Who's gonna do some ice fishing this year? I know I am. Last year I went up to Lasalle FWA a couple times with my father in law, but never hit any of the pits down this way. This year I want to make sure I hit Shakamak a few times and maybe a couple pits, assuming we get safe ice. Can't wait!
Judging by the long range forecast, I'm hoping we'll have safe ice by the end of January. I just ordered an ice chipper/scooper and some strap-on metal cleats for my boots with a gift card my mom gave me
Post by strippitman on Dec 30, 2015 12:17:59 GMT -5
The 10 day forecast for my area doesn't look like much, if any, ice will be made. 10 days from now they are calling for highs in the mid 40's and lows in the 30's. If any ice is made between now and then it will surely be gone once those warm temps show up again. Looks like we will be waiting awhile before walking on water.
I must be in the minority, but I wasn't all that crazy about ice fishing. It was something different and the camaraderie was fun, but I don't see why folks get so excited about it.
I've been ice fishing for about 10 years but I really started "getting into it" about 5-6 years ago. I can't say that I really get excited about it but I do look forward to it. There are several reasons why I love to ice fish. First of all, in northern Indiana "ice season" can last nearly 4 months on most years. So 1/3 of the year our lakes are frozen over. Those of us that love to fish just can't wait until we have open water again. Also, this is the time of year many of us have the most free time. There just isn't as much going on in our daily lives so we have the ability to get out and fish more than we can in the busy summer months. Quite honestly, I'm not the type to just sit around the house and do nothing. This is the time of year when I get cabin fever really bad. I get to the point where I'm just looking for anything to do out of the house. The one thing I've learned about winter is that it's a season you will hate if you don't find things to do. Anybody that I know that claims to hate winter also are the same people that don't do anything in the winter time except go to work and then go back home and sit and watch TV. I've found that winter can be pretty enjoyable if you go out and enjoy it. I do that by going ice fishing.
Of course, one of the obvious reasons I like ice fishing is the camraderie. It's fun to go out on the ice and fish with a group of guys. I've met and made more friends on the ice than I have anywhere else. We've had big cookouts out on the ice. You can't really do anything like that any other time of year. The one thing I cherish in life are my friendships. This just gives me another "excuse" to hang out with the buddies.
Although this doesn't apply to me many ice fishermen do not own boats so they are restricted to shore fishing during the summer months. Ice fishing allows them to get to areas where they couldn't go all summer long. For me, ice fishing is a much easier way to get out and fish. It's nice to not have to deal with hooking up the boat, backing it into the water, reloading, then unhitching it at home. I can just grab my gear and go. Usually I have all my gear with me and can hit spots on my way home from work.
Probably more than any reason I ice fish is because of the challenge. I love the challenge. It's a difficult sport/hobby. It's a challenge to battle against the elements and still try to catch fish. Some days the conditions are just brutal, yet I still get out and go. Is the fishing always good? No, usually it sucks! But when you hit it right it can be unbelievable! There's just something I love about pulling a fish through a 6" hole.
Anyone who has ever ice fished alone, or with just 1 or 2 other people, will tell you that the peacefulness is indescribable. It is so serene out on the ice, especially after dark when there is absolutely no wind and the air is crisp and clean. I can't tell you the inner peace I get when I get out on the ice but it's the only time of year I feel that peace.
...and that's why I ice fish. I think you'll find many others will agree with probably everything I've written here. I didn't care for ice fishing when I first started doing it but I kept getting more and more into. I think if you keep doing it you'll find that you'll enjoy it more. Especially if you find people to go and share the time with.