Amazingly, there will soon be ice fishing opportunities. For many anglers, ice fishing is a strange novelty, especially useful for combating deep winter cabin fever. But many others can’t wait as with experience this becomes one of the most productive fisheries of the year. Many species of fish can be caught through the ice, but ice fishing for brown trout is great fun.
The brown trout, which originally come from Europe, are widespread. They are typically about 8-10 inches stocked, but can eventually reach 40 pounds when conditions and food sources are favorable. These fish can be aggressive and eat large prey such as mice. However, if you do fish for ice trout, then scale down your presentations. The best bait for brown trout ice fishing are small baits like mealworms or minnows. Or small baits that can be worked vertically, like spoons or jigs, are preferred when the water is so uncomfortably cold.
1. Use a suitable fishing line
While some brown trout ice fishing tips suggest braided line, this wouldn’t be my first choice. Because of the many strands, the braided line holds more water and therefore the fishing rod guides can become blocked with frozen ice jams more often than when using standard monofilament.
2. Review the inventory reports
Review Stocking Reports ”must be included in any list of brown trout ice fishing tips. A stocking in a body of water in the late season makes it easier to drill these holes in the ice.
3. Stay safe
Finally, you should definitely play it safe when ice fishing for brown trout or ice fishing for fish. 5 inches of ice is recommended to aid a fisherman and you certainly won’t find it in October. Be patient and make sure all of your ice fishing gear is ready when this grumpy old man winter begins to close open waters and take away your spots to cast.
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Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.