When you get to a location where the ice is covered in snow, think Light! If the lake is covered in snow, light does not exist below the ice. Use a snow shovel and clear an area where the light will shine. Even if the light is reduced by the thick ice, more light will be available where you clear the snow. Now the fish are attracted to this spotlight of light in a dark and desolate environment.
Once the fish are drawn to this illuminated area, your chances of catching have improved. Now consider using the scents, action, sounds, and other tricks to stimulate the fish’s senses.
Glow jigs also are a huge advantage. Use a small flashlight to charge the lures before dropping them into the hole. Lighted baits stimulate strikes.
The opposite is true in a lake where the ice is clear. Find a place with dirty and cloudy ice. Cut your holes around the edge. Fish are avoiding light. Shade provides security. Pretend the dirty surface ice is a shelter where the fish feel safer.
When you fish at night, drill a secondary hole between your fishing holes. This “Light Hole” should not touch the water. Make it a shallow, dry hole and place a battery light, or candle in the hole. Cover it with a bucket. The ice surrounding this hole will become illuminated. Fish will be attracted, you will have a potential heat source, and you can see your other rods and fishing area.
Whenever you fish, always consider the senses of the fish. If you do. You will catch more fish.
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