- Cover the hole. Most ice fishing is conducted in shallower water. One aspect every ice angler is accustomed to is dipping ice out of their holes throughout the day. Yes, preventing the hole from re-freezing is important but sometimes a clear hole allows light to reach the water on even a cloudy day. Fish know there is ice above them and having a sunny opening is a clue that something is out of the ordinary. Add some ice shavings to block out the sunlight without getting your hole froze over completely.
- Chum them up. This is number one in the ice fishing how to book. Once you have found fish, getting them to bite consistently can be tough. Try bringing extra bait with you to chum them up. Even if you are using ice fishing jigs, throwing some bait down the hole will attract more fish and get them to feed more aggressively.
- Find the bottom and stay on it. One of the best ice fishing tips for perch and trout is to fish the bottom. Fish will be deeper as the water temperature is a few degrees warmer near the bottom. Here fish will be more active in searching for food. By allowing your ice fishing jigs to bounce off the bottom, the action attracts fish. If you are using live bait for ice fishing, connect a weight a few inches above your lure to keep it a mere inches from the bottom, and the fish.
- Take some fish attractant. Among all the best ice fishing tips out there, there is little mention of using fishing scents and attractants. These are not the end all be all when it comes to fishing under ice, or any other fishing for that matter, but attractants can give you an extra boost when using ice fishing jigs.
- Always think about the ice. The last important ice fishing tip has nothing to do with fishing. Ice fishing safety involves knowing when the ice is safe to fish on and being prepared for falling in. Cold weather water safety is serious and fishing on ice that is too thin can be a disastrous end to a day of fishing.
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