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Title: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: woodyeckes on May 22, 2021, 08:49 PM
Last year I learned that you could not hook panfish all the time with a spring bobber but the line movement under the water in the hole signalled a fish biting or moving the bait.  I also found out that if you stood directly over the hole and held onto the line ...>005" sewing thread you could feel the weight of the jig and sometines a bite was either absence of the weight or a slight tug...smaller baits and very small pieces of plastic would sometimes get fish to bite over live bait (waxworm, minnow or spike)....your turn to reply.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: lefty2053 on May 23, 2021, 06:34 AM
I learned I am getting old. Harder to get up and out. But I also learned there are fish in places I didn't think there were. Killed it on the Small perch for the first time. But then again I think that is because that lake is full of them.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: vanhln on May 23, 2021, 07:58 AM
I learned that driving 70 miles then 70 back and getting one bite sucks....
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Drifter_016 on May 23, 2021, 08:27 AM
I learned you don't catch any fish if you don't drill any holes. :'(
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: badbrad2186 on May 23, 2021, 08:30 AM
I learned that the fish are still in my spots and that I can out fish the best of them. Last 2 days I fished I got out late the first day and my ice fishing  Partner was already out there he had 12 in the bucket ended the day he had 25 I had 34. Last day I had 18 buddy had 12.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: skifisher on May 23, 2021, 10:26 AM
I learned that “solitude” is fast becoming a thing of the past, and that I need to set up much farther away from people than I used to! Not complaining, I just find it harder for this old guy to get away from it all! >:(
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Buckshots on May 23, 2021, 10:27 AM
I learned that BadBrad is pretty tough. Don’t mess with him or he will beat you up.

I also learned that the new SM 24v sucks.

In fact, most ice gear these days just don’t have the quality they used to. My Otter X over was far from quality. I’ve had every new model in the last ten years and they’ve all been top notch but not these new ones. Many cosmetic and factory flaws. But they’ve warranted it all.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Buckshots on May 23, 2021, 10:28 AM
I learned that “solitude” is fast becoming a thing of the past, and that I need to set up much farther away from people than I used to! Not complaining, I just find it harder for this old guy to get away from it all! >:(
The problem with that, at least around my neck of the woods, is that if you set up far from anyone else, someone will come find you and set up.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: hardwater diehard on May 23, 2021, 12:38 PM
Learned that after  letting fellow anglers use my cordless drill they converted quite easily .. help two of them with getting started with with Milwaukee drills and Eskimo/ION drill units ..3 with Clam Plates as well . Also learned that the Eskimo/ION drill unit is my preferred auger...those units cut like no buddies business will be adding one to my arsenal .
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: WARRIOR_ON_ICE on May 23, 2021, 08:17 PM
I did not learn anything new, but I validated my need to always do this activity, and also validated again that it is the best way to bond with my kids. They are 16 now ( twins ) and I am proud to say that they can outfish me any time they want to. We are old school with mostly tipups and rods but no electronics, I have taught them that it is not the gear that will get you success, but rather the hard-earned knowledge of the locations and seasonal fishing patterns on specific lakes that give you the edge on the fish. If I could ask for the ideal way to die, it would be on the ice fishing with my family but many years from now.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: badbrad2186 on May 23, 2021, 08:43 PM
I learned that “solitude” is fast becoming a thing of the past, and that I need to set up much farther away from people than I used to! Not complaining, I just find it harder for this old guy to get away from it all! >:(


I always go out farther than anyone else and  no one crowds around
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: badbrad2186 on May 23, 2021, 08:45 PM
I learned that BadBrad is pretty tough. Don’t mess with him or he will beat you up.

I also learned that the new SM 24v sucks.

In fact, most ice gear these days just don’t have the quality they used to. My Otter X over was far from quality. I’ve had every new model in the last ten years and they’ve all been top notch but not these new ones. Many cosmetic and factory flaws. But they’ve warranted it all.


You must have been in one of the many heated topics I was in this winter
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Buckshots on May 23, 2021, 09:54 PM

I always go out farther than anyone else and  no one crowds around

Just wait. Someday someone will wonder why that shack keeps going out there to that same spot and they’ll come see what your catching by plopping down 30 foot from ya and you’ll be the only two shacks around for a long ways. It will probably end like that fight scene did our on the ice in the movie Four Brothers.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: badbrad2186 on May 24, 2021, 04:51 AM
Just wait. Someday someone will wonder why that shack keeps going out there to that same spot and they’ll come see what your catching by plopping down 30 foot from ya and you’ll be the only two shacks around for a long ways. It will probably end like that fight scene did our on the ice in the movie Four Brothers.


Nah no one is coming out there and if they do fine and dandy 2 years ago some guys came out set up 30-50 feet from us. We spanked the fish and they couldn't catch them. I also never use the same shack 2 days in a row or even to weekends in a row
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: missoulafish on May 24, 2021, 02:43 PM
that people are still getting lazier and lazier and they  really want to pass begging for where to fish on FB, as effort.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Rowdie on May 24, 2021, 09:31 PM
I learned about this site and joined it.  My 20 + year old auger still works.  Learning to haul my flipover shack around on my little trailer.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Walted on May 24, 2021, 11:37 PM
that people are still getting lazier and lazier and they  really want to pass begging for where to fish on FB, as effort.
That's not true. You learned that several seasons ago.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Mac47 on May 25, 2021, 05:46 AM
Sight Fishing the first time with the use of plastics and how to jig for the best presentation. 
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Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: zcm_82 on May 25, 2021, 06:58 AM
Sight Fishing the first time with the use of plastics and how to jig for the best presentation. 

Same here. I had sight fished a bit here and there in the past, but this season I ended up catching a lot of my fish on plastics sighting over 3-4' of water. Live bait was pretty much unobtanium locally all winter, so I had to switch up tactics out of necessity, and it worked out fairly well.


I learned that “solitude” is fast becoming a thing of the past, and that I need to set up much farther away from people than I used to! Not complaining, I just find it harder for this old guy to get away from it all! >:(

That's no joke. Several ponds I normally have to myself all winter got absolutely carpet bombed with holes this season. I have never seen anywhere near so many other people out on the ice around here as I did this winter.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: waterlike on May 25, 2021, 10:58 AM
I learned that although I love camping on ice, sleeping in my subaru is about 5 times easier.  Way less gear needed, and overall dry.  I use to want to haul my on ice camping gear everytime, but its just not worth the work when theres all those fish to catch.  If I have a bunch of days in a row I might still camp on ice, but on a evening then morning trip, im just gonna sleep in the car. 
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: guardbr8kr on May 27, 2021, 04:17 PM
I learned ,that breaking your leg and crawling on your belly back towards my dock a quarter mile before the wife found me, is still doable at 53 years old. Haven't walked since early March  :)
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: meandcuznalfy on May 27, 2021, 06:47 PM
I learned that making my own lures really paid off,  all the hours spent making swedish pimple and jigging raps was well worth the effort, caught lots of fish on them this winter.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Old Goat on Jun 06, 2021, 12:05 PM
I learned I should stay on a bite when I'm on it. I also need to keep learning; I'm not as good as I think I am.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: KatJohn7 on Jun 06, 2021, 08:41 PM
The older my kids get the more I enjoy it. I have always enjoyed it but it makes me dam proud to watch them get a fish on there own.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: FishGut on Jun 06, 2021, 09:27 PM
I learned my "fishin' buddy" ain't. Wouldn't find time to go with me but a few times, but hauled his friend and family out to my scouted spots time and again.

P*sses me off. I'm tired of being burned trying to make strangers into neighbors, and neighbors into friends.

Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: zcm_82 on Jun 07, 2021, 07:07 AM
I learned my "fishin' buddy" ain't. Wouldn't find time to go with me but a few times, but hauled his friend and family out to my scouted spots time and again.

P*sses me off. I'm tired of being burned trying to make strangers into neighbors, and neighbors into friends.

Hunting and fishing alone makes life simpler... also quieter, which is a bonus in my book.  ;D
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: AcezHi on Jun 08, 2021, 01:06 PM
If it looks like slush don't try to cross it!
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: rdhammah on Jun 08, 2021, 04:15 PM
learned that I need to get out more often
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: rdhammah on Jun 08, 2021, 04:18 PM
I learned ,that breaking your leg and crawling on your belly back towards my dock a quarter mile before the wife found me, is still doable at 53 years old. Haven't walked since early March  :s
doesn't sound like much fun. how the hell did you break your leg? What was you're wife's first comment?
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Adironzach on Jun 09, 2021, 05:31 AM
I finally dialed in my bottom bounce technique for lakers. Also got a live camera that i am looking forward to dedicating more learning time towards.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Mike84 on Jun 09, 2021, 04:14 PM
Learned how to inject my own soft plastics and use them successfully.  I also came to the realization that some folks aren't better fisherman they just fish a lot more than I do.  At least that's what I am telling myself. ;D
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: perch chacer on Jun 14, 2021, 04:32 PM
My buddy and I ice fish a lake with large weed flats ( they extend 3/4 to a mile out from shore and 2-3 miles wide across the entire end of the lake.  Water depth in the weeds run from 1' at shore to 10 to 12 feet out at the far edges).  The weeds stay mostly upright throughout the ice season and are hard to fish in the Winter. There are quit a few sparse weed pockets throughout and most fishermen move around trying and find these pockets to fish in.  Lake bottom is a gradual slope out the 40 ft.  Perch caught within the weeds run about 4'-8" with a occasional 10" fish.  As large as this weed flats are when you get hundreds of fishermen wandering around looking for the spare weed pockets and continually cutting holes, the fish bite can be difficult.  It was the 2nd or 3rd ice trip to this lake last year that we decided to get away from all the fishermen, so we moved quit a ways out beyond the last hut.  I cut a sting of holes and found weeds at the 1st two and the other holes were weed free.  I had found the weed edge and no one within 400-500 yds of us.  The rest of the day we were into some very nice perch 9 - 11" as average and two of us catch around 75.  Needless to say we went out to the weed edge the rest of the season and no one caught on.  Lesson:  get out away from the crowd.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: smitty on Jun 25, 2021, 12:21 PM

I learned not to rush onto the ice to get to the "sweat spot" even if it was well below freezing for a few days or so.
The edge looked completely solid until the third step and I shrunk 3 feet instantly. It was 8 degrees that morning I got out so fast the water never made it under my gore tex bibs so I lucked out. Lesson learned!!!!! Always check the ice first!

smitty :tipup:

Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Tuma on Jun 30, 2021, 09:46 PM
I learned that I may be out of shape but a smith sled made me feel young and in shape.  I could barely tell my sled was behind me when I was walking.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: badger132 on Jul 01, 2021, 04:12 PM
I learned how much I miss the social part of fishing. COVID made me go alone a lot or with my wife, which was fine, but I really miss getting out with a bunch of kids and seeing them catch their first fish through the ice.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Royalwapiti on Jul 11, 2021, 08:57 AM
Might be old news for some of you.  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly.  This compared to hooking it in the dorsal and have the minnow hang level.  The fish come up from the bottom and strike the head first.  My catch rate improved drastically.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 11, 2021, 09:23 AM
I learned it is getting harder and harder to stand back up after setting a tip up….. :P
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jul 11, 2021, 09:45 AM
Might be old news for some of you.  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly.  This compared to hooking it in the dorsal and have the minnow hang level.  The fish come up from the bottom and strike the head first.  My catch rate improved drastically.

Although its a dead bait Pike technique the logic make sense...why wouldn't it work scaled down and with live bait and a single hook placement  4:57 mark




Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Royalwapiti on Jul 12, 2021, 03:32 PM
Although its a dead bait Pike technique the logic make sense...why wouldn't it work scaled down and with live bait and a single hook placement  4:57 mark


Yea, I don't hang them down all the way but same thinking.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: SLAYERFISH on Jul 19, 2021, 12:02 PM
I learned that I'd rather be fishing from my boat in 75F weather! ;)
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Agronomist_at_IA on Jul 30, 2021, 02:13 AM
I learned not to drill 20+ inches of ice….and then reverse my drill auger……snow/slush was enough to unscrew the shaft on the chuck of my clam plate. (Have a 2nd gen plate).

Also learned sight fishing in 15 ft of water is a blast.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: RapShack on Jul 30, 2021, 05:04 AM
  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly. 

Try hooking them straight through the tail like you would for crappie.  Also if you're just using a plain hook with a splitshot try the HT Tiger Willow spoons or something similar.  Its basically just a weighted hook so the minnow has no freedom of movement it just dangles there.  Orange and purple have done well for me on tipups.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: DR.SPECKLER on Jul 30, 2021, 06:14 AM
I learned i have enough icefishing  gear and i am no longer buying anything new but bait.why invest when the season  gets shorter and shorter and prices go higher and higher.i already have a hoard of gear.think im back up to 5 flasher/fish finders.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Agronomist_at_IA on Jul 30, 2021, 08:25 PM
I learned i have enough icefishing  gear and i am no longer buying anything new but bait.why invest when the season  gets shorter and shorter and prices go higher and higher.i already have a hoard of gear.think im back up to 5 flasher/fish finders.

We had a nice length season here. With decent ice
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: Fish Farmer on Aug 01, 2021, 07:33 PM
I learned that whatever I thought I knew about "the bite" at one favorite lake didn't work this year or happened much later. I went someplace else and caught fish doing the typical things they should be doing.
Title: Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
Post by: slipperybob on Aug 04, 2021, 12:49 PM
I learned that I spend a lot of time sleeping if I'm not really catching much of anything.  Gosh also great to suddenly wake up to a flasher screen full of marks and catch fish.  ;D