Monday, December 31, 2012

Hard Water continued....

The fishing trip was a success. It was a great way to kick off the season and get me excited for a lot more ice fishing to come. With 6-8" of ice and temperatures well below freezing, there was plenty of safe fishing.
The pan fish made us work for them, but through patience and persistence, drilling lots of holes and probing the entire water column with my jigs, I was able to find a depth and bait combination that worked. I don't fish with electronics yet. Every time I go out,  I convince myself I am going to buy a flasher. I still haven't pulled the trigger on that investment. If I can find vegetation, take the time to fish the entire water column, it usually produces. Along with starting small, and eventually working my way up to the biggest bait fish willingly take.

We put  nice Bluegills, Crappie and Perch on the ice. Enough for a solid meal or two with the family.

Some of the Crappie were pushing 14 inches. Unfortunately the largest caught was lost at the hole, but it didn't matter. We got what we came for, and had a great time.


  1. a very nice crappie indeed, happy new year

  2. Blake, thanks for the New Year Wishes. Wishing you the best as well! Tight lines and may it be a great year with lots of fish.

  3. Kevin, thanks for posting!
    Glad you did because now I have discovered your blog along with your great idea for reusing old VHS boxes. I can't wait to dig in for more reading.

  4. Nice blog, love the title photo. That boat is in one of my favorite movies. The Great Outdoors with John Candy and Dan Akroyd.

  5. Thanks Kevin! Glad you like our blog.
    The Great Outdoors is also one of my favorites. A true classic.