If you’ve ever driven by a lake during winter in the colder states, there’s often an angler or two out there by a hole on the ice, waiting for the catch. Ice fishing has been practiced for thousands of years, but it will only yield its rewards after great patience, knowledge and skill.
Ice fishing can be done on any frozen water body. Lakes and ponds are your best bet, while rivers can be trickier. People who make good money on ice fishing have invested in nice cabins and equipment on the lake, but when it comes to survival, you’ll have to settle for the basic materials you have.
Now, here’s the truth: ice fishing can be dangerous. The ice should be a minimum of four-inches thick before you even think of setting foot on it. But even though ice fishing is risky for survival, fish are one of the best sources of protein available in the wilderness — and could be a life-saver when food is in short supply.
Despite this, don’t let your motivation for the fish overcome your better judgment; if you feel you are in danger out there on the ice, get off immediately.
Here are five tips for ensuring a successful catch:
1. Keep the Hole Covered. If light shines through the hole in the ice, the fish will be more likely to avoid the area. Keep the hole covered as much as possible. This is especially true for shallower spots on the lake, where the light shining through will be clearer. You may not have thought fish could be so sensitive to light and dark, but they definitely are.