Ice Fish

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  1. tracker

    tracker Life Member

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    How many of you guys on here ice fish??
    I just started a few years ago and really enjoy it!! I try to hit alot of the lakes around me and travel up to Clear Lake, Silver, Rice and Crystal 2 or 3 times a year early when we don't have ice.
    I thought hunting was expensive. It doesn't take long to climb over a grand when you start buying all the nice stuff for this sport also. But what the hell, you can't take it with you right?? LOL
     
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  3. NWBuck

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    Yeah, we usually hit the Iowa Great Lakes for panfish several times a year, but haven't been there yet this year. With the snow pack we have now, probably not going to happen for awhile unless a person has a sled or likes to walk a bunch. If you could get set up with the basics for a grand, you've found bargains. Shack, vexilar, auger, rods, etc. And if you have a family member that likes to go along, better have 2 vexilars. Still fun, and love the fried fish!!

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  4. goatman

    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Nothing better than fish out of cold water.
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    All I see is food on the ice!
     
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    Do you folks think winter fish taste better than summer? The few hard water fish I caught years ago seemed to be firmer (no they weren't frozen) and just taste better. Am I nuts? Don't answer that.
     
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    I haven’t been out this year, but we got this mess last year after I was sent “home” from the hospital in early labor... 12 hours later my son was born.
     

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    I do. I also give my fillets an ice water bath right after cleaning the rest of the year and I think it firms them up.
     
  9. tracker

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    With the catfish there is a huge difference. The pan fish are better also I believe.
    Its just great being able to set up above the fish and not float off your target area like you do with a boat.
    Plus the electronics are crazy!! Vexilars, cameras, panoptix-it's crazy
    Its still like summer fishing though-you can mark all the fish in the area but getting them to bite can be frustrating. Especially with pressures changing.
     
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    Bonker the filets are good for your belly, and the fish scraps would be good for your trapline. Could possibly double your production with some fish cleanings for chum!
     
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    I don’t notice the difference with panfish, but cold water is huge for catfish and trout. We don’t keep Catfish unless they are caught at ice out.
     
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    Yea I’m into it! We fish quite a bit. Building new house this year it’s cut into the fun but we still get out!
     
  13. tracker

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    I caught my first walleye through the ice this year and a personal best 15" crappie.
    Still have yet to bring a catfish up. I usually fish suspended so that may not happen for a while
     
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    Well this thread makes ice fishing appear to be moderately enjoyable... who wants to take me, i'll supply the bourbon.
     
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    Ice fishing is a blast. Don't have to worry about coolers to keep the beer or fish cold.
     

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