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April 2007

  • Spring Walleyes:Gearing Up and Jigging Walleyes

    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 grabbi...

March 2007

  • Preparing for the Spring Run

    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 fish...

January 2007

  • Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques

    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 in...

December 2006

  • Ice Fishing: Preparing for First Ice

    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 ...

July 2006

  • Mud Eyes

    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 favor...

April 2006

  • Spring Walleye Jigging Techniques

    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...

March 2006

  • Preparing for the Spring Run

    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 fish...

January 2006

  • Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques

    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 in...

December 2005

  • Ice Fishing: Preparing for First Ice

    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 ...

October 2005

  • Fall Walleyes

    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 ar...

May 2005

  • Opening Day Walleyes

    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 ri...

April 2005

  • Spring River Trolling

    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 walle...

March 2005

  • Plastics for Spring River Walleyes

    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 walleye...

February 2005

  • Trophy Tip-Up Tips

    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....

January 2005

  • Ice Jigging Pan Fish Techniques

    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 in...

December 2004

  • Getting Ready for Ice Fishing

    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 start...

October 2004

  • Fall Walleyes

    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 ar...

August 2004

  • Summer Drift Fishing

    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...

July 2004

  • Trolling for Summer Walleyes

    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 num...

June 2004

  • Crappie Basics

    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 t...

May 2004

  • Early Season Trolling Tactics

    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 ...

April 2004

  • Spring River Walleye Techniques

    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 conside...

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