Getting Ready for Ice Fishing

November 16, 2015 6:52 am0 commentsViews: 24

We are having a early morning thunderstorm here in Minneapolis, but it is mid November so that means Ice Fishing season will be here sooner or later.

My personal best fish through the ice was a 16.1 pound Lake Trout, which I caught in the first hour of my first ever Lake Trout fishing effort. Beginners luck I suspect. Won the 3 day best fish that year for our group of about a dozen, all members of the Southtown Exchange club.

For the annual trip we would snowmobile into Lake Rowan in Canada and then spelake troutnd the entire day on the ice in the open air. No portable ice shelters, just warm clothes and determination.

Our lure of choice was an Airplane jig, which would cover a fair amount of territory when jigged.

Lake trout are a cold water fish and we were fishing deep, and blindly for the most part. Now this was about 20 years ago, so we did not have a lot of the gear you might bring along these days.

Here’s a video by Ben Putman called, “Ely Ice Guides Lake Trout Ice Fishing.” You will see that catching a Laker can be a lot of fun as they are willing and able to put up a good fight.

Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. Other names for it include mackinaw, lake char (or charr), touladi, togue, and grey trout. In Lake Superior, it can also be variously known as siscowet, paperbelly and lean. The lake trout is prized both as a game fish and as a food fish. (

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