Joe Balog grew up in the southern Great Lakes area, and he has a lifetime of experience on Erie and St. Clair. For years, Balog dominated area bass tournaments. But in winter, he switches from fish to ducks on the vast marshes of Lake St. Clair. “The possibilities are endless,” he says. “It’s massive water with massive migrations. You can see things there that no one else ever sees.” But St. Clair is dangerous, especially late in the season, when the lake begins to freeze. Ice is harsh on equipment—but Balog says there’s no better time to hunt.