Ice Fishing: Don’t Forget the Gear

When ice fishing for crappie, pick a very light weight line the crappie is not a heavy fish and in the cold waters the fight will be minimal. There are various brands that support and sell lines that are targeted to ice fishing so be sure to select a line that can tolerate the colder temperature. Also select a line that will not reflect a lot of light or more importantly will not create contrast to the background that is under the ice.

Now you have a hole, a pole and a line to put in water so what do you put down there. Use something that reflects a lot of light and preferably use live bait. Small minnows and meal worms are great starters. Remember it is cold and that fish will avoid something that looks too good to be true they are looking for something that is high in nutrition but doesn’t take a lot of effort to eat or catch. If you chose live bait remember that it is cold and your bait will freeze easily so be sure to put your bait in a cooler to stay warm, so leave the beer out of the cooler and put your bait in there.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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