The days of this ice fishing season are starting to wind down as the temps are getting warmer and the rains are starting to come through. Wanted to try a secret pond today but upon arrival the shorelines were very wet and soft and some of the areas had actually started opening up and to have any chance of getting on the ice would have to drag the sled around the pond to the other side.
Decided to go to my backup pond, the one that I frequented with my kayak this past fall, and surprisingly enough, the shorelines here were very good and the ice actually was thinker at 15 inches compared to the last time that I was there.
Started in the area that I usually go to and after drilling the first hole, started producing fish right away. There were other anglers out here as well and with the nice mild temps made for a very comfortable outing. Since the temps were in the low 50s, the surface of the ice is very wet and sloppy and more water forming as the day went along.
Was using a NEW Vexilar FL-12 and was very impressed with the performance and really enjoyed the flat screen on this unit. I have been using the FL-8SE for a number of years and the flat screen of the FL-12 is so much easier to view and works great in the sunlight as well. The FL-8 was tough to read in the sun without the sun cone on there and that was the only drawback I have ever found with the FL-8.
After drilling numerous holes around this area, I would use the FL-12 to find a hole that had active fish in it. If I checked a hole and there was nothing on the screen, I would move on to the next one until fish were located. When going out with a short amount of time, this is a common thing that I do and this allows me to catch active fish and not waste precious minutes on a dead hole. This is a run and gun technique that keeps you catching fish and allowing you to maximize your time on the ice.
The baits that were working today were the Loby Baits Mousi in the pink color and T.H.E. Jig in the yellow/orange colors. These fish were fairly finicky today and they were in the water column but you really had to work them to get them to bite. The pressure is high today and with the front passing through made for a somewhat tough day. But by moving around from hole to hole made the best of it. If the fish came through the mid level of the water column, those were so much more active.
This may have been my last trip out and will have to see what this weeks weather turns to. Suppose to be around 50 all week and showers passing through just about everyday, so the ice will probably start rotting fairly quickly here.
Maybe prime time but shores are getting soft and the honey combing has begun....was on a small pond by work during lunch and the ice is only 6 inches and very honey combed....55 degrees today and a few more days of this and ice fishing will be over....going out first thing in the morning for one more go and I think I will have to call it a season....suppose to be 60 tomorrow....
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988