hi all, newbie here. this is my first time out on the ice. tried out bald eagle for the first time. dont get me wrong i love to fish in the spring every chance i get and hunt every winter also. now that seasons are over and i need to get out so i decided ice fishing will be my cure. so i was fortunate to pick up a vexilar and ice portable along with tackle and everything else i needed. well last weekend i went to bald eagle with a buddy of mine(his first time too) and we just got skunked. so if u guys can be nice and point a fella in the right direction that would be awesome. not asking for your honeyhole but what to use where to use(depth,time of day,etc.)in search of MR. CRAPPIE and some nice GILLS. thanks in advance and to all your guys time. have a great day out on the ice.
Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!
Try the North and Northeast end of the island and around that point. It gets deep fast. Start about 15 feet from land and start drilling a hole every 5 feet away from the island. You'll find it gets deep very fast. After 10 or 15 holes. Start at the first hole and watch the vex. If you see nothing, go to the next. And the next, etc... If you find fish and they're not biting, they're just not biting. In that case, start using smaller jigs/small bait. Keep downsizing until you are into micro jigs. Don't even need bait on them, small is the ticket.
If none of that works, ask a local... there'll be a few out there. Might have to fish at dawn or dusk to catch anything.
There's also a point due North of there that you may want to try... a hole a few hundred yards to the west of that point. You may have to hop around a while to find them, again.
during the day today we needed to get very small to make a catch but we caught plenty of small to medium sized crappies. green and white were the colors we caught most with on a 100th oz hair jig or waxies.
we stayed away from the crowd and found fish any where from 15 ft to 30 ft. won't say exactly where we fished but I think your odds would be good looking in between those depths...