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Question by ElkHunter_28. Uploaded on December 14, 2009
Alot of variables here....what species are you fishing for?, what kind of water are you fishing on? On lakes and ponds 5" of solid clear ice is enough to safely support a fisherman, while on rivers I wouldnt step foot on anything less than 8" of ice.
Most basic ice fishing lures are ballhead jigs and live bait(sized to fish species yer after.Maggots and waxies for panfish, minnows and leeches for walleye,trout and bass and large minnows or suckers for pike and musky.Rapala jigging minnows,swedish pimples and other jigging spoons also work in some situations.If live bait isnt legal/avaible the GULP line of soft plastics work well under the ice as well.
Depend on what species you are fishing for, and 4 inches is pretty safe ice.
live minnow and six inches of ice
General rule is five inches of good clear ice to support a person. I a big guy, no less than six for me.
The least amount of ice I go out on knowing I'm safe is 6 inches. But I like using "Jigging Shad Raps" made by Rapala. I catch big bluegills, big crappie, and bass of all sizes. I've also lost some HUGE fish while using them. I don't know if they were big pike or walleye but I've had some bigguns on.
Matters what you are fishing for?And six inches.
The northland forage minnow spoon or fire-eye minnow will catch about anything that swims. If you are fishing for panfish use the small sizes. If you are targeting bass or walleye, use the larger size. I switch out the treble hooks that come on them for either a smaller treble hook or a tiny single shank hook for panfish. I tip them with wax worms for panfish or minnow heads for anything else
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