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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."

(Provided by All Creative Media)

After-Work Walleyes and Crappies

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, it’s 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.

The Bremen Conservation Club will host its 13th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, Feb. 13 at Lake of the Woods, Bremen, Indiana.

The derby was originally scheduled for Jan. 30 but officials said they didnít think ice would be safe enough so it was postponed until the 13th.

Registration begins at 5 a.m. at the Community Building and fishing will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10.

The Club will again involve the Bremen Boys and Girls Club and will again share proceeds with them.

By Chip Leer

Get The Drop On Winter Panfish

The most productive ice anglers I know pay attention to the rate at which a lure falls through the water.

A slower fall will entice more strikes, especially if fish are highly pressured by anglers or affected by weather.

Actively feeding fish may hit fast-falling lures with abandon. But most of the time we're faced with fish that aren't super aggressive, and they need more time to eyeball the bait before deciding whether or not to eat it.

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The Fine Art of Layering Clothes for Cold-Weather Fishing

Ice anglers often battle brutally bitter conditions, which makes choosing the right winter attire paramount in the quest to catch more fish.

“Staying comfortable on the ice allows you to fish harder, longer,” says veteran cold-weather fishing guide Bernie Keefe. “Once you start shivering or can’t feel your toes, both efficiency and enjoyment are gone with the wind.”

Hailing from the frequently frigid Colorado high-country near Granby, Keefe wins the cold war by strategically layering warm clothing to allow personal climate control no matter the conditions.

“Layering lets you adjust to the temperature and your activity levels to stay happy and fishing hard all day long,” he says.

Conversely, simply throwing on a massive, bulky coat puts all your eggs in one basket. “If you get warm and all you’re wearing on top is a t-shirt and giant parka, your only options are sweating it out inside the thick jacket or taking it off and freezing to death,” he says, noting that the sweatier option can also end in hypothermia, once profuse perspiration sparks the cooling process.

Keefe’s personal layering system begins with merino wool long underwear over the unmentionables, followed by warm and lightweight fleece pants and shirt such as Clam Outdoors’ Sub-Zero Base Layer.

“After the fleece, I add a pullover hoodie and fleece vest on top, then put on my outerwear,” he says, noting that Clam’s Ice Armor LiftSuit offers a fine blend of mobility, warmth and buoyancy.

“Don’t forget your head,” he laughs, only half kidding. “I use an Ice Armor Neck Gaiter and thick fleece Toque, which keep my head and neck warm no matter what.”

On his feet, Keefe starts with two pairs of moisture-wicking socks, then adds a heavy pair of wool socks followed by waterproof, professional-grade winter footwear such as Clam’s Ice Armor Onyx boots.

“Your hands are equally vulnerable yet mission critical,” he adds. “I bring a heavy pair of gloves for non-dexterous daytime duties, plus two pairs of light gloves for holding the fishing rod and other delicate tasks that require me to use my fingers. Since the light gloves get cold, fast, I keep the pair I’m not wearing against my chest, and rotate the pairs frequently so I’m always wearing warm gloves.”

Clothing care is also important, Keefe says.

“When you get off the ice at the end of the day, don’t peel everything off and throw it in a pile or you’ll be miserable tomorrow,” he warns. “Set your boot liners, gloves, socks, underwear and everything else where it can dry out overnight, otherwise it will still be wet in the morning and let the cold in faster than you can say, ‘Shoot, I’m freezing.’”