What do you use for bait for ice fishing?
For ice fishing live bait, try wax worms (bee moth larva), maggots, spikes (fly larvae), wigglers (mayfly larvae) or minnows. You can drop your bait and leave it alone, or you can slowly jig to attract the fish. Ice fishing jigging also works with artificial ice fishing bait.
Where do you hook a minnow for ice fishing?
Most anglers hook them through the lips (a poor choice for ice fishing) or pierce them behind the dorsal fin (much better, but not best). The thing is, you want that minnow to be active. A minnow hanging on a hook and not moving is not going to catch many fish. Active minnows do.
What is a dead stick in ice fishing?
Dead Stick Ice Fishing is a great way to add extra rods in the water when working multiple holes (see local regulations). Most ice fishermen will work a hole with an active jigging rod, and deploy one or more deadstick rods in alternate holes nearby with live and dead bait, lures, or jigs.
How do you attract fish when ice fishing?
To get an added advantage over other ice anglers, try chumming. Take a few extra wax worms, spikes, or minnows, crush them and drop them down the hole. This trick will not only attract more fish to one’s area but will also get fish feeding more aggressively.
What time of day is best for ice fishing?
Generally, transition periods in the day have shown to be best for catching fish when ice fishing. The transition from dark to dawn, and also the transition from dusk light to dusk are the best times of day for catching fish on the ice, especially for trout.
How do you attract walleye to ice fishing?
Four main types of lures work well when ice fishing for walleyes: jigs, spoons, jigging rapalas, and lipless crankbaits. Jigs: tip these with a minnow right behind the dorsal fin to keep them active and to draw the fish in.