By Louie Stout
Photo courtesy of Bill Lindner/Humminbird
If its been awhile since youve looked at ice fishing tackle in a sporting goods retail store, brace yourself for sticker shock.
You can still find a few of those cheap ice rods that include line, bobber and jig. You know the kind that the line wrapped around a wire handle.
You also can walk out of a store with an inexpensive ice rod and reel, a handful of jigs and tub of bait that will get you on the ice for around $20.
But todays ice gear manufacturers offer some high tech options and anglers are taking advantage of it. Those who use the more sophisticated equipment swear they are far more efficient at finding fish and getting them to bite.
The Bremen Conservation Clubs 13th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Saturday at Lake of the Woods has been cancelled.
The derby was originally scheduled for Jan. 30 but officials postponed it for Feb. 13 due to unsafe ice. They said this week the event was cancelled for the same reason.
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Tom Goniea credits tip-ups with converting him into an ice fisherman.
A Michigan DNR fisheries biologist, Goniea said he'd never been ice fishing when a buddy invited him to set tip-ups. He took an immediate liking to it.
"I felt like an 8-year-old on the ice," Goniea said. "I was happy to just get flags and I was perfectly content to catch undersized pike. Tip-ups are relatively easy to set up, relatively easy to use, and pike are relatively easy to catch.
"But I went on to research where there were lakes with populations that had larger pike in them and started chasing them."
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Long ice fishing trips can be tough to pull off and carving out a full day on the ice can at a challenge for a lot of people.
However, opportunities abound for quick trips offering great fishing shortly after darkness falls.
My favorites are early evening trips for walleyes or crappies, says longtime guide, decorated tournament champion and avowed night owl Scott Glorvigen. With a little planning, its easy to get away after work for a couple of hours and enjoy solid action, with a shot at trophy fish.
Gearing Up: Organization is critical.