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D&R Sport Center will host a “West Michigan Ice Fishing Show” Dec. 2-3 at the Kalamazoo store.

The free program spotlights seminars from top ice anglers both Saturday and Sunday as well as factory reps from some of the top ice gear manufacturers.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, call D&R Sports, 269-372-2277.

By Louie Stout

Ice fishing has gone high-tech.

Photo courtesy of Bill Lindner/Humminbird

If it’s been awhile since you’ve 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 today’s 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 Club’s 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.

(Provided by Michigan DNR)

Tip-ups offer anglers more options on the ice.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."