Two firsts today. I got out ice fishing on Lake Thunderbird for the first time. I took my friend Jim and it was his first time ice fishing. We had what I would call near perfect conditions. 5 to 6 inches of good solid ice and temperatures ranging from about 32 degrees in the morning to 40 plus in the afternoon so it was pretty comfortable.
We got on the ice a little after 8 am and I drilled a hole right at the boat ramp to check the thickness. Knowing that we had plenty of good ice helped both Jim and I to proceed with some confidence, but we continued drilling holes to check thickness and to fish.
The first few holes didn’t produce any fish, but I remembered a spot that I used to get hung up when I was trolling in the open water season, so I knew there was something there that might hold fish. I drilled a hole there and started catching fish almost immediately, both Blue Gill and Crappie.
We fished there till the bite died off and then moved down a little ways where we caught a few more Gills. I drilled several more holes catching a fish here and there and we called it quites about 1 pm. Hard to beat fresh Crappie and Blue Gill for supper.
I got out ice fishing this past Saturday, thanks to Nat Herman with Herman Brothers Lake and Land Management. We had to work a little to find and catch fish, but thanks to the fact that we were with people that knew the lake and knew how to use flashers to find fish, there were plenty of fish caught.
One of the biggest take aways from the day was learning how to use a flasher for ice fishing. This is invaluable information and I will have a had time ever ice fishing without one.
Nate will be doing guided ice fishing trips on his lakes through the winter. Click on the “Guided Fishing Trips” at www.hbpondmanagement.com for more information.
How and/or how much do you use your Electronics for fishing? Do you just use it for depth or do you use it to find fish holding structure, bait fish, and fish themselves? What about GPS, mapping, water temperature, down imaging, side imaging, boat speed, tracking?
When I asked that same question on Facebook, Brian Mazur, who fishes the Illinois Walleye Trail said, ” My Lowrance units are my life line for all of the above. If it says there is nothing I move on. Once you learn how to use and read them properly they’re priceless.”
Hoping I will soon have that kind of confidence in my electronics as I’m planning to get a new unit before spring.
I’ve heard the same comment I got from Brian from other professional fisherman such as Al and Jim Lindner in some of their videos, yet I talk to quit a lot of fisherman who pretty much just use their electronics for checking the depth.
I’ve been drooling over down imaging and side imaging units for quit a while now. Anything to do with electronics changes fast. I paid over $4000 for my first for my first lap top 15 to 20 years ago. Now you can buy one with more power and memory for 1/10th of that.
Just like lap top computers, with electronics for fishing you can get more and pay less than just a few years ago.
So how about you. Are you like Brian Mazur and the Lindners, using electronics to their full potential, or just using them for depth, or maybe somewhere in between?