Saturday, March 8, 2014

Warm Weather = Hot Ice Fishing

During the deep freeze and snowy weather of February, ice fishing got tough! Im talking real tough in just about every lake and pond I drilled holes into...

Anyhow we have now entered into "last ice" phase and as the temps rise, the ice fishing has become ON FIRE! This week I took 3 reeeeeally old guys ice fishing. I know they will read this at some point and laugh... anyhow we had a blast! We caught some big fish early right about noon and then the fish just shut off completely until about 5:30 pm.... Here are some noontime fish:

During the mid-afternoon lull we had a good time joking around and talking about old people stuff and then when the sun hit the horizon the fish came alive and were biting like crazy just 3-5' below the ice in 15' of water! That one hour of constant action on one lb bluegills was as good as it gets in the ice fishing world!

So anyhow today I spent the whole day ice fishing out at the giant goose ranch in Canton, IL... We fished submerged islands on the 121 acre Big Lake... The fish were mainly biting on the tops of the humps in just 4'-7' of water!

The best bite was first thing in the morning, but there was pretty much a steady bite all day long!

We found some crappies up in 4'-5' of water just 3' below the ice.

The weather was a perfect 48 degrees, sunny and calm! Man is it ever good to be outside on days like today! By the end of the day we had several very impressive piles of fish for dinner and altogether caught around 600 fish!!

So anyhow the fish are up shallow feeding and I dont expect them to drop back down deep anytime soon. Its really hard for guys to fish in water just 4' deep but thats where the fish are so get to 'em!! I am really hoping to get out again next week. This weekend I have to be in Springfield at the Central Illinois Horse Fair, my kids are doing several horse vaulting shows.....They do gymnastics stuff while riding horses and they absolutely love it... this is their first ever live performance.

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