Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
robert1965

first ice first trip. what fish will you target what lure?

22 posts in this topic

For me it will be a metro lake with Little Atom Optic Stealth tipped with a Nuggie. I will be chasing crappies and gills. Give me 3 and I am walkin. I plan to pack light for first ice. Only things going out there are a Lazer hand auger, a sled, a bucket the vex and my Marcum Rod Pac. Keep it nice and light to not fall through.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm with Tom here, It will be chasing gills or crappies near home. I just got an ice fishing order that I bought off the net.. will probably have one of my new lures tied on. I'm more lazy than Tom though.. Even though the ice is thin, i'll probably still have my Nils power head attached.. LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll be hunting Walleye on the Rainy or 4 mile bay LOW fishing with a "Stop Sign" or a Buckshot Rattle tipped with a frozen shiner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also plan to pack light (similar to Tom). I bought a small sled and hand auger just for early ice. My SM Lazer hand auger will cut thru 4-6" of ice in about 15 seconds. If doing a lot of hole hopping, it is good exercise (with the thin ice, don't like to cut too many holes in the same area eek )

I'll probably start out with a chubby darter to see if I can hit some active fish. If they aren't hitting the darter/Rap/power minnow, I will probably fall back on my confidence pan fish plastics - nuggies on a diamond jig/genz bug.

Will also put up a tip up to see if I can pick off a pike/walleye.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the only things i am bringing is a pull sled with my hand auger and rod bag but im not sure what lake i am going to go to yet most likely the first one to freeze up grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Crappies with a small glo jig tipped with a crappie minnow, and pike on a tip-up with a sucker minnow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Two tip ups with sucker and shiner, in about 11 fow in the same spot as last years first ice smile North metro lake that certainly is no secret, but its not WBL or Bald Eagle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

East Central lake for crappies using a Frostee glow jig or a forage minnow jig. Tipped with a minnow or waxie.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i will go after walleys on a shallow lake max death of 12 feet lol ..... fast good ice most of the time and just a jig or if they are really hiting rattle L trap

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope to get on the Chippewa Flowage before the end of the month because as of Dec 1st, it's closed for fishing. Tip-ups with a big sucker and a Swedish Pimple tipped with a minnow head.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got my two Citica 200E's and place order for two Thorne Bros. baitcasting ice rods. Hopefully I will get my rods by the time for the ice fishing show is in town. My new lure's to try this year will be the bigger Rattle flyer spoon and the bigger chubby darters. I've got 6# gamma and 6# silverthread spooled.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will be hitting a local lake and will be fishing for crappies with my go to lure the Ratso.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give me 3 and I am walkin.

I'm sure that's fun, but it's not for me.

Too many bad experiences on thin ice to go out that early.

I'll wait for 6" breathe a little easier.

I'll be poppin' nite bite slabs and the occasional walleye on a small Wright Cty lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always kick off the year on Coon Lake, two tip ups, shiners and beer. Kind sounds like a good country song...

It's been quite the tradition.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hopefully some early walleyes will be around...thinking about it makes the itch get really bad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope to get on the Chippewa Flowage before the end of the month because as of Dec 1st, it's closed for fishing. Tip-ups with a big sucker and a Swedish Pimple tipped with a minnow head.

muskie through the ice? thats pretty cool!

I'm betting on 3" of ice on either a certain metro area lake or one up north a little more by Thanksgiving. (If I remember right I was standing on a metro lake last year the weekend of Thanksgiving and so far temps are looking good for that again)

I plan to sight fish for northern pike (or maybe a skie till Dec. 1) using Northland Airplane bucktail jigs. Maybe some 'gills and/ or crappies sometime too with a few different jigs and little atom plastics.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: snoozebutton
Hope to get on the Chippewa Flowage before the end of the month because as of Dec 1st, it's closed for fishing. Tip-ups with a big sucker and a Swedish Pimple tipped with a minnow head.

muskie through the ice? thats pretty cool!

No, walleyes but I have caught one muskie (around 36 inches.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll be on Lime Lake using my new Lindy Little Joe Frostie jigs going after perch and crappies.

3" is all I need as I'll be packing pretty light.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Small public lake for saugeye and redears.A jig of some type and livebait.Soon I hope.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Well yeah but can you name a vehicle built for off road including any domestic pickup truck that doesn't have issues with rust. Fenders, rockers, frames etc. If you play in the mud and salt you need to maintain them. UTVs are no different. Ask yourself why Polaris would put the air filter canister intake in the rear wheel well so it is sucking in the air from the dustiest area they could possibly draw it from resulting in a 4k bill when the motor grenades.    Jeeps are fun, used ones can be had at a reasonable price but by their nature you need to be careful when you purchase because if the previous owner drove them the way they were marketed then they may have some issues.   But the aftermarket has an amazing amount of mods,upgrades and accessories to make your Jeep into anything you want and because the generally go 10 years between major design changes there are a large number of parts available if you need them.     
    • Anyfish it's still points and way better than a zero for points! Congrats on the fine eating bird.
    • Pick up a Jake morning.  Not going help the team score, if at all.  But it sure will taste good.
    • It's been very quiet in the woods the past few days.  Some gobbling this morning.
    • Nice! Way to go! Hope I'm able to get out and enjoy hunting when I'm that age.
    • Well, one of the advantages to owning a Jeep is there are always plenty of Jeep owners out there looking for parts, so if you get ahold of one with a bad frame, you could always part it out and sell the parts to another Jeep owner who believes they have a good frame....      
    • I am saying if you go mudding or off-roading you will plug any of the drain holes they could put in there anyway. Not much different from the weep holes they put in the rear fenderwells and rockers of trucks.  I suppose it may have benefit to those who stay on pavement.
    • They put holes in the sides of the frame, so salt and mud could get in, but no holes in the bottom so they could drain, so not sure if that was planned, or just p*ss poor engineering.  They probably didn't really care as long as they outlasted the warranty period.        
    • Drain holes just end up getting plugged with mud and debris anyway.
  • Our Sponsors