When winter is on its way and temperatures have cooled down, you can feel frost in the morning and eagerly looking forward to a wonderful ice fishing trip. With your brand new fishing rod, you are ready on the go. This article will give you some useful tips to have a great ice fishing trip.
The first tip is to be patient. The ice will need time to become thick enough for people to walk on. It's imperative that you know how strong the ice is; some times it's beneficial to measure the ice. If the ice doesn't look strong enough to walk on please walk away. The last thing you want is other fisherman fishing for you.
The second tip of the day is to bring a tent out on the ice with you. Whatever type of shelter you choose is fine but you will want some thing to shield your shadows from the fish. Early in the year the ice is thin enough that the fish can see your every move, so when you walk out onto the ice be quiet and watch your step. Once you get to the location of where you will drill your hole, use the shelter to conceal yourself. The fish can see your shadow from above the ice, being in the shelter will solve this problem for you.
The last tip is to stay put. Early in the season the ice is to thin for you to lollygagger around, the fish are very sensitive and will know that you are there. Once you pick your location and drill your hole stay there throughout the day. It can be tempting after a few hours of no bites to retreat to another location, but you must resist. Early on in the season this can cause you more problems as the more you move the more spooked out the fish will be. Next time you go ice fishing implement these tips and watch your line tug at you as the fish bite your bait.