Kim Jarrell | IA

Favorite target species: Walleye. From rivers to lakes to reservoirs, you can count on their behaviors to be consistent. That being said, what draws me to Walleye fishing, is the vast assortment of presentations and tactics you can use to target this species. 

Tip or Trick for favorite species: When targeting Walleye in unfamiliar waters, I first like to utilize lake maps to locate good looking places to start my search, whether it be shoreline structure like rocky points, or mid-lake shoals or reefs. I arrive early and drill many holes covering the structure itself as well as the breaks and the depths around it. I start in the shallows trying to locate actively feeding Walleye in the early morning, following them off the structure once the daylight drives them out of the shallows and into the depths. When the afternoon sun begins to sink, I follow those fish back up into the shallows to capitalize on the evening bite.

Why ice fishing? I grew up in Florida. Never and I mean never in my life would I have thought I would go ice fishing. I moved to New York in 2010 and that winter was the first time I walked out on the ice. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Something just came over me…the scenery, the experience, the fishing…it was all amazing. I have had some of the best days on the ice and some of the worst, but no matter what it is still my favorite thing in the world to do. I started my page, Hardwater Chix, to encourage more women and young girls to give ice fishing a try. I was very hesitant to take that first step on the ice, but it is a day I will never forget and it was the first step toward my true passion in life! 

Favorite Striker Ice product and why: That is a tough question. I love the Prism suit and how it is tailored to fit a woman’s figure, it floats and it is incredibly warm! But a close second would be my Transporter. It holds everything and just like all Striker gear, it is very high quality, I don’t feel like I have to be “gentle” with it.