Ice Fishing in the Wisconsin
It's late December...
temperatures are racing towards 0 degrees. Ice is covering most of the lakes in
Wisconsin and getting thick on the lakes in the Northern half of the state.
This is the time of the
year when the die-hards come out to take on the bitter cold to do what they
But ice fishing doesn't
have to be just for those fishing fanatics. If you usually put fishing into the
back of your mind during the cold winter, you might want to think about reaching
back and pulling it to the front a few months early. Ice fishing is definitely
different than fishing in the middle of a muggy Wisconsin summer, but it may be
more fun than you might be thinking it is.
Ice fishing isn't just
about staring down into a dark hole in the middle of a big cold lake freezing
your butt off... if you put your line in the water and do nothing but sit and
stare at the hole and never get a bite, that could end up being a long boring
day, but you can make it fun (but if the fish are active and biting, then it
will be fun regardless!)...
Go with friends! Unless
you need some "alone time," ice fishing with friends or family always makes for
a better experience. Since ice fishing is more of a waiting game than
fast-action summer fishing is, if you don't have somebody to talk to, you might
start talking to yourself! If you do go along, at least bring a radio.
Got snowmobiles or ATVs?
Do you know somebody who does? Take them out on the lake with you. Set your
tip-ups up, and then go for a ride around the lake... as long as you don't get
to far away from your tip-ups, you may be able to do a little exploring or have
a little fun while your waiting for that 8 pound walleye to take your bait.
Don't forget that hot
chocolate or coffee! If it's cold, nothing helps keep you warm like a hot
drink... and to me, no other hot drink beats hot chocolate. Soup is always good
too... and if you plan on making a lunch on the lake from all the fish your
catching, be sure to bring cooking supplies, including something to actually
cook the fish with.
If you're going with
friends, bring something to toss around... a football, frisbee, hacky-sack,
whatever... just don't kill yourself diving for a catch on the ice! These things
will at least keep you busy while you wait for that tip-up flag to spring up.
Just remember, to make
sure that you stay close enough to the tip-ups at all times so that you can
respond within a reasonable time of the flag going up.
So, if you've always
stuck to summer fishing and never wanted to venture out fishing during the
winter months, you ought to give it a try this winter... you might just find out
what a great rewarding experience it can be...
And just remember,
unlike Wisconsin's muggy summers, there are absolutely no bugs biting you while
you are ice fishing, so you can keep that mosquito spray at home!