It really depends on the day. You can definately catch walleyes throughout the day if you can follow their movements. Usually they will be hanging out deeper during the day and are slightly less active, so a slower jigging approach as well as tip-ups are my go to strategies
. Electronics help a ton!
During the middle of the day can be pretty tough for me sometimes. Usually I'll fish deeper, and have had some success, but the best bite always seems to be dawn and dusk.
Great point about reading through the ice, Rich!
I will also add that for locating prime structures a good GPS with a depth contour overlay is very valuable.
Any specific tips for northern pike?
Bigger pike like access to deep water, especially in early winter. I like to set tip ups on weed edges at the top of sharp dropoffs.
Tony, that is one of my most favorite techniques for late ice! For some reason the silver seems to be my best color. Don't be afraid to go big either. The closer to spring it gets, the more their metabolisms speed up in preparation for the spawn.
Golden shiners have always been
my best pike bait.
Alright final topic before moving onto Q&A, Maximizing Your Time, and a question for our panel. Between jigging, tip ups, live bait, artificial bait, etc. how do you keep yourself organized?
For maximizing my time, I like to jig with artificial lures until I know I've located fish. Fishing lures makes it very easy to stay mobile. Once I'm on fish, I'll usually set some tip ups.
Being in WI we can fish 3 lines per person, so I will generally set 2 tip ups and stagger them from shallow to deep. I usually have about 8 additional holes that are also staggered that I will jump around to and jig while I wait for some action. Once I start getting bites or flags at a certain depth, I'll move my tip ups to that depth and try to follow the fish
For jigging applications, live bait is usually a last resort for me.
Speaking of Fishidy and the mobile app, how do you guys find its most effective as it applies to ice fishing?
Tim mentioned using artificials. Once you are on a hot bite (and sometimes the window can be very short) using artificials is a great way to stay on top of the fish. Since they are more durable you don't have to worry about rebaiting after strikes or missed fish
I use fishidy extensively to find high percentage areas on bodies of water that I've never fished before. It's also a cool way to follow seasonal movements if you keep track of your catches!
use the GPS along with the fishidy map to position yourself on productive areas. I like to do research or "prefishing" on the website! It is a game changer in the ice fishing market! Especially with the increasing service area and speed of phones for the app!!!
Good point Noah, logging of catches is huge!
I agree with Noah. Fishidy can be thought of as a fishing journal. You can look at the map of your favorite waterway, and check out your own previous catches as well as those from other people, along with all of the corresponding catch data.
Alright well great, let's open up the floor for some general questions!
One of the quickest ways to become a better angler is to understand the fish you are targeting. By learning their seasonal movements and patterns, you can cut out a lot of water and narrow your search to high percentage areas to maximize your time on the water (hard or soft)!
And panelists feel free to ask questions as well
Like I mentioned before, a great place to start is what you might consider to be your classic walleye structure. It depends a lot on the body of water you are fishing. Generally You want to find areas that have fairly quick depth changes. Walleyes will usually chase baitfish up against these drops or sit on the edge of them.
Any tips for taking kids fishing for the first time?
Depends on the mood of the fish. Let them tell you what they want! Go ahead and try fast and furious and slow and lethargic. This is where electronics are going to help you out a lot! If you are being too aggressive, a lot of times you will see the fish check it out, then swim away. If that happens, slow down once they commit, and slowly raise the lure. That is usually when I get the most strikes
Ok everyone that's it for tonight's chat session! Thanks for attending and big thank you to our panel for sharing their tips with us and helping answer questions! The transcript of this chat will always be available at live.fishidy.com if you want to reference it at a future date.
Good night everyone, until next time, we'll see you on Fishidy!
Thanks for having us! Looking forward to doing it again!
Thanks for organizing this, Jon!