Hard Water Show Ice Fishing Podcast

Hard Water Show Ice Fishing Podcast

The Best Ice Fishing Podcast On the Planet


April 8, 2023 63 mins

In the last episode of season 6 North Woods Dave and Ole join the show to reflect on the ice fishing season.  

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On this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show we welcome back Curt Quesnell.  Curt is a fishing guide with NCOR guide service, longtime radio host and all around awesome fisherman.  We talk about the highlights from the season, and a long term update on fishing with Hummingbird Mega Live forward facing sonar.

You can find him at  Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CQuesnell/ or on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/@curtquesnell...

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March 25, 2023 99 mins

On this episode of the hard water fishing show Jeff & Jason are joined by Ben Blegen and Nick Schertz from the USA Ice fishing team.  For more information go to https://www.usangling.org/ 

We also catch up about our Lake of the Woods trip from early March



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March 1, 2023 74 mins

On this episode of the hard water fishing show Jeff and Jason go live on Facebook for the first time.  Brother Matt joins the show live, ice fishing from a undisclosed lake in northern Minnesota.


You can find the video version of the episode on Facebook here https://fb.watch/i_viueSfNR/ 

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February 16, 2023 63 mins

In this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show Jeff & Jason talk about minnows. When to use them and what fish to target.


Jeff fished with Lake of the woods fishing guide Curt Quesnell from NCOR Guide Service.  Find him on

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CQuesnell 

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_6j6ukUrSdHh_Ay3xrXQfw


Jeff used Limit Creek Rods on lake of the woods, a great alternative to ugly stick more sensitive ...

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In this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show we talk about tip ups & downs. Steve Olson from Ice Hole Heaters is on to talk about stopping your ice hole from freezing up.

Show Notes

Links to Steve's website https://www.iceholeheater.com/ https://cabincustoms.com/ 

Clam Pin Head Minnow https://amzn.to/3X1qUrW 

Sullivan  tip down https://amzn.to/3HXabBN 

Trophy Angler Shuttle Bag, really like this so far http://bit.ly/3jvIC9a 


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January 22, 2023 59 mins

In this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show Jason finds squishy ice conditions. Jeff fishes Mille Lacs Lake.  Listener Spencer has a legend of ice fishing on a sunny day.

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January 12, 2023 105 mins

Jason Mitchell from Jason Mitchell Outdoors joins the show to talk about ice fishing.   For more information on Jason Mitchell Outdoors go to https://www.jasonmitchelloutdoors.com/ 


Check out the official Hard Water Fishing Show website at https://www.hardwatershow.com/ 

Become a patron of the Hard Water Fishing Show at  https://patron.podbean.com/hwfs 

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December 29, 2022 73 mins

In this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show Jeff catches some nice sunfish and Ole fishes Leech Lake recorded live.  


Show Notes

We talked a bit about underwater cameras.  Here is one that my brother in law owns, that I used in my sunfish outing https://amzn.to/3C4z4bc

A new ice rod locker I started using, to protect my fancy new tuned up custom rod https://amzn.to/3GoSMBi  I also considered this one by striker https://amzn.to...

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Jason fishes early ice at Red Lake,  Jeff fishes Mille Lacs and we interview Ryan about the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show.


More Info

A couple links to information we talked about on the show.

Fast snaps that when fishing for easy lure switching.  https://amzn.to/3v05Hmp

Yak Tracks Pro that I used to not fall on my butt on Mille Lacs.  But they should work on any lake :) https://amzn.to/3PF9rn8 

Perch talker by Lindy Lures.  One of my...

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December 5, 2022 74 mins

Jenny Anderson, Girl of 10,000 Lakes joins the show to talk about ice fishing and her ice fishing book 123 Ice Fishing.  

You can find the book on her web site 123icefishing.com , and use the code HWFS for 15% off.

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November 29, 2022 76 mins

In this episode we go back to the buffet for seconds and thirds.  Jeff attended the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo and went to some seminars.  Also we take a few listener questions. Julie Henson shares a ice fishing legend of ice fishing as a kid and catching a big walleye.



We talked a bit MN-Fish, who represents the interests for all anglers, clubs, local organizations and industry stakeholders. 

Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo


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In this episode Jeff and Jason cover Ice fishing safety, and have award winning ice shack customizer Jay Peterson.

  Jay Peterson

Jay Peterson, who has customized ice shacks that have most recently been seen at the North Metro Ice Show presented by Thorn Brothers.  You can check it out on YouTube here   http://bit.ly/3UVHTLH 

Jay is a retired volunteer firefighter and race car driver, and currently a tournament bass fisherman, boat...

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November 3, 2022 71 mins

Guest Matthew from Amped Outdoors talks about the benefits of using lithium batteries to keep your electronics running longer on the ice.  For more information on amped outdoors go to https://bit.ly/3SVhMDb 

A Minnesota record hybrid sunfish was caught.  Here are the links to all the Minnesota state fishing records https://bit.ly/3zHslTr 

Thomas asked about some entry level flashers.  Jason likes the Marcum M1 https://amzn.to/3sRbm...

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October 19, 2022 76 mins

In this episode of the Hard Water Fishing Show Jeff and Jason talk about the latest trends in portable hub and flip over ice fishing shacks.  Jeff asks if you toot like a train whistle or bark like a husky dog when participating in a snow dog train.  Jason wonders if we are shaped like pillows or kegs. A legend from red lake long ago is told.

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Jon from from Nailed It Builds reviews his custom ice sled builds.  Jon also shares a legend about a fishing pole that his buddy has mixed feelings about. You can find him on YouTube https://bit.ly/3dNLU4F  and Facebook https://bit.ly/3f81Yi0

Fact Checks

Berkley Flickr shad in pearl white https://amzn.to/3eWEpZz - Referred to this as a Rapala in season 6 episode 1.

Mepps Syclops  https://amzn.to/3BNMUza  - Called this lure a Lazy I...

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September 17, 2022 67 mins

In the first episode of season six Jeff and Jason cover our summer fishing, and take a deep dive into the electrifying world of bow mount trolling motors.

Beers Jeff - Indeed brewing - Day Tripper https://bit.ly/3BpqnHg 

This beer had dank hops, and we discuss this in detail.   It was very tasty but would not make my top 10.


There might be a little dust on the bottle, its a home brew.  Made by Jason's dad.  

Fishing Report


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In the final episode of season five of the hard water fishing show we talk about our Fish Donkey tournament winners and ice fishing out of a snow bear. We also have a on site wrap up of the 22nd annual Hard Water Invitational from the shores of Devils Lake.


Fish Donkey Tournament 


Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone for participating. 


Snow Bear Rental

Here is a link from where we rented ...

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February 4, 2022 35 mins

In this episode Jeff and Jason attend the Hard Water Freaks annual ice event and record live.  We four guests join us from the event Max from Hard Water Freaks, Caleb from Fishing For the Heart Meagan from Casting Queens and Robert from DryHootch.


Max from Hard Water Freaks

Max from Hard Water Freaks joins us for a quick interview about the annual ice event. The ice event benefits many amazing causes with the goal of brining the ...

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January 28, 2022 45 mins

In this episode of the hard water fishing show Jeff and Jason talk about sunfish identification and minnow hooking tactics.

Identifying Sunfish

Here is a great video on identifying sunfish by angling buzz on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJLq371hYSU 


Here is another link for more details about sunfish from the Minnesota DNR https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fish/sunfish/biology.html#:~:text=Cheeks%20and%20gill%20covers%20are...

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