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Tips for Drilling Ice Holes
The auger let out a steady 2-cycle scream as it chewed through a
foot and a half of ice. Chips and shards fell around my feet
until the blades broke through. I hit the throttle and cleared
out the slush, before walking a few yards and punching another
hole. Behind me my partner followed, checking the depth of water
with a Vexilar. In 10 minutes we had several holes drilled,
cleaned and scanned for depth. Now, we were ready to fish.
Drilling holes may seem straightforward but there are some
tricks of the trade that can make you more efficient when
cutting the ice. Here are some suggestions for this upcoming
hard-water season with a particular focus on powered augers.
Ice Fishing Perch Pointers
Targeting perch through the ice is one of my favourite types of
hard-water action. Not only are perch relatively easy to catch
and often eager to bite, they are one of the best tasting
freshwater fish. To help boost your perch fishing results this
ice season, here are some tips to put more jumbos on the ice.
Great Ice Fishing
Every year dozens of new ice fishing products hit the walls of
tackle shops. Yet when it comes to getting gear for the
hard-water season, you don't only have to shop in fishing
stores. In fact, many of the staple pieces of gear I use for
safety and comfort reasons I bought at camping and outdoor
shops. Here are just a few of my personal favourites.
Try Smaller Ice
Fishing baits this Winter.
One of the neatest things about fishing has to be fishing lures!
There are so many on the market. When you have success, part of
the fun is definitely playing up the 'magic lure' idea. Of all
the lures and tackle out there, one of the details I look at is
size. Proven colours, shapes or designs can be really
interesting to play with when they're offered in smaller
versions. Lure size is just like water depth: totally relative.
Shallow on one lake might be forty feet, while on another, it's
four. A 1/8 ounce tube jig might be really small to a lake trout
but huge to a perch or smelt.
Tactics for Hardwater Pike
Snow-covered landscapes and frozen bodies of water have a
deliberate way of changing a pike anglers' methods and routines.
Gone are the oversized spinnerbaits, cranks and spoons - the
familiar tools of warm weather fishing - and out come the tip
ups and quick strike rigs. Match these up with a variety of dead
baits, and you'll be well on your way to a season full of cold
days and red-hot northern pike. The Intricacies of Bait Dead
bait is the preferred tool when chasing winter pike. They
represent a large, stationary profile to a hungry fish,
triggering instinctive strikes from these freshwater predators.
They also provides the perfect scent and taste attributes to
attract fish, leaving a magnetic trail washing in the water and
arousing their senses. Add to that how easy they are to handle,
store and rig, and you've got yourself a definite winner.
(Besides, what's better than Mother Nature when it comes to
Creepy Crawlies - The
The first time I heard about using maggots for icefishing was in
a story about how some hard-core ice anglers have been known to
keep maggots in their mouths while fishing, to keep the bait
warm and alive. While that may be a little too serious for some
ice fishermen, maggots, as well as waxworms, mealworms and other
such critters, what I affectionately refer to as 'creepy
crawlies,' are an effective yet often overlooked bait for
icefishing. Maggots, also known as 'spikes,' are the larvae of
common houseflies, blowflies and other species of flies.
Waxworms are the larval form of the bee moth or wax moth. They
are longer and meatier than maggots, ranging from ¼-inch to
about an inch long, but share the same creamy-white colour.
Mealworms are usually the larvae of the darkling beetle, and can
range in size from as small as ½-inch to over an inch in length.
Trusting Tip Ups
In ice fishing a lot of the spotlight has recently focused on
run-and-gun tactics with jigging rods. Yet in the shadow of this
approach lurks a tried-and-true technique that fools hundreds of
fish each season - tip-ups. Tip-ups are sometimes perceived as a
secondary, or lesser, method for ice fishing. However, when
properly used these presentations can be extremely successful,
sometimes out-fishing jigging rods. Types of Tip-Ups Tip-ups can
be described as a self-supporting unit, usually rigged with
bait, that has a signaling device (often a flag) for when a fish
strikes. Tip-ups are made from wood, metal and high-impact
plastic. The major difference in types of tip-ups is whether the
majority of the device sits above or below water. Underwater
designs consist of a frame that straddles the ice while the
spool shaft sits in the hole. The positioning of these models
prevents them from being blown over in strong winds. These
tip-ups are particularly suited for extremely cold temperatures.
The spool will not freeze underwater. High-end models feature
spool shafts coated with low temperature lubrication, ensuring a
smooth spin when a fish pulls line. Some below water designs
also cover the entire hole, preventing holes from freezing.
Guide to Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is growing in popularity with each passing year,
luring eager anglers to the sport with a passionate frenzy. Most
become hooked with that first crank of the auger handle,
igniting a life-long hobby and fascination with the 'hard
stuff.' But what are the necessary requirements when it comes to
outfitting yourself for a day on the ice?
10 Pre-Ice Fishing
With autumn coming to a close, ice fishing season is just around
the corner. Now's the time to audit your gear and make sure your
organized for first ice action. To help you get ready, here's a
list of 10 things I do to get ready for the hard-water.
Tips for Icing Winter Crappies.
When it comes to ice fishing, my number one quarry is the
crappie. This specie can give an angler endless action
throughout the day, a great fight on light gear, and of course,
can provide a tasty meal at the end of a long stint spent on the
ice. Targeting crappies certainly isn't considered rocket
science, but there are certain techniques and baits that can
greatly increase your odds for success. Lures and Baits After
spending many seasons chasing crappies, certain lures and
techniques have consistently produced above average results.
Although many folk have their own tactics and tricks, my
personal favourite would be jigging with a small spoon. To be
more precise, a Northland Forage Minnow spoon. This small metal
bait, (1/16oz. being the size to use), has accounted for more
crappies over the years than all other baits combined. Fish seem
to jump all over this lure, and it has a way of triggering both
active and inactive fish. Silver is my first choice in clear
water, with any of the bright colours mandatory when dealing
with the murky stuff. .
Bay of Quinte
- Gowganda Lake
- Lake Dubourne
- Lake Nipissing
- Lake Simcoe
- Lake St. Clair
- Lake Temagami
Thorne and Temiscaming Area
- Tomiko Lake
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