Benefits of Ice Fishing
For many fishermen winter doesn’t mean a stop for fishing. Rather winter is just the perfect environment to enjoy the winter weather and the challenge of ice fishing on the many frozen lakes and waterways. Ice fishing offers several advantages to summer fishing although many people don’t realize all the benefits in choosing off-season fishing.
Ice fishing can be done in the open on a sunny or clear day or with the use of ice fishing tents, ice fishing houses or ice fishing shacks, many of which are very portable and easy to construct out on the ice. One of the benefits to using ice fishing tents, ice fishing houses or ice fishing shacks is that portable ice fishing heaters can be used to keep the temperature inside comfortable, even on very cold days.
On a clear winter day when the wind is calm, there is nothing quite as relaxing as finding a nice, clear, open piece of ice, drilling a hole and setting up your chair and sit back and enjoy the scenery and catch some fish.Since ice fishing tends to be less popular than traditional summer fishing, there is usually less competition for the best places to fish on the lake as well as a better chance of getting your limit.
The simplest method for ice fishing out on the lake is line fishing, which uses a jigging rod and reel and a set of lures or bait rather than a casting or fly type set-up. Winter fishing requires greater line depth as fish move away from the colder surface waters down to the deep areas of the lake where smaller fish and food are more likely to gather. Since ice fishing is less equipment intensive than some of the other types of fishing, icefishing is a great family activity and for kids.
There is also a special kind of ice fishing reel and rod holder known as ice fishing tip-ups. Ice fishing tip-ups are handy devices that both keep your line in the water as well as have a flag at the end so that it is easy to see the fish hitting on the ice fishing tip-ups lure at the bottom of the ice fishing tip-ups line. Most ice fishing tip-ups have various settings for either nibbles or strong biters, providing easy warning for winter anglers wearing thick gloves that may tend to decrease the vibrations normally felt on the line in warm weather fishing.
Icefishing tends to be a more social event than traditional fishing. Ice fishermen often gather in one area, share ice fishing tents and ice fishing shanties and even set up impromptu icefishing competitions. There are some areas that host ice fishing tournaments which make for a great day of outdoor winter fun.