Approach a new lake with confidence and know-how

By George Krumm

You’ve all seen the pictures. Mammoth lake trout; stunning Arctic char, perhaps large northern pike or a limit of stocked rainbow trout; all of these caught through the ice. Yet ice fishing seems so foreign. You can’t see into the lake; all you see is an expanse of white and the geography around the lake. So, how do you approach a new lake?

Putting yourself into one of the pictures referred to above can happen by sheer luck; however, ice anglers who do it consistently do their homework. Successfully tackling a new lake is best done in phases: Research, developing a game plan, executing the game plan, and recording results. This content is available for subscribers only.

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