This week’s Frigid Weather Ice Fishing Report brought to you by Tom Neustrom, owner of MN Fishing Connections Guide Service. With the bitter cold weather of late, ice fishing has been at a temporary standstill. We are Minnesotan’s and everything will be normal in a day or so.
Winter travel on lakes is still advised with snowmobiles or on plowed resort roads. Ice fishing will be resumed after the cold blast and small baits will be key. Fish, as with most animal life, will tend not to move around much during these severe high pressure and cold front situations.
After drilling several holes, especially chasing panfish, tone down your small baits to 1/32 or 1/64th with just one wax worm or two euro larvae. Use your electronics to find fish as you move hole to hole. When you drop your line, a slow decent staying slightly above the fish will be key to getting bit. You may only catch a few fish in one hole, so be ready to move to another hole, usually not traveling too far.
Four pound test winter mono is about perfect for all winter conditions, but you may have to come down to two pound test to acquire the correct drop. Soft tip rods are also critical for the very slightest bites. Bluegills and crappies are the target species and if you would rather fish plastics let me suggest the best colors to try. Very soft black, red, or translucent colors work the best. The preferred diet of panfish in the winter are grubs and the mentioned colors best imitate the natural colors of the specific types of food they feed on in the winter. Do not fish these baits fast and a slow quiver of the rod tip can entice even the most stubborn fish into biting. As the weather begins to warm again, get out and try these options for panfish. The late winter bite can be frustrating, but these tips will put a few more fish in the bucket for you.
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