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Fish: Yellow Perch

Getting more to love ice fishing!

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/17/2022 7:56:49 PM     Points: 291    
Always fun getting some newbies onto the ice, even more fun when it's family!!

Got my little sister and my niece out on the ice for the first time. We chose a great day to go mid-high 30's, little to no wind, no clouds in the sky, and we got to sleep in too D
We showed up to the lake and spoke with several anglers about the bite...I was sad because everyone reported a very finicky bite, with most being there all morning with little to no luck. Lots of marks, just not a lot of bites.

We experienced the same thing at first...More then a lot of marks, a giant school right below us that spread at least 10-15 yards. We tried a multitude of lures and jigs, and settled on suttle small tungsten jigs being the best for this day...The bite was incredibly inconsistent until we found a solid pattern for the bite. The pattern we found was 2-3 aggressive jigs and then a dead stick, sometimes for up to 15-20 seconds, but it always produced a fish. We wound up catching roughly 20 Perch after finding the pattern, all being in the 6-8" range, with one being at 10". Pretty good consistentsy, considering this lake has had stunted perch problems for years. Probably my best ratio of eaters I've ever gotten in one day. I think we would've stayed longer but they kept getting smaller and smaller and I wasn't feeling like moving across the lake haha.

Tough times for my sister and niece but they had fun enjoying the weather and the grill out we had :) Also, got my GF the Garmin Striker 4. I like the unit A LOT, and i can actually show the image on my gopro and not have it tweek out on the picture. As you can see below, lots of fish!
Lots of perch, a couple trout (released), and lots of good times with the GF and my family! Hope you guys enjoy the pictures and video if you have time!!

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 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 17, 7:57:09 PM     Points: 291
More pics of the day...
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 17, 7:57:30 PM     Points: 291
and just a few more...sorry haha
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:08:44 PM     Points: 445
It looks like that afternoon bite really turned on for you guys. Congrats.
 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:42:08 PM     Points: 8121
I'd say they're hooked. Way to go getting then into some fish and showing them a good time.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:29:49 PM     Points: 291
Wmdunker

Ya it sounded like the morning was tough for most. Wish I could've got my niece and sister into some but they enjoyed it and want to go again at least haha
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:30:38 PM     Points: 291
phidoux

It was a great time and everyone was happy. Beer and Brats makes everything better😀
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 18, 7:24:07 AM     Points: 10447
Ice fishing can be a great time or terrible time for newbees . . . .nothing will lock a newbee into enjoying the ice like a day like you showed them . . .well done!
HP
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 18, 3:17:51 PM     Points: 291
Hawaiian Punch

My niece has called and already wants to go again lol...Next time I'll get her into some fish hopefully lol
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