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Matt Specializes in Panfish...
Crappies and Bluegills, but also
targets Catfish, Bass, Pike and
Walleye as well...
Matt has been guiding since 2003
but has been fishing the Metro
Area, Minnesota his entire life.
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Your Guide:
Matt Johnson
About the
If you have any questions or would like to book a trip for a large
group, please contact Matt and a deal can be worked out.
With fish averaging 18-21
inches and weighing about 2-3
pounds, it makes getting on a
school of these brutes very
worth while. Often times,
these catfish will stack up in
one spot and its not
uncommon to have 15-20 fish
underneath you at one time. These catfish are typically found
in deeper holes and along deep edges. You can find them
suspended throughout the water column and the
misconception of bottom hugging catfish doesn't apply out on
the Chain in the winter. Catching catfish a few feet below the
ice does happen. The experience of catching a catfish
through the ice is like none other. Catfish are generally light
biters in the winter, and act much like a crappie when they
take the bait. A slight bend of the rod tip or a twitch in the line
is the only indication of a bite some days. The hook-set is a
different story though. Catfish are strong fish, and it feels as if
you hooked into a cinder block when you set the hook into one
of these whiskered fish. Catfish through the ice are in a
league of their own.
Contact Info
Matt can be contacted via telephone, email or by clicking on the
"Book a Trip" link to the right.

Feel free to contact Matt if you have any questions.
Phone: 612-385-3379
Matt emphasizes the experience of the day, and its his goal to
help you learn as much as possible. You will walk off the ice
with a better understanding of how to catch more fish! Matt is
also the
Ice Team Manager and his passion is out on the ice,
and ice fishing is where his skills shine. The ice fishing season
is twelve months long for Matt and he works hard at promoting
the tranquil, yet adrenaline filled sport of ice fishing! And last
but certainly not least, you will have an exciting and fun time
and take home a few new stories to share!!!
Matt Johnson Outdoors 2003-2016
Experience the Fishing
Fishing Reports
Experience the Fishing...
On-Ice Catfish
The Horseshoe Chain of
lakes, more commonly
known as the Sauk River
Chain, covers almost
swim the waters of the
Horseshoe Chain. Panfish
are available throughout
the Chain and can provide
some excellent action.
lakes in the Sauk River
Chain is Horseshoe Lake.
Horseshoe is a catfish
haven in the winter, and
the fishing can be very
600,000 acres, and is an outstanding fishery. The Sauk River
Chain consists of a series of lakes and they are home to an
abundance of species. Both shallow and deep water is
available to the fish and the forage content helps sustain
adequate growth. Catfish are commonly targeted throughout
the winter months out on the Horseshoe Chain, and some nice
catches can be accumulated. Walleyes are present too, and in
pretty good numbers. Both large and smallmouth bass also
About the
Catfish are every bit as tough in the winter as they are in open
water and are phenomenal in the frying pan. Catching catfish
through the ice, you gotta love it!!!
Watch the VIDEO!! Catfish On-Ice!!
AS SEEN ON: Across the Ice Belt with Ice Team TV
(Click the Play button on the screen to start the video)
1 Person: $350 for 6 hours
2 People: $400 for 6 hours
3 People: $450 for 6 hours
More than 6 hours: Add $50/hour