Walleyes through the ice tend to be classified as finicky and hard to catch. The reason for this “generalization” is that winter marble eyes get classified as just that, “inactive fish.” An angler’s mentality completely changes when the ice forms and they tend to look at ice walleyes totally different than in open water eyes. Remember that these are the same fish, just a different time of year.

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Major breakthrough in ice lures resonates with sonar users Nearly thirty years ago, ice fishermen started toying with a newfangled type of portable electronic device. At once, the formerly unknown factors of depth, fish presence and bottom content were revealed. What’s more, anglers were transfixed by the sight of their lure dancing on little neon-lit dials—direct reflections of the jigging motions of their rod.

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