Do You Ice Fish ?

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  1. Fishindude

    Fishindude Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Recent temps are making ice fast, and I suspect we will be out fishing on safe stuff within a week.
    Just curious who all ice fishes, if you've been out yet and what your target species is?
     
  2. GREENCOUNTYPETE

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    I used to but been to busy for many years , my dads fishing club has a tournament in February I keep meaning to get over and see him for that.

    we have had questionable ice on and off the past several years
     

  3. bowslinger

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    Been years since I did it but with this cold snap I'm going try
     
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  4. hiddensprings

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    We do but haven't been out this year yet. The weather was warmer this year so a lot of lakes haven't been safe. This week that has changed (-36 this morning and a high of -9), we'll be heading out in the next week or so
     
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  5. hunter63

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    We were in Louisiana for the Christmas holidays a few years back....
    Took a trip the the Bass Pro Store in Bossier City La....

    They do not sell ice fishing tackle...Thought that was funny
     
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  6. Cabin Fever

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    We haven't for several years, except for going to the annual ice-fishing contest on Gull Lake near Brainerd, MN where there is $150,000 in prizes including a new 4WD pickup.

    I have a brand new Strike Master ice auger that has been sitting in the box for over five years. Never has had gasoline in it. Has never been started. i suppose I should sell it.

    When we did more ice fishing, it was generally for walleye or crappies. We have about five lakes we can easily snowmobile to within 15 minutes.
     
  7. JJ Grandits

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    Did not get out last year. Good ice was far and inbetween. I'm kind of a coward and want about 6" of good ice under me. Then again I have gone through twice. That will make your heart skip a beat.
    I mostly fish small ponds that are around me for panfish. I would rather catch a couple of hundred small perch and bluegill than two or three big pike. I like the action.
    My equipement is getting really old, but I have enough gift cards from Christmas to outfit myself with a few new ice rods.
    I'll probably be going out with my great nephew as he has never icefished before and my son.
    My old fishing buddy is turning into a miserable piece of do nothing crap. He is also my old hunting buddy and following the same course.
    Weather up here has been great. Colder than hell. Ice should be good by this weekend.
     
  8. alleyyooper

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    2 or 3 times in my life. Froze my tail off the first time and caught nothing. Got bored and cold the second time so left brother and cousin to man the rods and freeze there tails off while I went snowmnobileing. Third time I got to the lake with brother and cousin and just said NO I WON'T GO. Brother and cousin never caught any thing then either.

    My self I would have been happy to catch any thing besides a cold.

    :D Al
     
  9. mmoetc

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    It’s been too cold for the ice fishers around here for the last couple of days. Up until a couple of days ago they were popping up in every body of water that was freshly frozen. The last couple, nothing to be seen. Maybe the ice isn’t biting.
     
  10. JJ Grandits

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    One of the worst sunburns I ever got was when I was ice fishing. Twenty some years ago had my son and his friend fishing Ringneck pool in the swamps. 8 degrees, blue sky and no wind. With the reflection off the ice we were fishing in shirtsleeves.
    Toasted my arms, face and worst of all under my chin and neck.
     
  11. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Ok the river by the house even though the outside Temperature is below zero the river runs 50-60 degrees year round so it never freezes.

    Most people Gig Suckers at night all Winter. I use Rod and Reel. It's suppose to get around 40 degrees tomorrow so I'm thinking about fishing mostly for Suckers but might catch Goggle Eye and or Trout.

    big rockpile
     
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    Went out yesterday. All I hit were really small perch, about 6"-7" or less.
    Caught 50 of them in two hours. It was a good time.
     
  13. Oregon1986

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    Doesn't get cold enough here for that but I would love to try it
     
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    My cousin from Minnesota invited me once. Two folding chairs, two poles, a tackle box an auger and cooler of beer is all we need, he tells me.
    I told him my neighbor invited me over into Arkansas to do some noodling and he can come too. All we need are a change of clothes, a couple cans of Deet and a trash can.
    I still only hear from him on the holidays.
     
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    Never needed a cooler for my beer while ice fishing.
     
  16. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Ok up North of here the Ice is 5 inches thick but why drive the 100 miles when I can drive down the hill and fish in soft water?

    big rockpile

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    Is that a recent photo Rock? Brown Trout?
     
  18. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    It was last Saturday. All Rainbows.

    Can fish for them year round long as I buy $7 permit. Most this time of year Gig Redhorse and Hog Molly Suckers down there at night.

    big rockpile
     
  19. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    This is the river

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    The Park where I don't fish

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  20. tinknal

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    I've been out 5 times this year. Had good luck the first 3 times. I have 12 pounds of pike pickling in the fridge right now.