Cold-water stimuli for multiple species
How does cold water affect aquatic creatures? Understanding this
will help us learn how to target fish under the hard water.
Fish adjust to water conditions. Their metabolism slows in cold
water, but they still react to light, sound, temperature, feel and
smell. The reaction time of these cold weather creatures has slowed
down, but they still need to eat.
It’s hard for humans to imagine how much the underwater environment
of a fish changes. There’s no wind, thus little to no current. A
very different environment has developed. Noise has nowhere to go,
so our approach to contain aggressive behavior must become even
more paramount than during open water. Understand that heavy
rattling type lures can spook fish. Even overjigging can affect
We can still trip the trigger of a potential biter by adding
The great thing about ice fishing is that there are no boundaries.
This sport is still growing and developing. It’s all about
convincing fish to bite – alter your lures without any rattles.
Work with color, and experiment with all facets of this great
Two final tips: When in doubt, move away from the crowd. Crowds
create noise, and noise means a poor bite. Ice anglers more than
open water anglers are drawn to each other. Sunfish and crappies
really stop feeding in oxygen-depletion mode, so locate lakes or
areas on lakes with more oxygen. Do so while always putting safety
on the ice first.