Covering Water on Ice
Move until you are on top of fish to be most successful
Covering water while ice fishing can often times be much more difficult than covering water when fishing open water from shore or a boat. Ice anglers still need to do as much as they can to cover water while fishing. Use of structure maps and GPS devices can really help anglers skip over water that is not in the depths they are targeting and spend more time fishing the areas that are more likely to hold fish. Generally the best way to dedicate yourself to covering more water is to set a time limit at each location, say 15 to 20 minutes. If you are set up on a spot for that time frame with no action it would be the best practice to move until you find the fish rather than letting the fish come to you. During the winter months fish are much less active compared to the warmer water temperatures of the spring and summer so cruising activity is minimal meaning we as the anglers have to be the ones doing the cruising to put ourselves in the best location to get consistent action. This is especially important when targeting panfish that will move into deeper basins for the winter with little structure keeping them on one specific spot, anglers must roam the basin area of a body of water until they find fish and can stay on the fish for the entire outing.