Mike Frisch's Articles

November 2016

Tips for more winter fishing success!
by Mike Frisch
Ice fishing season will soon be here, meaning thousands of eager anglers across the northern states will soon be venturing out searching for their favorite fish species. Regardless the species sought, the following tips can probably help anglers in their winter fishing this year. Stay Mobile Maybe the biggest difference between open-water fishing and ice angling is that open-water allows angl... more

September 2016

Fall Walleye Tips
by Mike Frisch
The fall months have reputations for being some of the best months of the entire year for fishing as most fish species, walleyes included, are actively feeding during this time. However, simply hitting the water and wetting a line does not guarantee success. In fact, because fall walleyes can be shallow to very deep and everywhere in between, and because they can be caught lots of ways, this can... more

June 2016

Big summer bass on the flats!
by Mike Frisch
Lots of Midwestern bass anglers, this one included, like to fish the deep or outside edge of the weed line utilizing spinning gear and jig-worm style baits. Jig-worming the deep weed line is, in fact, a favorite technique of lots of fishing guides who prefer this fishing method for its simplicity and the number of bass and other fish species often caught. At times, however, the bite can be bette... more

May 2016

Early Season Bassin’
by Mike Frisch
Spring largemouth bass fishing is usually a shallow water affair as these fish are often in, and around, shallow water cover at this time. Pencil reed patches, boat docks, fallen trees, and any other shallow cover will often harbor largemouth bass as they go through their spawning ritual, and also roam the shallows looking for food. When chasing "largies" at this time, I often rely on two bait p... more

April 2016

Crappie time!
by Mike Frisch
Many Midwestern lakes are ice free, and for the anxious open-water angler that means its crappie time! These scrappy panfish take center stage for many anglers now because, as panfish, they are legal for the taking, while gamefish like walleyes and northern pike are still protected by some state's closed gamefish fishing seasons. Crappie anglers often think shallow water and finding the warm... more

January 2016

The Winter Perch Search!
by Mike Frisch
One of my favorite winter fish species to chase is yellow perch. These fish grow big and feisty in some waters and are very tasty table fare too. Here is a look at some tips to put jumbos on the ice and in the frying pan this winter. The first step in finding winter perch is choosing the right body of water, targeting a lake with a reputation for producing jumbos is sound advice. Lots of ... more

December 2013

Quick trip walleye!
by Mike Frisch
Across the ice belt there is no better time to put walleye on the ice - and eventually in the fry pan - than right now. Lots of us who love to fish live within easy driving distance of a body of water that probably has walleye swimming in it and, a quick end- of-the-day ice fishing trip can probably result in at least enough fish for a meal. Here are some suggestions for a simple, yet effective ... more

September 2013

Not Too Late!
by Mike Frisch
The start of another school year means the end of summer for many folks. While that is a bit regrettable, fall means hunting, Halloween, and lots of other fun activities. Even though this is a time of year when lots of folks are winding up the fishing season, it is still a great opportunity to get the family out on the water and enjoy some good fishing action. Here are some advantages to fall f... more

August 2013

Big Boat, Big Control!
by Mike Frisch
As a multi-species fishing guide, I have found that having a big boat is advantageous. While a big fishing boat isn't desired, or needed for that matter, by every angler, serious anglers who consistently fish big waters and, or chase a variety of fish species are often more successful fishing from a big boat. Just as importantly, however, is the ability to effectively control that boat allowing ... more

July 2013

Crank a Flat, Catch a Walleye!
by Mike Frisch
Finding and catching summer walleye can be a challenge. Though walleye are typically feeding during summer, lakes are often full of "walleye food" at this time, meaning our baits have lots of competition when it comes to getting eaten by a fish. For that reason, I often prefer to troll a crankbait at this time. Crankbaits typically shine during the warm water period of summer when the action,... more

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