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Your Guide:
Matt Johnson
About the Chain
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 deeper
edges.  You can find them suspended throughout the
water column and the misconception of
bottom-hugging catfish doesn't always apply out on
the chain in the winter, although you can certain catch
some bottom-huggers as well! Catching catfish just a
few feet below the ice can happen, too!
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.
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 2003-2021
Experience the Fishing
Horseshoe Chain
Fishing Reports
Experience the Fishing...
On-Ice Catfish
The Horseshoe Chain of lakes, more
commonly known as the Sauk River Chain,
covers almost 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.
Channel 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 swim the waters of the Horeshoe
Chain.  Panfish--both crappies and sunfish--are available throughout the chain and can
provide some excellent action as well.  It's the catfish that seem to be the big draw though!!
About the Catfish
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
Matt Specializes in Panfish and Catiish during the winter
months, but also targets Bass, Pike and Walleye as well...
Matt has been guiding since 2002 but has been fishing the
Metro Area, Minnesota his entire life.

Channel Catfish is definitely  one of his popular species
 CLICK HERE to learn more about that!!
Contact Info
Matt can be contacted via telephone or email.
Feel free to contact Matt if you have any questions.
Phone: 612-385-3379