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Eskimo Ice Fishing Tips

  • If you’re fishing in very shallow water or suspended crappies near the bottom of the ice - leaving slush in your holes can make fish less finicky by blocking a 'light beam' from projecting down on the fish.

    - Ryan Wieland, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • Use a separate fridge for spikes and set to the coldest setting (34 degrees). They'll last much longer.

    - Scott Albrecht, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • Be sure to practice selective harvest when chasing bluegills. 9.5"+ fish are very important for future growth and reproduction of the species to a body of water. Replica mounts are just as good!

    - Ryan Wieland, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • Keep a journal and record every detail of the day. In mine I record time/date, location, temperature (water and air), GPS coordinates and weather conditions. I also make a note of every fish caught including species, size, depth caught, time caught and what I caught them with. It is amazing how many times I’ve gone through my journal and found patterns in my fishing habits that have made me more effective on the ice.

    - Steve Maynard, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • When targeting mid-winter crappies, start by searching for the deepest hole or basin on the lake and searching the steepest drop-off leading into deep water. Most times fish will be suspended off the bottom!

    - Ryan Wieland, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • When selecting bait size try following this rule: shallow water (<20 feet) go bigger, deeper water go smaller. I find this method extremely effective for jigging lake trout, but it works for other species as well. Shallow fish are hunting the structure for food. Deep-water fish are resting but often will take a small presentation

    - Steve Maynard, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • When setting up your hub shelter on windy days, pop open two sides facing the wind and anchor those before expanding the rest of the shack. This will hold the hub in place for you while completing setup.

    - Ryan Wieland, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • Use adhesive toe warmers stuck to your rod handle to keep ungloved hands warm.

    - Scott Albrecht, Eskimo Regional Pro Staff

  • Don’t always hunt big fish; try hunting their prey instead. Sometimes during slow parts of the day I like to jump around with my electronics and find areas that hold small perch or small bluegill. That way, when the magic hour hits I know where the food is. This also helps choose a presentation that may be more appealing to predatory fish in the area.

    - Steve Maynard, Regional Pro Staff

  • Want to keep your costly minnow purchase from spoiling? Keep them in a cool place in a 5-gallon bucket, and change the water every two days.

    - Steve Foss, Steve Foss Guide Service

  • Keep in mind lake water clarity when targeting certain species. Darker, tannic water often produces a better day bite for walleye and crappie. Clear water lakes often produce a better pre-dawn and night bite.

    - Ryan Salemi, Regional Pro Staff

  • As you fold your shacks up for storage, stuff some dryer sheets in the nooks and crannies. It will keep your shacks smelling nice and fresh, and it will help keep mice out.

    - Troy Peterson, Mr. Bluegill Guide Service

  • Be mobile and persistant. Always take notes and record hot bites, spots, date, time, etc. It all pays off in time. Have fun!

    - Doug Miller, Fish Addictions Pro Staff

  • First and foremost be safe out there! If you don't know the ice conditions check them get a good quality spud bar. Check the ice go with a buddy carry rope.

    - Chad Meyer, Eskimo Pro Staff

  • Be prepared. I fish a lot of large bodies of water, and when traveling across the ice, you never know what can happen. Bring extra hats, gloves, fuel and food, and make sure to be safe.

    - Anthony Kleinwachter, Fish Addictions Pro Staff

  • After respooling spinning reels, let the lure sit just off the bottom without jigging for a couple minutes to remove line twist.

    - Steve Foss, Steve Foss Guide Service

  • Don’t shy away from light line when fishing tiny tungsten jigs for panfish. The use of palm rods combined with light line (1-2lb Test) and tiny jigs (2-3mm) is a killer combo on days where light bites need to be detected.

    - Scott Albrecht, 2016 USA Ice Team Member

  • After using different lures, line them up, inspect them, and try to learn from them. This is an easy way to visualize what is and isn’t working.

    - Andy Petterson,

  • Mix it up. Fishing the same way for an extended period of time can be very ineffective. Don’t be afraid to move frequently, switch baits often, or change presentation depth. By doing this, you will locate more fish and learn new methods making you a more effective fisherman.

    - Steve Maynard, Eskimo Pro Staff

  • Don’t limit your presentation to a narrow range within the water column, such as a foot or two off the bottom. All too often I have seen fish come through as "high flyers" that are not recognized by anglers as viable targets. Often the most active fish in a body of water found higher in the water column, cruising in search of food. While focusing on the highest percentage zone, always keep an eye on the entire range from top to bottom, raising up your bait to place it in front of or slightly above the high flying mark to entice a bite. It could mean icing a few more fish during the day.

    - Kyle Agre, Brewer-Agre Outdoors

  • Mark the depth next to your ice holes.

    - Anthony Kleinwachter, Fish Addictions and Eskimo Pro Staff

  • When chasing Crappies don’t be afraid to move, there is no such thing as too many holes.

    - Thor Skoe, Fish Addictions and Eskimo Pro Staff

  • Drastic changes in the barometer can lead to some of your best fishing. On average days "low means slow," and fish move to the deep. High means go time where fish will be more active in any column of water.

    - Andy Petterson,

  • When you go out fishing, make sure to take a journal along with you. Document where you were fishing, depth, what you were using for a lure, bait, the weather for the day and how many fish you caught. This way, when ice season approaches you can look back at your journal and see what worked best for you last year when you fished that lake. Plus it's always fun to see how many fish you caught last year.

    - Nancy Koep, Eskimo Pro Staff

  • Tired of your tip-up holes icing closed? Foam hole covers keep ice away. Cost? Negligible. Benefit? Tremendous!

    - Steve Foss, Steve Foss Guide Service

  • Stay mobile on the ice. When fishing structure, drill holes in a star pattern away from the structure to cover a broader depth range and find schools of active fish.

    - Ryan Wieland, Eskimo Pro Staff

  • Scout ice fishing spots in the fall with a boat. Mark key areas on your GPS.

    - Troy Pederson, Mr. Bluegill Guide Service

  • Use a circle hook under tip-ups to avoid gut hooking fish.

    - Steve Foss, Steve Foss Guide Service

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