Fishing During A Freeze: What Every Beginner Needs To Know
Fishing isn’t exclusive to the summer setting of a cooler full of chilled drinks and a lawn chair sprawled out across the dock. In fact, any avid fisherman settling for only one sporting season of the year is doing themselves and their passion a disservice. Ice fishing, the practice of catching fish with lines or spears after drilling an opening/hole over a frozen body of water provides a unique thrill unmatched in the warmer months.
In the serenity of the still winter air, you can enjoy the quiet satisfaction of waiting for a bite and the heart-pumping adrenaline of reeling in a catch without the competition for the best fishing spots prevalent during the spring/summer. Ice fishing isn’t reserved for the blustery, icy climates of places like Alaska and Northern Canada, and is far more accessible than many imagine. The majority of states offer ice fishing areas open to the public, so long as you have the correct licenses - so why not try it out right here in California?
You can’t head to the frozen water with just a rod and a tackle box as you would in the summer, as ice-fishing requires specific equipment. While you can save money and time on the maintenance of a boat by walking out to the perfect fishing spot, you will need to make sure you have the following gear for successful ice fishing during a freeze.
- Ice Fishing Rod - different from an ordinary freshwater rod and built to withstand pulling your catch through tight holes carved in the ice.)
- Fishing Reel
- Ice Auger - this is how you’ll actually access the water beneath the thick layer of ice.)
- Tackle Box - a must-have for any fishing trip, no matter the season.)
- Ice Fishing Line - this line is sturdier and more durable than standard fishing line, made to withstand freezing temperatures and large catches)
- Lures and Bait
With this equipment, it won’t be long before you experience the warm satisfaction of pulling your first catch through the hole you’ve drilled. After the fish is removed from the hook, be sure to follow the guidelines for proper preservation. These differ slightly from the storing techniques of a thawed-water haul to make certain you preserve the integrity of your catch. Taking proper precautions to stay warm during colder temperatures by dressing appropriately and packing a stocked safety kit will ensure your time spent fishing on the ice is one you won’t soon forget.
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Jackie, Contributing writer