No matter the species, Ontario OUT of DOORS experts have ice fishing tips and trick to share, from panfish to steelhead to walleye, and more.

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Cutting ice fishing holes doesn't have to be hard

by Gord Ellis | December 27, 2019

Cutting holes is a job that every angler has to do, but with the right tools, it doesn't have to be the hardest.

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Hot ice fishing in the deep freeze near Manitouwadge

by James Smedley | December 10, 2019

James Smedley writes about great fishing during extreme cold temperatures, and the boreal generosity of an outfitter north of Manitouwadge.

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Slip-float fishing for winter pike

by Lyle Gayder | February 22, 2019

Using big slip floats to present large shiners to ice-bound pike has become a favourite technique of mine. It works as both a primary method and like a tip-up, as a secondary rod, away from the hut.

Walleye

5 Must-have lure styles for winter walleye

by Tim Allard | March 15, 2018

You don’t need a huge collection of ice fishing lures to catch walleye. In fact, all you need are a couple baits... and you’ll be setting hooks all day long.

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Keep your ice action hot during the deep-freeze

by JP Bushey | January 23, 2018

Mobility, gear performance, and fish activity levels are all impacted by frigid conditions. Want to keep your ice game hot when the mercury really drops this winter? Try these tips.

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Expert tips to ice big bluegills

by Tim Allard | January 4, 2018

Want to catch giant bluegills? These tips will help... Locating and catching trophy bluegills will test an angler’s ice-fishing chops.

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Tips to catch those last chance lakers

by Ben Beattie | March 13, 2017

The end of winter may be just around the corner, but the best ice fishing of the season isn't over. Late ice means great weather and hungry lakers across Ontario’s ice belt.

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6 Finesse tips to catch more walleye

by Tim Allard | March 10, 2017

Ice fishing walleye during the day is typically a finesse game. Try these tricks to fool picky fish during the day.

Can’t miss ice-jigging lure options

by Bob McGary | March 2, 2017

Knowing how and when to choose specific ice fishing jigging lures can go a long way to improving winter success.