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If it continues ice hikers will be out there in record time. This is a great scenario, because ice fishing has a lot going for it.
One simple fact is that ice fishing is probably the most productive of fishing sports. Since there's usually no current under the ice, it becomes a precise sport and you can fine tune your equipment to make it do exactly what you want.
Bait? I almost invariably use waxworms. I've tried maggots, spikes, and meal worms, but the waxworms have always produced best for panfish and bass.
They're almost invariably right above the bottom.
Two final thoughts: one, if you're catching nothing within 20 minute or so, move, and move again until you find action. And two, use the smallest float that will hold your rigs up, usually not more than nickel in size. I adjust my floats so they're half submerged, and even the lightest touch from below will sink them.
ice. So these are the first I always fish. When I visit a new pond or even an old one I've worked for years, I step out on the ice a few feet and drill a hole to see just how thick the ice is. If it doesn't suit me I walk away.
I always carry a couple of screw drivers in a coat pocket. While you may laugh, I usually carry a hundred feet of rope New Balance 670
Tiny jigs in various colors work too, and I've caught fish on them, as well as ice flies. Suit yourself.
Often ice fishing is the only game in town.
Ice seems to be coming very early to Buckeye ponds and lakes this winter.
Given that, farm pond fishing isn't rocket science. These early fish are almost always in the deepest part of the pond, usually somewhere from mid lake down to near the dam. New Balance 740 Purple Reign
or more that I tie around my waist and then to a shore side dock or tree.
I've headed forth many times and taken 50 bluegills and/or crappies or made a good catch of largemouth bass (usually released) or picked up a limit of perch or some dandy walleyes. Fish taken from ice water are as tasty as they're ever going to be. Besides there just isn't much fishing in winter, give or take some action on steelhead or below the dam saugeye.
But I also believe this sport is the most dangerous in the state, much more so than hunting. I've ice fished in Ohio and Michigan for many years, and I'm still here, but that's because I'm ultra conscious of the potential danger, and take no chances at all.
So, I take two short ice rods and rig them with a quarter ounce sinker on line's end with two short side lines above, one set to be within inches of the bottom, the other a foot or less above.
When fishing bigger water I drill the same shore side holes then if others are fishing out there I walk in a well trodden trail to the fishing grounds and still carry the rope. If I don't need it someone else might, and it always has a strong loop at the end just in case.
´╗┐Ice fishing is a dangerous
I like to tie tiny ice spoons to the ends of the side lines, always white on one, and maybe red, yellow, chart reuse or black on the other. I use four different spoons on the four lines to see if they have color preferences that day.
If there's a secret to ice fishing, it's to jig your baits. Gently jig one rod up and down just an inch or two, then let it rest a moment while you jig New Balance Women Grey Pink the other. Panfish like movement. It attracts their attention, and the next time you move the rig they'll usually bite.
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