We have ice and so far we have no snow. These are the ingredients for “good ice” and hopefully a great ice fishing season for us here in the lakes area.
I know snow is essential and hopefully it will come, but we don’t need it during this ice-making period. It looks like we should be in good shape for getting out fishing on the area lakes.
Ice formation is variable, so don’t assume. Test for yourself. I was out on Tuesday evening with my son on Gull Lake (Booming Out Bay) and we had 4 inches where we were fishing, but we weren’t too far from where it has just froze the night before. Be smart, be safe.
The moon is full this weekend, and with many lakes supporting “good ice,” the fishing should be good.
Here are some tips that might help you ice some walleyes:
• Fish during “prime time” (an hour or two at sunrise and the same just before sunset).
• Use a sonar if you have one. This will allow you to see the fish before they bite.
• Drill multiple holes in the area you are fishing and don’t get “locked” on just one of them.
• Travel light at first ice.