Noel Vick's Articles

March 2012


Midwinter Crappies in the Mid-South
by Noel Vick
Written in conjunction with Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Crappies call like the Siren's song. No matter where on God's green earth - or frozen planet for that matter - Bro is presently placed, he hears crappies calling. Most often, during the dark days of winter, they whisper things like "come here big boy" and "catch me if you can" through feet of snow-packed ice. Bro answers with his auger and an a... more

February 2012


Ghosts of the Lake
by Noel Vick
With Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Few see them. Others either dismiss the sightings as hooey or are cursed to believe but never catch even a fleeting glimpse of one. These, you might call freshwater poltergeists, can be as common as the ghosts of missing mariners on pirate vessels, but still scarcely witnessed. Believers see them. Brian "Bro" Brosdahl sees them, and then catches them like genies in a b... more

April 2010


The Water Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
by Noel Vick
River expert Bill Plantan never leaves home without 'em: a full battery of prerigged rods and reels The world's a harmonious place when Bill Plantan slides his canoe inconspicuously into the flow. A morning fog masks his craft, its intentions, and most of the river panorama. Unseen riffles trickle. Something crunches in the dried leaf litter, likely a squirrel, maybe an angler making his w... more

May 2004


Live Bait Hooking Options - Which Way is Best?
by Noel Vick
In simple mathematics, the sum is always greater than the parts. In fishing, a jig is just a jig and a minnow is just a minnow when they stand alone. However, if you put them together, they make a lethal combination for springtime walleyes across the Midwest. Like Puckett and Hrbek or Garnett and Cassell, it becomes a powerful 1-2 punch that leaves the opposition (in this case walleyes) fit to ... more

March 2003


Economizing Scope and Improving Results
by Noel Vick
Bill Plantan, an impassioned river buff, often speaks about this guy who owned a big boat – the fast and glass sort – and nearly exclusively launched it on big water. One day, for whatever reason, he bought a canoe, a River Ridge Custom Canoe, and thus began a new chapter in his fishing career. As it turns out, that chapter evolved into a book, because once he learned how to fish movin... more

April 2001


Panfish on Really Small Water
by Noel Vick
From coast to coast, panfish anglers embrace the arrival of spring. Unsafe black ice has vanished and our beloved bluegills and crappies frolic in predictable places. Classic shallow and stained-water locations host much of the activity. Wind protected bays and river backwaters rank high. Many of these venues are considered “community spots", where boats pile up and shore-casters line ... more

March 2001


Hardwater and Sonar… Inseparable
by Noel Vick
"If there's a single piece of ice fishing equipment that will double your catch, it's portable sonar." Good stories make good lead-ins. And during a recent interview with On Ice Tour's Chip Leer and Tommy Skarlis, Chip broke into the following… "I was winter guiding on little northern Minnesota lake. Our crew was after crappies and it didn't take us long to find fish suspended in 35-feet of ... more

February 2001


‘Eyes Up High
by Noel Vick
On Ice Tour cofounder Chip Leer recounts a valuable ice fishing experience… "I was running fish houses for a resort on Lake of the Woods’ Oak Island…way up north. And I’ll never forget how this kid who worked at a neighboring resort proved that there’s no such thing as too shallow for winter walleyes. The kid headed out to catch a meal of walleyes one evening. Short on time, he took t... more

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