2-19-13 – Slow Day On The Ice

We weren’t set up until close to 10 am because of prior obligations but we ended up having our tip ups soaking until about 6 pm. A long day on the ice produced only limited numbers of the fish that we were targeting. We had 15 tip ups set up between three of us and we jigged pretty much all the day. We were running medium shiners in hopes that we would catch a walleye but instead mainly caught pike and perch.

The crappie bite throughout the day was spotty. The fish were there on the edge of a deep water flat where it starts to shelf up into shallower water and weeds. They were fairly concentrated but not overly aggressive which is typical for this spot. Most days it is still easy enough to catch smaller fish but not today. For the fish that we did catch, we had to work hard for them. In general, natural colors seemed to work better and plastics were the key.

As far as the tip up fishing went, the bite was slow as well. For the number of lines we had in the water we didn’t get that many flags. We has some wind flags, a bunch of stolen baits, some run and drops, two fish broke off, and only a few fish that were iced. I think the total number of fish that were caught on tip ups was five.

Although the bite was slow, we iced some fish and learned more information about the area and the fish that we love to chase!

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3 thoughts on “2-19-13 – Slow Day On The Ice”

  1. Reblogged this on M7 Adaptive Fitness and commented:
    I reblog this post because for many, the world of ice fishing is a mysterious black hole. In the ice. Check out D&B and their latest adventures. This is a sport that isn’t just about crazy people setting up camp over some ice and waiting around. Maybe sometimes. Yet site hunting, moving to a site, packing, preparing, breaking it all down, staying warm and safe can add to the physical challenge of this sport. Then there’s the art of catching different fish in different environments. If you keep them, then comes the cleaning and storing. Fishing is as physical as you want to make it. How far would you lug your gear to explore for a pristine site with good prospects? Or would you just pack it in a truck, drive to a lake’s edge and kick back next to a hole?

    At Livestrong there is a piece on how many calories you burn per hour shivering. Here:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/317620-how-many-calories-are-burned-by-being-cold/

    Interesting facts surrounding a mysterious calling to the ice.

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