Two ice fishing tips for hard water anglers
By angelamontana

Posted: December 15, 2020

Everybody has their own methods of catching fish through the ice.  However, sometimes, some ice anglers look for tips from experienced anglers.

Here are two tips from Utah Outdoor Activities that may help you catch more fish:

1 – One of the biggest struggles most Ice Fishermen face is locating the fish. Depending on what species of fish you’re targeting they can be found near the bottom or anywhere in the water column to just below the ice. One of the techniques I like to use is, once my jig is sitting on the bottom I reel my line up a few turns. I then allow it to sit for several minutes and I continue this process until I get a bit, catch a fish, or sense some sort of fish activity. Once I have located my chosen depth I continue to fish this exact depth each and every time. Don’t hesitate to switch up your jig, or bait, move around, drill some test holes and continue this process.

2 – During the winter the fish slow down and become lethargic, meaning the fish are not going to use too much energy to go after your jig. So, once you have found your chosen fishing location and fishing depth try this cool technique to entice a strike from inactive fish. It’s called the “twist”. You simply twist your line a let it go. What this does is provide just enough action on your jig to entice a bite, but it also keeps your jig at the exact depth you have chosen. Unlike jigging which moves your jig up and down the water column the “twist” technique allows you to put your jig in action without moving it out of the strike zone.