Ice Fishing on the Lake

The holidays are over, but winter has only just begun. While you might be yearning for sunny summer days, there is still plenty to do outdoors during the colder months–including ice fishing! When the weather is right, you will find plenty of fishermen trekking through the snow to go fishing. Did you know Geist Reservoir is a popular ice fishing locale in central Indiana?

Ice fishing has evolved drastically over the years–especially in the past two decades. But whether you are using a simple set-up (drilling a hole and waiting for the fish to come) or taking advantage of modern technology (battery-operated sonar units and powered augers), it is a great winter pastime and social activity. Keep in mind that ice fishing is one of the most dangerous forms of fishing out there, so safety should always be your main priority.

Prior to packing up for a day of fishing, make sure your phone is charged and that you have let others know when to expect you home. Wear a life vest and only walk on ice that is 4 inches thick. It is important to understand there will be varied ice strengths and characteristics on different areas of the lake. Old or slush ice is dangerous as is ice that has been affected by rain, waterfowl or beavers. Always drill near the shore to test the ice thickness before venturing out.

Fish are much more lethargic during the colder months, which can make them easier to catch. Doing a bit of research on the depths different types of fish prefer in the winter will make locating them simpler. Because fish use less energy in the winter, you typically don’t need to move your bait as much to attract them. An 8 inch wide hole is usually ideal, and remember that Indiana limits ice fishing holes to a one foot diameter. Additionally, you always need to make sure you are carrying your fishing license with you.

If you’re experiencing some cabin fever during the winter months, give ice fishing a try and experience the joy of lake living year round!

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