I have almost no expeirence ice fishing and I am planning (last minute) to go to a fishing tourny in Big Lake. If I want to catch northern Pike what do I need to purchase (keeping in mind I probably will not ice fish much so I don't want to make a big investment. I want to use sucker minnows.
If you want to go real basic just buy some tip ups. You can pick up a couple for $5-10 each.
Buy some line for the tip up and attach a swivel to the end of it, where you can attach a leader a plain hook and some weight. Slap a sucker minnow on there and drop it down the hole. Kick back and wait for the flags to fly.
Do you have an auger? If are using a hand auger be prepared for a workout, the late season ice is always fun to drill through.
The Northerns should be in there Prespawn, they'll be in shallows 3-6ft,want a few weeds, feeding right under the ice 1-2ft,they'll hit hard and run like hell, use a heavy hook and braided line, fun time to catch them, Good Luck Chris
Pike Lover, for the cheapest way to fish for pike thought the ice is using a tip up but for the big lake tourney i'd recamend is just a plain old cheap fishing rod and reel and a glow bight red lure buck shot tiped with a fat head minnow works the best being this is your first time ice fishing and your not sure you are going again..
i can give you a few more tips on the ice tomorrow to I'll be helping with the kids clinic down there..feel free to give me a holler i might even give a few adults a few tips..
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