Originally posted by: acorn on 11/16/2005 6:45:48 AM
Now that we all have discussed gear, fundamentals, clothing, ect... of ice fishing. As the ice season is already in swing for some and closing in on others. I would like to discuss the type of areas that you target for under the ice. I know I could still learn a lot about targeting areas that will hold fish. Maybe this thread could help all of us in finding fish this season.
I would like to start this. I like to start out the season in lakes that I am familiar with during the summer months. Knowing areas near to where I was successful during the open water season. Either by using my porta finder, or the old fashion way of drilling and peeping into the depths. I 1st try to find the weed edge on a near by drop-off as close to a riverbed or channel. Especially looking for a pocket or inside turn. I usually jig the shallow part of the weed edge then set tip-ups on the deeper side of the drop-off. To target pike and walleye. Usually drilling 6 holes to start in a semi-circular pattern. 3 for jigging and 3 for tip-ups.
My strategy changes during the cold months as the DO (dissolved oxygen) drops-off in Jan to March. I will discuss this as the months move along.