Current chilly climate sends a message that many lakes are starting to freeze and shortly most boat ramps shall be closing.
And though open-water fishing in Colorado remains to be excellent — among the better of the season, actually — I’m already listening to a buzz from anglers who’re excited to go out on the ice.
There’s a myriad of causes individuals take pleasure in ice fishing: Anglers have entry to areas they will’t attain in open water, the catch price is way greater by means of the ice than throughout the open-water season and, notably, they will fish yr spherical.
The game has grown over the previous a long time, thanks partly to “Mr. Ice Fishing” Dave Genz, one of the crucial achieved ice anglers in North America and the primary visitor in my radio present’s collection “Masters of Ice Fishing.”
He led the cost from giant picket shelters or sitting on a bucket to the moveable ice huts which are so widespread at the moment. He additionally launched ice anglers to the usage of electronics to enhance their success price.
I requested Genz what he believed had been among the most up-to-date advances which have moved the game alongside. He had two solutions.
His rapid response was “electrical augers.” (For these new to the game, augers are the spiral instrument used to bore holes within the ice.)
Genz has lengthy been a proponent of staying cell till you discover energetic fish. His mantra has at all times been, “If it’s not simple to maneuver, you received’t.” He went on to comment that the brand new electrical augers had been gentle, simple to make use of and had significantly improved battery know-how.
One other class Genz stated was continuously enhancing was clothes. Fashionable clothes can preserve you heat and cozy in among the coldest situations.
Clams “Ice Armour” line of attire is a superb instance, he stated, noting improved breathability and suppleness. Additionally, many trendy ice-fishing clothes, just like the Clam “Rise,” have built-in flotation to help you within the occasion that you just fall by means of the ice.
You’ll by no means hear me discuss with “protected ice,” however in the event you use widespread sense, ice fishing might be very protected.
- Early clear ice tends to be stronger than older ice, which may honeycomb and erode. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has suggestions for ice security on its web site.
- Early within the season, carry a “spud bar,” or ice chisel, to examine the ice as you proceed. It additionally serves as a instrument for making a gap to fish when the ice is only some inches thick.
- Have cleats for strolling on the ice.
- Put on “ice picks” round your neck that will help you get out in case you fall by means of.
- Fish with a accomplice and carry a rope to throw to one another in case somebody does fall by means of.
Take heed to my full interview with Dave Genz right here.
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