The Outdoor Outlook
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 09:02
Ice fishing is a classic past time in the winter for many people in Minnesota and North Dakota. Most people who do not ice fish think it is just a waste of time sitting around a little hole drilled into the ice.
They are very wrong! Ice fishing creates life-long memories with family and friends. With ice fishing being so popular, everyone should know the dos and don’ts for having a successful fishing trip.
To even start thinking about ice fishing safely, there needs to be a minimum of four inches of ice to walk on. If one does not feel safe walking out on thin ice, wait a few days for the ice to thicken up a few more inches. It is always better to play it safe.
Once out on the ice, it is important to find a location to start fishing. Fish tend to be in mid-depth water, so fish in waters that are about 20 to 30 feet deep.
There are a few ways to check the depth of the water. One way is to use a depth finder for an accurate reading or a weight at the end of the line for an estimate.
For fishing equipment, it is best to use spinning reels because they are easy to use and the most versatile in all ice fishing situations. The lures on the line are always tough to choose with all of the options out there.
It is best to keep the lures as simple as possible. The most common lures used are trident hook lures with light coloring or floating jig heads. The trident hook lures are nice, because they hold the bait well when the fish are biting it.
The floating jig heads are nice, because it helps keep the bait off the bottom. Floating jig heads are popular with their versatility in situations.
When out on the ice, it is always important to pick up after oneself. Garbage left behind pollutes the lake and will kill off the fish for future fishing trips. It never hurts to pick up after others that forgot to clean up.
The most important thing with ice fishing is to have a good time and to create life-long memories with loved ones. So bring people that enjoy the sport or introduce people to the classic past time. Who knows, they might fall in love with it!
It is important to preserve what we have, so future generations can enjoy ice fishing. It is very simple to keep what we have today for others to enjoy tomorrow.
To help ensure the fish populations will stay stable, do not over fish lakes or keep more than the daily fish limit. It is very simple follow, but there are a few individuals that can mess this up for us and the generations to follow.
Always respect other people and their equipment out on the ice. There is no need to harass people out on the ice or to destroy their equipment. Just keep in mind to treat others with respect, because they are out there to have a good time and to get away from reality.
If one has room to bring it out, they have room to bring it back. Do not leave trash lying around on the ice. It looks disgusting and it pollutes the water when the ice melts.
One thing that people do that is ruining the sport is leaving fish on the ice. Don’t do this, because when the ice melts and the dead fish goes in the water, it can spread diseases that can ruin the fish population.
Ice fishing is a favorite past time among many Minnesota and North Dakota residents. Ice fishing bonds family and friends together. It is nice to get away from reality and relax out on the ice catching fish. People should follow the dos and don’ts of ice fishing to have future generations to enjoy this wonderful pass-time.