice, this angler borrowed a duck boat and caught some nice bluegills in Southern Michigan

Ice-less Ice Fishing

With the mild weather keeping many ice anglers frustrated, some fishermen are getting creative to catch their ‛first ice’ gills. This angler was spotted on a lake in Barry County in a borrowed duck boat. The anonymous angler got out late, but was still able to catch a dozen nice bluegills in about half an […]

Late season scouting for early ice panfish produced these slab crappie for Ray Tiffany and Mandolyn MacHaffie

Late Summer Scouting For Early Ice Fishing Success!

Late August into October can produce some of the best panfish success of the season for many anglers. The weather is beginning to cool. The dog days of a body of water should be at an end or nearly there, and water clarity should be returning to a mere green hew instead of pea soup. […]

Young Angler With Panfish caught while ice fishing

Panfish Transition Under the Ice

Deep water, shallow water flats, suspended fish or bottom hugging fish – what is the answer in locating winter panfish under the ice? It depends on a few variables and the species. Once old man winter grabs hold of a lake, the lake goes through changes. First ice often places the fish shallow. Any green […]

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