Where are the best ice fishing spots?

Determining the best ice fishing spots can be tricky because there are so many ice fishing opportunities in the north. However, if you look at the lists of the best ice fishing spots in the US on the internet, these places have some things in common.

The first component of all the best ice fishing spots is ice. Lots of it. It is recommended that at least 4 inches of ice be formed to support the weight of a fisherman. Some lakes in states best known for ice fishing, like Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin, may even reach ice thick enough to keep you going (12-15 inches)! Regardless of the thickness, it is a good idea to take precautions such as: B. wearing a life jacket, wearing safety ice and never fishing alone.

When trying to figure out where to go ice fishing, keep in mind that the best ice fishing spots are areas that are productive even when the water is open. If you have trouble catching fish on a lake in the warmer months, you probably don’t have much patience to fish through the ice either. However, if you’ve seen at least a lot of smaller fish on this lake, one of the basics of ice fishing is to reduce the size of your gear, both line and hook size. This smaller and slower presentation could help you spot a new bite.

And speaking of productive waters, it’s hard to hit a farm pond to learn how to ice fishing. Here the fish are concentrated in a much smaller body of water. This greatly increases your chances of getting some confidence in ice fishing, then trying to spread while shaking on larger bodies of water.

When deciding where to go ice fishing in productive water over safe ice, consider the knowledge you have acquired in the open water. You may need to drill lots of holes to locate the deeper channel, weed edge, firmer soil, or piece of submerged structure that will allow for a successful outing. When your fishing license is up to date, find a buddy and pound some holes in safe ice. You might find some new, best ice fishing spots!

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to 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 graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.


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