Ice Fishing Tips 12/28
Sorry I missed the tip for last week. The holiday season kept me away from the laptop for a while, but I’ve got 3 tips instore for you here. One to make up for the missed tip last week, a tip for this week, and a tip for Jesus’ birthday, Christmas!
Storing flasher transducer
I use a Marcum LX-5 and if I leave my transducer in the little cup with the styrofoam at the bottom, for an extended period of time, my transducer will be stuck and very difficult to set free. Foam will be stuck on the bottom of the transducer and frustration as well. By placing a little bit of plastic wrap in the holder, or around your tranducer, you can avoid this.
As I was pulling my shack on the ice a couple of weeks ago, I drilled a hole to check depth and check for fish. After drilling the hole and pulling my Marcum out, I soon realized what I forgot to do at the end of last spring. I forgot to put a little bit of plastic wrap in the transducer holder to keep it from sticking over the summer. I usually pull the Marcum out to charge the batteries a couple times over the warmer months, but I forgot to check the transducer. I had to use a set of needlenose pliers to pry the transducer out and this caused noticable scratches in the side of the transducer. It still works fine, but this should be a warning to all of those that have suffered the same frustrations as me. Put some plastic wrap in your transducer cup.
Checking depth without drilling holes
Unseasonably warm temperatures and a lack of snow have given fisherman in central Minnesota a chance to check water depth without drilling holes first. Many people do not know this, but in the beginning of the ice season, if the ice is somewhat clear, you can put your transducer on the ice and it will read the actual depth. This may not be practical for marking fish, but to check depth, you gotta try it.
It isn’t always as easy as setting the transducer on the ice. Sometimes you have to pour a bit of water on the ice and then lay your transducer on that layer of water to make a good “connection.” Carrying a small water bottle with you can save you a lot of hassle and energy. You will want to make sure you clear any snow or debris and find a dark spot in the ice. The dark spot will indicate clear ice. If you want to waste your time drilling lots of holes to find the right depth, go ahead. I will just pour a little water and set my transducer down, then go get the auger when I am ready to drill a hole.
Christmas Tip: Save those wrapping paper tubes
This tip is probably a bit late and I should’ve put it out before Christmas, but who knows. Those of us that celebrate a ‘late’ Christmas due to other family obligations can still use this. Save your wrapping paper tubes to protect your ice rods.
A lot of people, myself included, carry some or all of their ice fishing rods in a 5 gallon bucket. I think we all know that a tangle can go from ‘not so bad’ to ‘oh crap’, pretty quickly. If you don’t want to pony up the money for rod slicks or other expensive protection products, a wrapping paper tube is your answer. Simply take some empty rolls and run your rods inside of the them. Cut off the excess and you have a custom length rod protector.
Hopefully you take advantage of these tips like I have. I always enjoy learning about peoples new ideas or ways to improve things, especially when they are cost effective. Register to be a part of the SonarFish community and share your comments, suggestions, ideas, etc with us!
Merry Christmas everyone!
My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.