Catching Catfish through the Ice – Ice Fishing For Catfish

Ice Fishing Basics

Before you head out onto the ice, you want to make sure it’s thick enough to hold you. Take a sample close to the shore. Four inches of ice is the very minimum for one person. Six inches is much safer. The ice will be thinner in areas where there is land, like an island in the middle of the lake.

Use your ice auger to cut a hole in the ice. Once you feel it break through under the ice sheet, keep going so that you get a nice, clean hole. Once you’ve got the auger back out, wipe away all the slush and stuff so that you’ll have an easy time setting your line down there.

Once you’ve got your hole, drop your line and wait. The best times for catching catfish, just like during the summer months, is at sunrise and sunset. If you sit there for an hour with no bites at all, you’ve picked the wrong place. Go and drill another hole somewhere else.

If you’ve gotten a few cats and you plan to come back to the same hole the next day, put something there to remember your spot, like a branch or something else easily visible. You’d be surprised at how everything disappears in all that white! Your hole might also get covered up by snow.

Once you get the hang of ice fishing, you can catch catfish all year long and just about anywhere on earth.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Catching Catfish through the Ice – Ice Fishing For Catfish”

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