Ice fishing is something that many enjoy but right now we have to head north to find safe ice.
Next week I'll be heading to Grand Rapids Minnesota to ice fish for a couple days with Fishing and Outdoor Radio co-host partner Jim DaRosa and the people from Frabill, MarCum Technologies and Visit Grand Rapids. We'll be taping a TV show on ice fishing and on Wednesday night, we'll be broadcasting our radio show from up there.
Lakes on the list for fishing will be Pokegama, Winnibigoshish, Cutfoot Sioux and Bowstring, all minutes away From Grand Rapids. And we'll be fishing with Tom Neustrom, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, Scott & Marty Glorvigen, Tony Roach, Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, Paul Nelson, Pat Kalmerton, Jeff Sundin and Rob Hamlin. I know a few of these guys and one things for sure, we'll have a great time.
Fishing will be for perch, walleye, bluegills, pike and crappies. We'll see what we go after once we get there and I'm confident that we'll get some fish.
But one thing that I don't expect to get is a muskie. I rarely hear of anyone getting a muskie while ice fishing. That thought passed through my mind when I was reading the details on this trip and oddly enough, I got an email from Scott Buechel who works at Boulder Marine in Boulder Junction Wisconsin.
Scott told me that the other night he had a big fish on for a short period of time. He saw it on the electronics three different times. He said that to entice the monster fish to bite he tried a very aggressive jigging action with a Jigging Rapala. Scott sent me a photo of the mangled Rapala. The rear hook was pulled way back.
Yesterday morning (2/14), Scott sat at the same hole for no more than 5 minutes and he saw the big fish again. Scott returned to his aggressive jigging pattern and the fish smashed it.
It ends up that it was a 35 inch muskie probably weighing about 10 pounds or more. The fish wrapped the line around his body while he played the fish so it was tough to get him up the hole. The fight lasted about 15 minutes and getting it out of the hole was a bit tricky. A quick photo was taken and the big ski went back in the water.
Persistence pays off If you think, or know that there's a big fish to catch... Go for it and don't give up.