Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Bay of Quinte

Monday, 28 March 2016 40736 Views 0 Comments

It has been hot so far on Quinte this year with all the great early ice providing access to normally open water areas. I have Iced 35 Walleye so far, Including a 10+ Beast one my 3rd outing!. I have fished from one end of the Bay to the other this year, and have had success with every spot. The pressure has started on the weekends and is turning the bite off in usually productive areas. I find the biggest trick to locating fish and having the time to play them, is separating from the pack completely and checking your own ice with a chisel as you go. The jig pattern I have found most productive this year is a hard sweep from aboutĀ  a foot off of bottom to about five feet, then let fall. Once you are marking a fish continue the routine that brought the fish in and look for building aggression like increase in speed coming under your lure. If it seems to just sit and watch try stopping the lure at the top of your jig stroke and give it a wiggle… if this provokes a dart towards the lure continue the jiggle while reeling in line. As the fish gains on the lure slightly keep it away from the fish while continuing to jiggle and raise. 80% of the fish I have iced this year hit in the top 5 ft of the water column, usually in 20+ feet of water. I have lost some big fish this year, as have some of my Family and friends I have taken out on the ice. My greatest moments of this ice season so far are, Getting my Dad out on the ice for the first timeĀ  since his accident and seeing him fight a 10lb plus Walleye!…. Unfortunately he lost that fish near the hole but the following day he iced 2 great fish and lost another. My Wife has also done great on all of her outings this year, including her best this year with a 8.5 – 9 lb Male!. The action has been immense, and the ice has never been better……. Still a whole season ahead of us, and off to a great start.

 

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As always, practice catch and release whenever possible to keep our great fisheries alive, and share the thrill of catching fish for generations to come.

There is nothing wrong with a selective harvest. If keeping fish know the laws, limits, and boundaries of the areas and zones you are fishing.

 

Chris Langeman

FishFanatic

fishfanatic.ca

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