Hi fellow AMFisHers! I am sure many of your are getting ready for some January ice fishing, which is why I am writing this post.
With so many different baits on the market for summer fishing and ice fishing it’s never easy deciding on what to buy and use, that will result in catching fish on your outings. Thought I would share two very simple looking baits that work very well for me while ice fishing.
The first bait is the Johnson Thin Fisher – Johnson Fishing, which is the blade bait in the first batch of pictures below. This is a very simple design for a bait, that is great for vertical jigging through the ice. It’s available in various natural looking colors as well as some flashy options. These baits also have a small rattle chamber that is built in(it’s the bulky part at the bottom/sides of the front half of the bait) which allows for vibration and sound. With the three hole option for rigging you can work this bait three different ways, from a tight wobble(first hole), to a slightly wider wobble(second hole) and then the widest wobble(third hole). Having three different ways to work this bait through the ice makes it extremely versatile when the bite all of a sudden changes.
All around the Johnson Thin Fisher stacks up high on the list as an versatile ice fishing bait!
Second bait is the Lindy Darter – Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle which you will find in the second batch of photos. This bait looks like a very small crankbait, which it is. Works great in the early spring months when forage is at it’s smallest BUT also work very well for ice fishing. Key thing to note with this bait it the action, it darts off into different directions when you vertically jig it. Off to the left then to the right then a quick left to right, really great action that actually calls in the fish as it also has internal rattles. Using baits that do make some sort of noise is a good choice for ice fishing as the fish may be stationary or roaming around, so the rattles and darting action will help you catch more fish.