Happy Holidays – Ice, ice, ice!

I am a little late on this, but just wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays / Merry Christmas – whichever you prefer!

I have been fortunate enough to get out ice fishing quite a bit in the past few days. Starting off, here is a photo from Christmas Day (eve) where I fished for about an hour on Sydenham Lake and caught lots of perch. They are fun to catch, but my heart has been set on walleye since I iced my first one last year. It was really cold, and I had no shelter, so I didn’t stay out too long. It was a first for me fishing on Christmas Day! Next year, I hope to be some place tropical fishing – although I’d never want to miss out on ice season and all that it has to offer. But, a fishing vacation is never a bad thing!

Yesterday, I hit the Bay of Quinte chasing walleye all day with friends, what a great way to spend a Monday! I fished in 23 feet of water and decided to try my luck with a lipless clackin’ rap. It was a first for me using one, but the fish I did catch, slammed it! The current was strong, so it made it difficult at times to mark the lure on the flasher. It was fun to try it out, and felt great catching fish on something new!

Today, we fished in the same area and it was interesting to see how the mood of the fish differed from the previous day. I caught 6 fish in total, but marked fish constantly on the flasher that would not commit. They preferred a slow presentation and would not respond to quick or ‘aggressive’ movements. What I love about ice fishing is the real time ‘negotiating’ with the fish. After fishing with a flasher, I would never be without one. (I use the Humminbird Ice 45 Flasher). Here is a photo from today:
Looking forward to another long weekend ahead, so I can hopefully hit the hard water again! Have a great week!


  1. John – The location is top secret 🙂

    MNAngler – Thank you! Hope you can get out on the ice really soon, it's so much fun!

    Blake – LOVE the Humminbird, and I have used a Vexilar but still prefer it.

    Shoreman – Santa treated me well!

    Basspastor – I did come up with it. I tried to think of the best way to describe the interaction, and mixed with being over-tired, that is what came out!

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