It seems like it has been in forever since I had gotten out fishing on the ice, and thanks to housesitting in Monroe for 9 days, it was like that! I had enough and this weekend it was time to bust out the Vexilar, sled and rods! I tried a few spots that I always wanted to try. That didn’t work out so well, but sometimes you have to try or you never know for sure. It is part of the fun of ice fishing, or any fishing for that matter. You never know, you just might locate the next “hot spot”.
I finally got into a good bite of nice sized pumpkin seeds and 10+ inch crappies. It wasn’t a great bite, but must say everyone else around me was doing a lot worse, so I stayed in the same area most of the afternoon. The hot ticket was a glow red Clam Drop Jig, size #14.
Here is the twist, since I was after crappie, and detest getting my hands wet when fishing off the bucket in the open, I skipped getting minnows, put the spikes away and busted out some plastics. All the big crappie came on Northland Tackle’s Mini Smelt in Glo White. I teased most of the fish up until they were biting four foot off the bottom in 12 feet of water.