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    Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    Looking to slay some rainbows with my 6 this ice fishing season, I'm more of an open water fishing guy, but want to improve on my ice fishing knowledge..what bait/lure combo works for you?

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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    I use chicken skin.The thin skin from a thigh cut in a 3/8 in. wide by 4-5 in. long strip and hooked at one end with a single red egg as well.. You can make it dance and swim like crazy and it`s tough so it stays on. Works killer for me here.
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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    Fish in 6-15 feet of water, (8-12 is my preferred), use a small jig head, about an 1/8 ounce (anything from 1/16th - 1/4 is fine). my favourite colors are orange and pink, but it doesn't really matter. Tip with a piece of shrimp and fish about 1 foot off the bottom. I prefer a slower almost shaking cadence with the odd pop of the rod than a full blown up and down jigging cadence. Dead sticking the rod can also be very effective. Follow this and you will catch some trout.

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    And, being white it REALLY shows up well. Get a 2 man shelter too, you would shit if you saw what is going on down there sometimes.Sitting by a hole, you can not see into the water, black it out and you can see 25 feet to the bottom. More times than you would know a huge trout will be cruising slowly around, nose bumping the bait but not taking it. I you can see them you can get creative and force them to take it.
    Lots of time they suck it in then spit it out so fast you never have a chance,unless you see it. If I have a picky eater I like to drop the bait right to the bottom and stir up a little mud then pop it back up 6 inches. Drives them crazy, like they think dinner is getting away.I out fish a lot of guys who are just sitting on a chair jigging and hoping for the best.
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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    I use a larger spoon, whatever is handy in the box. And tie on a 10 inch leader with a hook on it, tipped with a metal worm or shrimp. Send it to the bottom then bring it up about a foot.

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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchhead View Post
    I use a larger spoon, whatever is handy in the box. And tie on a 10 inch leader with a hook on it, tipped with a metal worm or shrimp. Send it to the bottom then bring it up about a foot.
    The best rig for rainbows by far. A spoon with a dropper to a small jig tipped with worm or shrimp or corn or power bait or whatever works that day. A steady jigging of a few inches to get the spoon flashing. The bows can't resist anything flashy. A tent is great if your fishing shallow but a good graph is needed for deeper water.

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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    1. Tie up a drop shot with a piece of live worm about a foot off the bottom. Or you can use a piece of worm with a split shot.
    2. Jigging spoon tipped with a piece of worm. If the spoon has a rattle; even better.
    3. Swedish pimple tipped with a piece of worm.
    I add a piece of worm to everything while ice fishing, but you can probably use shrimp or anything to give it some scent.
    I always fish real close to the bottom. Sometimes they want a light jig, and sometimes you have to jig aggressively. Find out what they want.

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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    I always have a spoon with a dropper tied on, is my go to start the day usually...jigging spoons and little jigs, small plastics, all work well for me, rapala jiggin raps

    for a kid though, hard to beat a small slip float, split shot and any choice of bait on the hook, shrimp, worm, mealworm, etc...good visual seeing the bobber drop, and can still jig the bait and look down the hole and see the trout
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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    Last few seasons i have been using bear fat as bait, usually on a spoon. It has out fished my buddies using roe or shrimp. Rainbows, cut throat, bull trout, lakers all seem to love it.

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    Re: Your favorite recipe for success with ice fishing

    shallow water

    Jighead with raw prawn (where bait is allowed)

    Make sure you replace your reel with good line. I run fluorocarbon or ice braid.

    I find rainbows often come in schools, so you'll have a hot 20 minutes and then die for a bit and then get hot again. And for some reason, a hot hole is a hot hole. Buddy can be fishing right beside you and be jacking them all day where you can't touch squat even with the same rig.

    Another trick that sometimes works is if there's a dirty bottom, bounce your bait right off the bottom and create a disturbance, and slowly lift your bait. Imitates some grub emerging from the bottom.
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