Reige: Learning to ice fish

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010


With the great fall weather that we are having it is hard to think about ice fishing. Believe it or not, the ice season is just around the corner and the first ice fishing sportshow will be in early December.

Lrn2Fish is a series of schools, designed by fishermen for fishermen, who cater to both the new or experienced angler, either open water or ice anglers alike. Having a legendary list of the most influential names in the fishing industry to teach these schools, they have developed a hands on approach along with a one on one learning environment to help you become a better angler. All of this experience and knowledge will be shared with you, both in the classroom and on the water, and will be taught in a very easy to understand and enjoyable setting. Lrn2Fish has handpicked each school destination to be held on waters with the best bites known in the fishing circle. All of this, along with the years of educating hundreds of anglers through the Ice Roads programs, has allowed Lrn2Fish to become the number one choice by those looking to increase their knowledge of the sport of fishing.

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In order to participate you should have some cold weather clothing, but you do not have to have any fishing gear. If you have all the latest gear bring it along. The instructors will be more than happy to help you understand and compare your gear with some that they use. This is a perfect school for adults to bring along a spouse, friend or a parent and get first hand knowledge on the one of the largest growing winter sports in the ice belt.

The first installment of the 2011 Ice Roads will be on Jan. 14 to 15, Walleye Weekend on Leech Lake in Walker, Minn..

For this two day school, the famed Lrn2Fish instructors will be teaching you all the tricks of the trade in the world of ice walleyes, helping you from start to finish, to putt together a solid game plan to consistently ice more fish during your ice outings. To make things even better, your walleye learning curve will be advanced greatly by the water you will be fishing. A large number of walleyes call the famed waters of Leech Lake home, making this lake the place to be in the ice-belt! Oh, and there is some great perch fishing too!!

The host site for the school will be Anderson’s Horseshoe Bay Lodge, situated right on the shore and right adjacent to some of the most premier walleye fishing Leech has to offer. Horseshoe Bay has all the amenities each student attending will need.

The school will start at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, including a dinner for each participant, and then an evening of seminars. Saturday you will be on the ice all day, minus a break in the afternoon for lunch. Price for this school is $200.00 per student and DOES NOT include lodging and meals (except the Friday night dinner).

Registration is open on Oct. 15 at

The next stop on the Ice Roads curriculum will be on Lake Okoboji for the Blugill-Rama, Feb. 25 to 27.

This year Ice Roads will be hosting the most in-depth school, keeping with the theme of bringing you to the hottest fishing destinations in the ice belt, by heading to the Great Lakes of Iowa, searching for behemoth bluegills in the crystal clear waters of Lake Okoboji. This curriculum will give you all the tools necessary to become a master at locating and then catching bull bluegills, along with showing you proper methods of jigging to entice the bite. Everything from beginning your search at home through map reading to proper placement of drilled holes to searching with both your Vexilar and your eyes will be covered thoroughly.

With the likes of Dave Genz, Jim Hudson, Don Cox, Jim Kusuda and the local knowledge of Scott Reed and Rod Woten you will be taught by the best of the best for this body of water. Each has years of experience in the search for bluegill, fishing countless bodies of water for these species, including pursuing monster gills. Also, staff from the family of sponsors will be on site bringing some treats to fill your gift bag that will be an immediate help at this school.

The host site we will be fishing is Camp Okoboji. Friday the school, will start at 10 a.m. for check-in. Starting at 12 p.m., the beginning seminars will help all students orientate themselves with the goals of the school and the lake itself. Saturday and Sunday will be reserved for fishing time, where you will have hands on demonstration from our instructors. This school is all-inclusive, all your lodging and meals are included in the price of $450. This school will take place on Feb. 25 to 27 2011 and is limited to the first 40 participants.

Again, registration will open Oct. 15 at the lrn2fish website.

The last stop on Ice Roads School will be March 11 to 12 in Northern Wisconsin on Lake Namakagon, for Crappie Boom.

With March the game fish season has come to a close. March equates to late ice and serious pan fish enthusiasts have set their sights on getting the most out of this time of year. And this late ice phenomenon is what we will be bringing you, in the way of a Crappie Boom, for the last of our Ice Roads schools of the 2011 season.

Lake Namakagon has had a huge explosion of crappies and the fish put on a yearly feeding frenzy. The instructors will show you how to capitalize on this feeding attitude of late ice fish. From the latest and greatest techniques and tools of the trade to the tried and true presentations of the past, you will learn it all.

The host site will be Lakewoods Resort. From great lodging to amazing food, Lakewoods, is famous for its on-site amenities to cater to all your needs during your visit to Namakagon.

This school will follow the same schedule and pricing as the Leech Lake one.

For registration material and more information contact Jim and Hannah Hudson at Hope to see you at one of the schools this winter. We will be there as instructors and as students. We can hardly wait.