The Inside Scoop on Icefishing in Red Lake

The Inside Scoop on Icefishing in Red Lake

“It’s all about rumors. Where you hear the fish are biting.” – Randy Nelson, KING Director of Purchasing

Randy Nelson’s fish house, out on Red Lake in Minnesota. (Photo by Craig Bartyzal, KING VP of Sales)

At KING, we live the lifestyle of our customers. Our team is comprised of RVers, weekend campers, and devout fishermen. Randy Nelson, KING’s director of purchasing, is our icefisherman-in-residence. He has his very own icehouse that he takes out once the lake freezes.

“My fish house is basically a camper that drops down on the ice. My wife and I, every weekend–every winter–that’s where you’ll find us, on frozen lakes,” he said.

Last week, Nelson managed to catch and eat a limit each day. “Not an easy tasks, eating three that is,” he said. With 13.5″ of ice on Red Lake, and -11 degree weather, it was the ideal setting to kick back and relax while he waited for his lines to move.

He also hooked up his KING Tailgater satellite TV antenna and watched some DISH programming to bide time in between bites.

Does he have any tips to offer fellow fishermen who are just getting their feet wet? Nelson said it’s not worth it to sit around, if you can’t catch anything.

“I don’t go if the fish aren’t biting. I’ll go to a different lake. It’s all about rumors. Where you hear the fish are biting.”

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