Considered one the best seasons of the year for many, winter is loved for its weather. This is because winter weather brings in snow and ice, and with these many winter sports can be practiced. A favorite one is ice fishing, were a hole is drilled into the thick ice and different techniques are used to catch fish. Today, we continue talking about this fun and entertaining outdoor activity, ideal to enjoy with your family. In our first post, we discussed the equipment needed and some important considerations to keep in mind. In this second part, we share with you some common ice fishing techniques and the types of fish that can be caught.

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Ice fishing rod

Ice Fishing Techniques

  • Jigging. This is one of the most common techniques. In this technique, a light weight fishing rod and a hook-and-line, with colorful jigs or lures are used. Live bait can also be used. The line is dropped and the jig sinks to the bottom. Very slowly, the jig is raised about a foot from the bottom. The jig can be moved up and down or sideways to start attracting fish. This technique works best for smaller fish, like panfish.
  • Tip-Ups. In this technique, plastic or wooden devices are used. These are set above the hole with bait beneath it and a flag that indicates a strike. When a fish takes the bait, the reel turns and releases the line and the flag at the same time. This technique works best with heavier braided line and larger lure that typically attract bigger fish.
  • Tightlining. This technique requires the angler’s full attention on the line. Once the line and lure are dropped, they’re not moved but remain untouched. As soon as there is a movement in the line and it becomes “tight” then you know you’ve got something. A heavy lure is used to drop straight down to a desired depth but it’s not too heavy for the line not to move when a strike takes place. Spring bobbers may be used to help detect a strike.

What’s biting?

There are two main types of fish to catch while ice fishing: small and game fish. Small fish, also called panfish, make up to 90% of all the fish caught in lakes. These are usually bluegill, yellow perch, wiper or crappies. Game fish include Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, Kokanee salmon, Walleye, Largemouth bass and Northern Pike.

Boy with Large Walleye


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