Ice Fishing with Dave Genz on Lake of the Woods

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 Dec 12th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Dec 12th, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Ice Fishing with Dave Genz on Lake of the Woods

He is called the “Godfather” of ice fishing. Dave Genz of Clam Outdoors is known and respected throughout the ice fishing world regardless of where you live or what products you favor using. Dave is the inventor of the flip over collapsible fish house as well as an influencer in rods, reels and tackle in the ice fishing industry. Last year, I had the privilege for the first time to spend some time in a fish house and actually ice fish with Dave Genz on Lake of the Woods.

Dave Genz, Lake of the Woods

One of the things I so appreciate about Dave is he is humble and a real guy. Despite his reputation in the ice fishing industry and notoriety, his down to earth nature and willingness to chat about ice fishing is refreshing. He is also one heck of a stick.

While I went with the normal lures and presentations that catch LOW walleyes for me, Dave was working some different methods I certainly had my eye on. Using a few wax worms on a new Clam jigging spoon was one of them. Yes, he definitely caught fish on it and with the huge expanse of mud basin with all of the living critters walleyes and saugers eat out of the mud, it made sense.

The event that brought us together was Ice Team University. Each year, Clam Outdoors has a university at a different location across the ice belt. It is an opportunity for participants to break up into small groups and fish with Clam pros. In the evening after dinner, the pros will put on seminars discussing different topics about ice fishing that as you can imagine, resonate well with this kind of audience. The learning that takes place rubbing elbows with guys and gals who are passionate about ice fishing is valuable. Let’s just say there is a lot of unconscious competence at an event like this.

The below video was part of Midwest Outdoors filming at last year’s Ice Team University which took place on Lake of the Woods at Arnesen’s Rocky Point.

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