Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ice Fishing News

Monday morning I took some guys ice fishing at the Pheasants Forever Habitat Lakes in Victoria, IL. We caught about 350 bluegills in 4 hrs of fishing and released most of them, but each kept 25 for dinner. Here are some pics:

Last week I got a nice email from a client who went ice fishing with our guide Chris. Here are some pics and the email:
Just a final note of thanks to you Nate for hooking me and my family up with Chris for an awesome day on the ice this past Sunday! I had my three teenage kids out for their first time and even my mother came along. She taught me how to ice fish when I was a little kid. Having three generations sharing a great day will never be forgotten.

Chris and his team (Tony, Rebecca, Marcus etc...) were all so very helpful and worked their tails off. We probably caught 200 fish and Chris kept saying it seemed a little SLOW........ He has one heck of a place out there and might have been one of the nicest people I've met. He's a good person to have representing your brand. He's a great asset.

Just wanted to say thank you for coordinating and thought I'd include a couple pictures.

Thanks again,

Also I was sent this picture of Brett holding up a nice crappie caught from Cabin Fever Campground in Victoria. Cabin Fever is a private hunting, fishing, and camping club, but they allow anglers to come in and fish for $10 per day. I recommend hitting the beaver dam on Big Lake or hiking back to the back lakes that arent quite as easy to access.

Wildlife Prairie Park is having an ice fishing tournament this coming Saturday, Feb 12th. I won't be able to make it this year so you guys all have a much better chance of taking home a cash prize....All kidding aside its a super fun event that fills up fast. I think they are limiting the event to the first 300 anglers this year so you will want to pre-register and show up very early to get a good spot.

Cost per team of 2 is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. I would highly recommend calling ahead though to save the hassle on Saturday morning. Contact the park at (309) 676-0998 for reservations. All proceeds benefit WPSP and its programs!


  1. Nate
    Nice looking gills and crappie. What are you guys using for bait, and how deep are the fish this time of year. Great post

  2. We use small jigs of various shapes and size tipped with wax worms or fathead minnows. Fish are usually schooled up and suspended over deep water or spread out and roaming in shallower water. Its pretty common to find schools of fish 12 feet down in 30 foot of water. Good electronics is the key to finding those suspended fish.

  3. if you get overwhelmed, phil is a little slow so david is only working part time right now.