Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually very easy to get too comfortable while ice fishing. Sure, you’re out on a frozen piece of water in some very chilly weather. But if you use a fishing shelter with a small heater, it’s pretty easy to take your jacket off, kick back, and enjoy a sandwich and a beverage. Even if the fish aren’t biting, you can still have a great time on the lake. This is why it can be so dangerous.
How could being comfortable possibly be a bad thing? Well, sometimes you’re actually out there to put some fish in the frying pan or freezer. And it’s hard to do that when the fish just simply aren’t below you. There’s no trolling in ice fishing, after all; at least not in the traditional sense. You’re pretty much limited to a cone about 10 to 15 feet wide, depending on the water clarity and how bright and loud your presentation is.
If you watch many ice fishing videos, you’ll notice one trend that really stands out: success usually comes to those who move around a lot. It’s not even revolutionary among ice fishing ideas, but in order to consistently catch fish, especially on unfamiliar lakes or waterbodies, you need to stay mobile and jump around until you find the right structure and some actively-feeding schools. In some cases, you may even need to chase them around throughout the day. Fish move to different areas as the day progresses, which means you need to move too. Knowing that, here are some ice fishing tips to keep you on the action all day long.