During the winter season, many fishermen want to do the one type of fishing that can only be done in the cold areas and in the winter.
Although it is dangerous, you will find many people who participate in the sport of ice fishing. There are safe ways to ice fish and some of those tips are common knowledge and some aren’t.
In the Nordic countries, temperatures in the winter are freezing, so they have lots of opportunities for ice fishing.
If you are interested in ice fishing, that is a excellent article to read about the mindset.
Ice-fishing is a state of mind
Many people don’t realize that a thin layer of ice is not enough to ice fish on, the ice must be thick, at least 4 inches of clear ice, to be safe. The first rule should be to drill a small hole near the shore to check for the thickness of the ice.
There are some safety tips concerning the ice and anyone who intends to do any sport – fishing, snowmobiling, skating should know these tips. To judge the safety of the ice follow these guidelines:
- 1 inch of ice – Stay off of it!
- 4 inches of ice – Safe for fishing
- 5 inches of ice – Safe for snowmobiling
- 8 inches of ice – supports a car or light truck
- 10 inches of ice – supports a medium weight truck
If you are unsure about the ice, good practice is to wear a life jacket. And don’t forget the ice picks.
Anyone who intends to do any sports that involve ice should also know that ice strength can change from one spot of the lake or pond to another. Thick ice is no longer good after a rain and slush ice or ice with a current under it is also very dangerous.
A new layer of ice is always safer than an older layer. Also, people who ice fish need to know if there is a state law as to how big the ice fishing holes can be in diameter. Also, fishing shanties should always have reflector lights on the sides of them to allow snowmobiles to see them easier as to reduce the risk that they will get hit.
Some good tips for ice fishing are to go deep when fishing. Many fish will swim 50-60 feet deep in the water in the winter time. There are many electronic gadgets that will help the ice fisherman locate the fish in the water due to this problem. Sometimes, the fish will be well within just a few feet under the water due to food issues and fishing pressure.
The classic airplane jig will probably work better than the other jigs that are available. These are especially good for clear water species such as lake trout but it is easy to catch walleye and pike on these jigs too. Super lines are a good item to have available too. These have been around a while also but they are strong lines and most of them are invisible on the ice.
Quivering a jig can actually be just the right movement to attract the fish. It will give the bait the right amount of action to trigger a strike from the fish. Plastic bait can work well in the winter time too. Some ice fishermen prefer the mushroom or gumball head jig.
While fishing, look for green weeds. In the summertime, these are a common problem as they will tangle lines and are a nuisance, but in the winter time, the weeds are a sign of fish in the area. If it is a large weedbed, you should be able to locate the fish on the sides and pockets of the weedbed.
Ice fishing and other sports can be fun as long as you act safely and follow any safety tips and rules that are available.