Ice fishing can go one of two ways, in my opinion. It can be a ton of fun or it can be one of the worst experiences of your life. Something about sitting on a frozen lake in the middle of winter just screams of something terrible, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Ice fishing can truly be a ton of fun, and one of the things that make it better is an ice house or shanty. These little numbers can make ice fishing a ton more comfortable, especially when a small heater is involved. Ice house also provide shelter from the wind and sun, which means that you can see into you hole, and if the water is shallow enough, see the fish you're trying to catch. This can be a catch 22 though, because seeing fish and then having them not bite kind of sucks.
The first ice fishing tip is to downsize your offerings. When fishing through the ice you want to employ baits and hooks that are as small as possible. Small jigs (either twister tail or marabou) tipped with live bait is always a good idea. The live bait can be in the form of minnows (if possible) or meal worms/maggots (which are available most everywhere). Tipping your offering helps success rates in many instances.
Another great tip is to make sure that you're fishing at the most opportune times. What do I mean by this? Simply that your ice fishing trip coincides with both the weather and moon. You see, these two forces of Mother Nature have as much to do with fishing success as any other single factor. That's why paying attention to the weather and moon, and
planning your ice fishing accordingly is important. You want to make sure that you're fishing when the fish are the most active.
This tip sounds sophomoric, but it's nonetheless true. When ice fishing we have to keep our hands warm or it's game over. But, at the same time we need access to our fingers in many cases. This is why we need a pair of quality glove liners. You wear glove liners under your heavy gloves, and then when you take your gloves off you still have some protection from the cold. If you're going to have an enjoyable ice fishing trip,
a pair of quality glove liners is a must.
The bottom line is that ice fishing is a ton of fun, as long as you keep these simple tips in mind. Hey, and if you keep these tips in mind, you'll be much more comfortable and successful as well. Ice fishing is always one of two things: a ton of fun or outright torture, and many times which of these two it is, is completely up to you.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country... Montana!
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