By Nathaniel Myson
(Provided by Lindy Lures)
If youre an ice-fisherman, youve almost certainly debated this question: Sit tight and wait for the fish to come to you or pick up and start drilling holes to go to the fish? Staying put may result in a day spent just out of the fishs range. Go mobile and you might leave just before the fish arrive.
If this indecision is bugging you, here are a couple guys who know a thing about staying or going, and their advice can help you make better fishing decisions on the ice.
by Daniel Quade
(Provided by PRADCO Lures)
Visions of icing slab crappies seldom include crowds of anglers. More often, sweet dreams of icy nirvana center on remote backcountry waters or hidden gems that somehow fly under the masses radar. However, while untapped fisheries can be dynamite, you can also enjoy banner catches on waters besieged by the bucket brigade.
Panfish fanatic Paul Fournier knows the drill. Years of practicing his craft on hard-hit lakes sprinkled across central Minnesotas Minneapolis-St. Paul megatropolis have left him well versed on tackling pressure-cooker crappies. His finely tuned tactics include a blend of pre-trip recon and refined fishing strategies to ice slabs that elude other anglers.
Start by doing your homework, so you know as much as possible about a lake before you get there, he said.
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By Nathan Shore
The depth finder reveals a pair of big crappies under the hole. Anxious to get the bait back down there, you let the spoon fall right to them and they disappear.
It happens all the time. Dropping jigs and spoons too fast can spook bluegills, crappies, perch and other panfish. Using aggressive colors and tactics can spook em, too. We sometimes forget were sitting only a few feet over their heads, giving panfish every excuse to be skittish. Standing up, sitting down, scraping buckets on the ice, hovering over the hole, then allowing light to stream down there in a big beam its amazing we catch any at all.
By Chuck Powell
Thats something thats said often around my household this summer.
Merrick Powell shows off a nice Michiana bluegill he caught while fishing with his dad last week. Bluegill fishing remains good through late summer.
It doesnt take a lot of coaxing for me to want to go. Besides, what better way to keep kids occupied and out of trouble than spending a day bluegill fishing with them?
Im amazed at how many anglers stop panfishing during the dog days of the summer. The fish still have to eat and will if you spend time looking for them.