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February 11, 2021

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Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

There’s so much diversity in the realm of fishing that you can even try doing it through holes cut in a frozen source of water (lake or river). And there is even a proper term used to refer to this type of fishing, and that’s Ice Fishing. The core basics of this 100 years old technique still remain the same, however the equipment gets upgraded with the introduction of new gadgets in the market. So, there are two methods to practice this technique:

  1. With the use of ice traps called tip-ups
  2. Deploying a jigging rod into the hole

As per the popular notion among ice fishermen, it’s best to look out for fish a few hours after sunrise. But when it’s an evening venture, they tend to prefer doing it two hours before and after sunset. The target prey often sought through this technique includes Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Minnows, and Pike

Ice Fishing On the Ice
Ice Fishing

What to expect when ice fishing?

Ice fishing may seem like an easy job to first timers. But mind it, it’s not that effortless either. There are certain safety measure and strategies you must expect to follow. First and foremost, keep in mind how adequate clothing is as important as the gear itself. Unlike other fishing experiences, this one will keep you hooked for long on a thick sheet of ice. While you’re going to wear extra layers of clothing, don’t forget to give extra attention to your feet. As for the thickness of ice you should be standing on, don’t go for anything less than 4 inches (that too clear blue in color).

If you plan to carry an already kept fishing rod (either for jigging or simply to suspend your bait through), take the whole gear as it is with the addition of a drill, chair, water resistant mittens, a bucket (to keep your bait live without freezing), an ice auger and some ice scoops. The same goes for when opting to take tip-ups (work just as a mice catcher).

Fun Fact: Canadians, from among people from other countries involved in ice fishing, have been raked as number one with regards to their participation in ice fishing.

Ice Fishing Tips

  1. Where there is constant flow of water (as in rivers), the ice formation above such water bodies may turn out unsafe at any time. Usually at such sites, you may find sign boards telling you not to approach, so better abide by that no matter if that’s a good fishing area.
  2. Always carry an ice chisel around especially when walking above frozen lakes. If at a certain point water starts to ooze out, make your way back.
  3. Use fly larvae, maggots, minnows, or wax worms as bait to catch target fish.
  4. Find your prey just where they usually existed in spring and autumn.
  5. Try changing your spots as you would otherwise shift locations when winter’s not around.

Wear neck warmers and an extra layer of clothing (than what you usually wear for ice fishing) on windy days.