Sitting in the middle of a winter landscape and fishing through ice is a great experience and if you love fishing you should definitely experience it. While it is cold and it can be hard to go through if you’re sensitive to low temperatures, ice fishing is definitely something you should experience and you might just love it. It’s also a great way to spend some time fishing during the winter, when most other types of fishing are not available to you. In a lot of countries around the world this type of fishing is actually very popular, especially if they’re countries where there are long winters. A few examples of ice fishing countries are Norway, Sweden, Canada, Russia and Ukraine. Not all winters are created equal, so you will not be able to have ice fishing trips everywhere. You really need the type of winter which will bring ice which will withstand heavy weights.
The equipment is especially important when you’re going ice fishing. The clothing you wear will protect you while you stay for hours in the cold, preventing frostbites and not letting water get inside your clothes. If you plan to stay overnight, make sure you have the right type of shelter, which will protect you during the night. Make sure you pack everything properly and you don’t forget anything that might help you get through the tough weather conditions.
Drilling the holes in the ice is done with an auger, which is a device that has a blade which rotates. You will find both hand powered and gas powered augers on the market.
Another essential piece of equipment is the ice rod, which is a fishing rod designed for ice fishing. These rods are also available in different types, which you choose depending on the fish you want to catch. Heavy rods will work great for lake trout or pike fish, while medium rods will be used on whitefish and walleye. As for the light rods, those are great if you want to catch perch or panfish.
The flasher is a type of sonar which allows you to see where the fish is positioned under the ice. It’s a nice device to have on your side if you want to make sure you catch fish. The flasher can tell you both where the fish is and how it reacts to the bait you use. Used correctly, it can increase the amount of fish you catch dramatically.
The bait used can be either live or it can be artificial. It’s up to you which one you choose.
The best place to find fish is at a small distance from the bottom. That’s where the fish stays during the cold winter and they tend to eat especially during the dawn or dusk.
If you want to make sure you catch fish, you need to learn how to present the bait in such a way that it looks natural and you need to find where the fish is staying.