It is cold but, if you’re an ice fisherman, this is the beginning of a great time. The ice fishing has got started and is something that a lot of people enjoy. It relieves cabin fever as well as provides the best tasting fish all year.
I talked to Nancy at Jefferson’s Sportsman’s Mall and she said bait sales are going well for ice fishing. She did however want me to give a caution to be careful. It seems this year, because of the up and down weather and the wind, there is a big difference in ice thickness. It varies from almost nothing to about five inches in some places. So a few things as a reminder; never ice fish alone, always tie off to something substantial on the shore, take an extra change of clothes, if you do get wet and it’s freezing, you don’t have a lot of time before you lose your body temperature in wet clothes, and if in doubt don’t go.
As much fun as ice fishing is, it is never worth a careless risk. As far as tackle, always use the lightest line possible, small hooks or ice fishing jigs. Fish close to the bottom in the deepest areas first and use live bait. it seems to always shine in cold water. Nancy would be glad to help with information on what to use, you can reach her at 254-9350. Dress warm, be careful and have a blessed day.