We’re in that awkward “in-between” time of year right now where I’m at…lakes and accesses are getting pretty frosty – some even started to skim over with ice. Marks the end of my open-water season 😔 and soon I’ll be pacing the shorelines hahaha.
In honor of the upcoming hardwater season, I’m gonna bring back this video from early-ice last year to maybe give you a little inspiration to start the year.
Sometimes bigger is better, especially during early-ice when oxygen levels are high and fish are hot-to-trot. Can be a great time of year to bust out the rattlebaits (😏 not just a Lake Winnipeg thing). Don’t be afraid to try ’em on your local watering holes.
These Midwesterners were chowing a #6 Rapala Rippin’ Rap in the “Helsinki shad” color. Noticed lots of tiny shiners on the electronics and even being spat up in the hole, so I added a #6 VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble to the front belly hook because it had that same profile/flash – 🎯 they were lovin’ it!