Whether you're a master of ice fishing or someone who's trying it for the first time, there are always tips that can help you up your game and catch more fish. Ice fishing season is still here, so you've still got an opportunity to head out onto the ice and put these tips into practice.
Start with Smaller Lakes
Starting with smaller lakes at the beginning of season will help you fish more often, and ultimately become a better ice fisherman. Smaller lakes freeze more quickly, which means you can be on the ice earlier in winter. Later in the season, move to the larger lakes, which have more oxygen. Fish are more active there, so you're more likely to catch more.
Use Live Bait
Live bait is an essential part of ice fishing. Whether you're dead sticking, using a bobber, or jigging, live bait is the most effective way to fish. Start by jigging larger lures roughly a foot above the bottom to catch the more aggressive fish. If the fish can be seen but not caught, opt for a smaller jig.
Know Where to Find the Fish
One of the most important parts of ice fishing is understanding where fish will be and when. In shallow lakes, fish tend to move shallower later in the season. In larger, deeper lakes, fish migrate to where food and cover can be found. They tend to stay deeper where the water is warmer. Fish become less active in the heart of winter, which means they're easier to catch when they're moving at the beginning and end of the season.
Fish Out of a Glacier Ice House
Another way to catch more fish while you ice fish is by owning a Glacier Ice House. Glacier Ice Houses are available at many dealerships across the country, with locations that include Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and New York. Find your nearest Glacier Ice House dealer and tour one of our models today. Enjoy the comfort, convenience, and coziness of a home on the ice.