Posted Tuesday, 03 January 2012 08:27
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Catching fish through the ice doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. A short fishing rod and reel, a few hooks and a package of worms are about all you need.
Jigs and jigging spoons are great lures to use when fishing through the ice. Tipping the hook of the lure with a piece of meal worm or another bait will make the lure even more attractive to fish.
Photo by Ron Stewart
In fact, if you just want to give ice fishing a try, you don't even need an ice auger.
Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says you'll usually find plenty of predrilled holes on the ice fishing waters you visit. "If anglers drilled the holes just a day or two before," he says, "they'll have only an inch or two of ice in them. Just break that thin ice, and you're in business."
If you want to drill your own holes, though, you'll need an ice auger or a digging bar. A way to create a hole—and the most basic fishing equipment you can imagine—are all you need to catch lots of fish and have lots of fun.
Simple and affordable
In addition to warm clothes and waterproof boots, Cushing says the following gear is all you need to catch fish through the ice in the winter:
More ice fishing basics are available in two videos produced by the DWR. You can see the videos at www.youtube.com/UDWR.
The next story will teach you how to catch fish through the ice using the simple equipment mentioned in this story.
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