Definitely you are interested in ice fishing since you can catch more fish. If you wait for fish biting in a long time, this sport becomes a very boring activity while your body is cooler and tired. Read this helpful guide to find out where fish swim under the ice surface. This post isn’t about species of the fish, but about the general locations fish crowding under ice surfaces in the winter time.
Most ice anglers often go where many people are fishing, thinking that these places have a lot of fish surrounding. They may catch fish, but it’s harder or even totally stop later. Then what should you do? Do you stop fishing and go home with your equipment, or find a new locate and hope to catch more fish?
You need to know that all fish react to the pressure of fishing, and there is no exception to fish under frozen water. You also should pay attention to the seasons of ice fishing. There are always changes of ice fish’s feeding habits in different time during the winter including early, middle, and late. Relocating also can lead to these changes.
An ice fish crowd will gradually become an empty place later not because fishermen caught all fish, it is because fish have changed the route and stayed in another area. A good ice angler will find out the new location and continue catching fish.
The early winter
It’s the best that you find the ideal place in the late fall. When the water hasn’t frozen over yet, you can easily estimate a place holding fish crowd. Mark these spots on your map or with GPS, then you can start ice fishing in that sport in the early ice.
The middle winter
It’s essential that you must know thoroughly the structure of the lake you intend to ice fishing. In the middle term, fish’s bodies become cooler and like the warmer area so they will move forward to the bottom. You should estimate the depth and special spots in the other seasons and return to these places in the middle ice.
In this term, you should focus on the vegetation or rocky and hard-bottom places. Because oxygen at the bottom is not enough for fish in a long time of staying, they will sometimes swim to the vegetation or move to upward slopes to breathe.
The late winter
In the late ice, the frozen water melts away and becomes thinner, fish relocate from the bottom to shallower spots. Because of the thin ice layout, the top is warmer and allows the sunlight in, that is attracting fish coming back to have full oxygen and raise up the body temperature. That means they will become more lively and require much food so you can catch more fish in this time.
You should remember these tips and apply into the upcoming winter for the best result. However, it’s important that you make sure the thick of ice surfaces, suitable clothes and useful devices. Therefore, you can enjoy ice fishing and protect yourself in this harsh cold climate.