Ice Fishing Tips - How To Catch Fish In Winter
There are tips and secrets to catching more fish while ice
fishing. Here is a collection of some of the best ice fishing tips. Please browse around and enjoy
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Good fall fishing usually indicates excellent ice fishing. The first lake to try would be the one that
produced a strong fall bite. In fact, if you hear about a good fall bite, make plans to hit that location
during first ice.
- If the ice doesn't look safe or sound safe then don't venture out even if you see people on the ice.
Fishing is not worth risking your life over.
- Finding fish is made easier with a portable electronic depth finder. Puck-type transducers allow anglers to
read the bottom, as well as mark passing fish.
- Look down the hole and watch the fish take the bait. This approach is excellent for learning how fish
respond to various baits and jigging techniques. It is also an excellent way to take larger bluegill, perch and
- Early winter pattern of ice fishing will have the fish moving around in the shallower water still
aggressive and feeding, but it’s not like you can just drill a hole anywhere and catch fish. You have to key on
the structure just like you did when the water was open.
- Try chumming to get an advantage over other ice anglers. Take a few extra wax worms, spikes, or
minnows, crush them and drop them down the hole. This trick will not only attract more fish to your area
but will also get fish feeding more aggressively.
- The fish during the winter are light eaters and a bit more finicky. With lighter and fewer bites, it's
important to hook-up every time possible. Be sure to have fresh line and sharp hooks.
- Bring contour maps with you on ice fishing trips. Fish like structure in the winter just as much as they do
in the summer.
- Winter crappie fishing is primarily a jigging game. The best crappie jigs
are those that ride horizontally and imitate minnows.
- Tip the lure bys putting some type of bait on the hooks of the lure. This
can be a a small white worm/larvae, a mealworm, an earthworm, or a piece of cut bait. The scent released from
the 'tipping' can sometimes mean the difference between success and failure. Often a fish will stop just inches
from a suspended ice jig before striking. The use of fresh bait on the hook may be the key that makes the fish
- Ice fishing means work and drilling a lot of holes to find the fish. Keep
moving until you find active, biting fish.
- Make sure that the reels on your ice fishing rodds spin freely. Many fish
will drop your bait if they feel pressure on the line from a poorly working reel.
- Next time you set up for ice fishing, pay close attention to the hole
before you drop your lure down. Is the hole clean? Ice chips and chunks not only entangle your fishing
line, they can also cause line breakage. Make sure to skim away all of that mess and keep the hole clean and
clear of obstructions.
- In dirty-water lakes, you should tend to look for fish deeper, because
fish often go to the deepest part of the lake when there is not as much cover, such as weeds.
- When fishing for blugill through the ice, try fishing in shallow bays
where the water is about four to eight feet deep. For bait, try a teardrop lure tipped with live insect larvae.
Gently jig the lure up and down.
- Jig for perch at 35 feet. For bait, try small, live minnows or weighted
ice flies and insect larvae.
- You can catch some northern pike while ice fishing by fishing shallow
bays with large live minnows on a tip-up in four to 12 feet of water.
- The schooling walleye is found along the shorelines and in shallow bays
with ice cover. Tip-ups rigged with minnows are the best technique.
- The key when using ice jigs and lures is to be attentive while the lure is
falling back down the water column as that is when a strike normally occurs. Give a jig 2 or 3 upward strokes
then let it slowly settle back down.
- Use a portable depth finder. You have to be in the depth of water the fish
are at, or at least be close enough that the fish is willing to come to where your bait is. Always look for the
main school, but be ready to adjust up or down when you see that fish are suspended. Many times, the larger
fish will come through above or below the main flow of fish.
- A number of baits are available to a mobile ice angler. You should have
baits that will work for a number of different types of fish since you will undoubtedly be covering a lot of