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Fall to Winter - Water to Ice


By Rahau MihaiPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Without a doubt, autumn has passed and winter has come. The leaves on our deciduous trees have fallen. Frosty mornings and balmy days have given way to frozen ground and bone-chilling winds. A few ducks swimming in the somewhat warmer creek-fed waters signify activity on our lake. As the days pass, a thin layer of ice will grow along the beach and finally over the coves. The lake will soon be covered in winter ice, which will thicken with each passing day. As the ice deepens, so does our ice fisherman's delight! Yes, it's time to dust off those augers, tip-ups, spears, and light fishing gear.

We can't wait to go out on the ice. Is it sufficiently thick? Ice fishing is one of the most risky fishing tactics. Caution is required, particularly when we are so anxious to begin. Our lake has seen a number of mishaps. Unfortunate tales of hummers, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, animals, and, of course, humans breaking through the ice have been recounted. A definite way to get the season off to a bad start. Some fishermen risk walking on ice with a thickness of two and a half inches, although experts suggest a thickness of four inches. Ice thickness fluctuates, particularly on lakes with a wide range of depths. Our lake may plummet twenty feet in an eight-foot lateral stretch. As a result, the thickness of the ice will fluctuate substantially early in the season. Sleds and snowmobiles should have a clearance of six inches. Ten inches for smaller cars and at least 16 inches solid for full-sized trucks. Only once in our seven years on the lake did the ice thickness exceed 10 inches.

There are additional dangers to be mindful of while out on the ice. Frostbite may develop as a result of extended exposure to wind and cold temperatures. Winter gear is mandatory. These days, huge huts, tents, and shelters may be swiftly created to provide relief from extreme temperatures and cutting winds. Some ice fisherman have more permanent shelters that can be dragged onto the ice, generally on wheels. Bathrooms, ovens, mattresses, and even satellite television are common features of these shelters. Proper ventilation is crucial if you have a heated shelter. Some fisherman died on the ice as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Hypothermia has been the leading cause of mortality and has posed the greatest danger. This happens when the body's temperature drops too low. Before venturing out onto the ice, it is critical to educate oneself about hypothermia and other possible hazards. The idea is to have fun while being safe!

It's time to go fishing. There are several techniques to ice fishing. Some elements are shared by all techniques. Under the ice, fish do not use much energy. There's no need for your bait to do the same. In fact, too much movement will repel the fish. Depth is essential. Before you go out on the ice, do some homework. The depth of the fish is determined by its species. Crappie and bass, for example, will be found at various depths. This is when a bobber comes in handy. Set the right depth using a slip bobber. When there is motion below, the bobber will also serve as an excellent visual. Are you looking for bluegills and perch? Send the bait to the seafloor. They will be drawn to your bait if it bounces. Chum is also an excellent technique to get some attention. Other fish feeding activities might attract lower energy fish to the place. It is a good idea to conceal your hole in shallow water. Light passing through the opening might frighten fish away from your bait. That's all there is to it; the rest is up to you. Have a good day and catch some fish!


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