Dale Helgeson's Articles

April 2007


Spring Walleyes:Gearing Up and Jigging Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
The snow is starting to melt from the warm sun which is starting to set later in the day. Even though the lakes are still frozen you know the rivers will be opening up soon. The anticipation every year to get out and fish for some early season walleyes is always high. Getting out the boat and grabbing my favorite rods is always a high point of the year. What to do to prepare for that day before i... more

March 2007


Preparing for the Spring Run
by Dale Helgeson
As you sit in your comfortable heated ice shack slamming the bluegills and crappies through the ice, don't forget that in a month or two it will be time to hit the water. It takes a lot of preparation to get ready again for the open water, specifically the walleye run on the rivers. Ice fishing is a lot of fun and puts fish in my freezer every year. There isn't much that is more anticipate... more

January 2007


Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques
by Dale Helgeson
It is definitely getting to be that time again. The snow is starting to fall temperatures are dropping and ice is forming on the lakes. First ice is a very exciting time to fish every year. The anticipation to fill your bucket full of fish is exciting but there are several techniques that will increase your chances for success. The first thing is you can't be set on just one jigging technique... more

December 2006


Ice Fishing: Preparing for First Ice
by Dale Helgeson
It is a clear cold morning in end of November. Some geese are still flying south for the winter as I drag my Frabill Ranger Solo out for my first excursion on the ice of the year. I am looking forward to icing my first fish. There is nothing like seeing a 10 inch bluegill or a 40 inch northern pike come swimming at the hole on 5 inches of crystal clear ice. But before you can head out onto the ... more

July 2006


Mud Eyes
by Dale Helgeson
It is summertime and the dew is heavy on the truck as I head out to the lake. The may fly hatch is on and they are littered everywhere on the ground. I get to the lake and back my new Action Marine Skeeter 2050ZX into the water and fire up my Yamaha 250 four stroke but instead of heading to my favorite point or rock pile you head out to the flats. It doesn't seem like typical walleye structure and... more

April 2006


Spring Walleye Jigging Techniques
by Dale Helgeson
As you get out of bed to a crisp cool morning full of anticipation catching a limit of elusive walleyes and hoping to land that trophy of a lifetime. Spring time is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to land a trophy walleye. Many trophy walleyes have been taken using the lead head jig tipped with a minnow or plastic or a three way rig with a floating jig head and minnow. Some people... more

March 2006


Preparing for the Spring Run
by Dale Helgeson
As you sit in your comfortable heated ice shack slamming the bluegills and crappies through the ice, don't forget that in a month or two it will be time to hit the water. It takes a lot of preparation to get ready again for the open water, specifically the walleye run on the rivers. Ice fishing is a lot of fun and puts fish in my freezer every year. There isn't much that is more anticipate... more

January 2006


Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques
by Dale Helgeson
It is definitely getting to be that time again. The snow is starting to fall temperatures are dropping and ice is forming on the lakes. First ice is a very exciting time to fish every year. The anticipation to fill your bucket full of fish is exciting but there are several techniques that will increase your chances for success. The first thing is you can't be set on just one jigging technique... more

December 2005


Ice Fishing: Preparing for First Ice
by Dale Helgeson
It is a clear cold morning in end of November. Some geese are still flying south for the winter as I drag my Frabill Ranger Solo out for my first excursion on the ice of the year. I am looking forward to icing my first fish. There is nothing like seeing a 10 inch bluegill or a 40 inch northern pike come swimming at the hole on 5 inches of crystal clear ice. But before you can head out onto the ... more

October 2005


Fall Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
It is that time of year again. The leaves are starting to turn colors, buck have lost their velvet and start marking their territories, geese start their migration south, and you guesses it the big walleyes are coming into to feed and get ready for winter. Fall is a magical time of year. There are so many outdoor opportunities available to us. Many people quit fishing for the pursuit of whiteta... more

May 2005


Opening Day Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
As my alarm rings and breaks the morning silence, I eagerly wake up. Quickly jump into my clothes and head outside to the driveway where my Skeeter 2050ZX is already attached to my truck. Full of anticipation for what the day has in store for me. Everything was prepared the night before including rigging rods and I made sure to go to be early even though I couldn't fall asleep. It is here, ope... more

April 2005


Spring River Trolling
by Dale Helgeson
The ice has washed down river and you are on your way to your favorite river for some spring river walleye fishing. This is one of the most anticipated times of year for many walleye anglers. After being cooped up in the house or fishing through the ice nothing compares to reeling in a monster walleye in the boat. This time of year can be very unpredictable. You can get a foot a snow one day and... more

March 2005


Plastics for Spring River Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
As you get you boat in the cold spring river water you feel the cold crisp air rush up your blood stream to your heart as it starts racing faster with the anticipation of landing a big walleye. Spring time is undoubtedly on of the best time of the year to land a trophy walleye. Many trophy walleyes have been taken using the standard lead head jig tipped with a minnow or a three way rig with a fl... more

February 2005


Trophy Tip-Up Tips
by Dale Helgeson
The ice is here and you want to get into some bigger fish through the ice. There are several options from the great sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago to jigging up trophy walleyes on the Mud Flats of Mille Lacs. But the number one preferred way to chase trophy fish through the ice is with tip-ups. Tip-ups come in many different shapes and sizes from stick tip-ups, wood tip-ups, to plastic tip-... more

January 2005


Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques
by Dale Helgeson
It is definitely getting to be that time again. The snow is starting to fall temperatures are dropping and ice is forming on the lakes. First ice is a very exciting time to fish every year. The anticipation to fill your bucket full of fish is exciting but there are several techniques that will increase your chances for success. The first thing is you can't be set on just one jigging technique... more

December 2004


Getting Ready for Ice Fishing
by Dale Helgeson
It's that time of year again. When you wake up in the morning and have to scrape your windows before you drive to work in the dark and you are lucky to see daylight when you get home from work. But there is one good thing about this time of year. It is going to start forming ice. After the ice starts it is time to break out the ice fishing gear. Before any ice fishing season you should go throug... more

October 2004


Fall Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
It is that time of year again. The leaves are starting to turn colors, buck have lost their velvet and start marking their territories, geese start their migration south, and you guesses it the big walleyes are coming into to feed and get ready for winter. Fall is a magical time of year. There are so many outdoor opportunities available to us. Many people quit fishing for the pursuit of whiteta... more

August 2004


Summer Drift Fishing
by Dale Helgeson
It is early August and the sun is beating down as you head out to your favorite fishing hole. It is here the "Dog Days of Summer". Your mind begins to wonder as to which technique you should try today. Do you troll the weed edges with crawler harness or crank baits, cast rubber worms under piers, or bobber fish the weeds for pan fish. There are many options when it comes to fishing. Although it is... more

July 2004


Trolling for Summer Walleyes
by Dale Helgeson
It is getting into the heart of the summer season and the heat is warming up the water. What technique is best for finding and catching summer walleyes? Some people like to live bait rig structure with slip bobbers and live bait rigs but my number one technique is trolling. Trolling is the number one way to find and locate fish. If the fish are isolated to one piece of structure then live ba... more

June 2004


Crappie Basics
by Dale Helgeson
I cast into a fallen tree along the shore of a small bay and out from under the brush a feel the line get limp. I set the hook and the fight begins. After a short struggle I land a nice crappie. Your line going slack is one of the characteristics of a standard crappie hit. What are some of the triggers for crappies movements and triggering bites? The biggest factors to crappie movements are wa... more

May 2004


Early Season Trolling Tactics
by Dale Helgeson
The open water season is upon us here in Wisconsin. As you head out to your favorite lake you try to decide what will be the best way to find fish. Many people go to their favorite spots that have produced over the years but many people are going to try new waters. One of my favorite techniques for finding fish all year round is trolling. Trolling is a great search technique to find fish faster th... more

April 2004


Spring River Walleye Techniques
by Dale Helgeson
As you look at your breath flowing in the crisp morning air. You look out over the river and see the snow/frost on the trees as you back your boat into the water. Your bundled up like you are going ice fishing but the anticipation is overwhelming. It's that time again. A magical time of year considered by many as the best the whole year has to offer. The Spring Walleye Run is on. Every year ... more

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