Staying in place is an overlooked strategy that can pay big dividends as one of the best options for icing the biggest fish of the year. Now, before the run-and-gun crowd starts sneering and guffawing at this suggestion, hit the kill button on your auger long enough so you can listen for a moment and open your mind to the possibilities staying in one spot can provide.

I agree that scrambling all over the lake and covering a lot of territory, particularly for perch, is indeed the best route much of the time. That being said, I also relish a little down time come evening in order to put some oversized, mature walleyes on the topside of the ice. In addition, if you desire some portly pike, much of what I am about to relay holds equally true, but pike can be more of a late-afternoon thing.

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