Could ice fishing be around the corner?
It’s starting to look that way.
Ponds and some lake channels are freezing over and there were rumors of some daring souls venturing out on some of those late last week. The colder nights help make good ice while windless days help preserve it.
Now, keep in mind experts say you need at least three inches of hard ice to be safe. Also, ice rarely freezes uniformly; it could be three inches in one spot and one or less in another.
However, first ice can provide some of the best hard-water fishing of the season, but you have to know what you’re doing and go at it safely.
If you’re a newcomer or someone wanting to learn more about ice fishing, you might consider making a run up to D&R Sports Center in Kalamazoo next weekend for the store’s free, two-day weekend Ice Fishing Show.
That’s where ice fishing experts will share their experiences, tips and tricks throughout the weekend while more than 25 representatives from ice tackle companies will display their latest product innovations.
The two-day event runs Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday 10-4.
The seminars cover a variety of topics. For example, Bill Ferris, a veteran ice angler who lives in Ionia, Mich., will detail where to look for bluegills, crappies and perch and how to catch them consistently.
Keith Stanton, will present his seminar, “Pike Under Ice.” He will demonstrate his PikeKilla lure and the vertical jigging techniques he has perfected. He also will share his methods for spearing pike and the proper use of pike decoys to attract trophy fish.
A panel of three speakers, “Michigan Ice Guys,” (Chas Thompson, Steph Sissell and Chad Schaub) will cover modern ice fishing techniques and equipment.