Ice Fishing Techniques That Will Make You A Better Angler

Ice Fishing Techniques

Fishing in water is a fun activity, but ice fishing in the winter is a whole thrilling adventure in itself. Ice fishing is filled with risks and requires experience but once you have mastered the art then you will be hooked to it probably for life. However, they say life is a continuous learning process so read on to learn about ice fishing techniques that will make you more skilled.

Before you go on, I would like to emphasize the risks of ice fishing, fishing is very risky and dangerous. Remember ice is just frozen water and the depth may vary from place to place. If you are a learner always take caution and have a more experienced person accompanying you. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Know The Type Of Fish You Want

A lake with a mountain in the background

Before you apply any fishing technique, you should know the type of fish you will be fishing. Do the fish swim near the shallows of the lake or further inside at deeper levels. Normally during winter, most fish will migrate to deeper levels of water.

Deeper water is warmer than shallow water, therefore, to increase the chances of catching fish one has to fish in fairly deep waters. When ice fishing you will have to dig several holes strategically to locate the fish. Digging several holes will help you come up with a test pattern that will help you locate the fish.


A group of fish

Chumming is the method of luring fish to your hole by use of bait. Before you chum, you should make sure it is legal or obtain necessary permits, in some parts such as Alabama chumming fish is illegal. Scattering waxworms or minnows into the water will attract hungry fish.

Once the fish have been attracted you can now use your hook and line to catch fish. Chumming is effective because during winter food is scarce in the lake hence the fish will be easily attracted to the smell of food.

Ice Fishing Jigging

A jig is a bait that is used to lure a fish to bite and get caught by the hook. There are different kinds of jigs. To ensure your jig is effective drop it into the water and let it sink to the bottom. You can stir the bottom slightly and slowly raise your jig.

Move your jig sideways, upwards and, downwards. If the fish are active move your jig vigorously this is very effective when catching smaller fish like panfish. However, this might discourage the fish from biting the bait but it is a matter of trial and error.


Success in ice fishing is a matter of the amount of knowledge you have. The more knowledge you have in regards to location patterns of fish, and the mastery of ice fishing techniques the more fish you will catch. Many other techniques have not been covered. My advice would be to stick with one ice fishing technique and perfect it.

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