You don't have to stop fishing when the temperatures dip below freezing. In fact, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than two million Americans go ice fishing each year. However, ice fishing requires some different skills from traditional fishing. Chief among them is being able to attract fish to your site when they are feeling sluggish from the cold waters. One of the best ways to do this is to use some sort of fish attractant for ice fishing.
What is fish attractant?
Fish attractant is a 100 percent natural product, made with food-grade products that won't harm the environment. It uses scent and bubbles to draw fish to where you are fishing and are designed to sink directly to the bottom of the river, stream, lake or pond.
How to use fish attractant for ice fishing?
It's easy to use fish attractant. No extra lines or equipment are required. You simply drop the ball into your fishing hole and it releases a scent and effervescent action that game fish are drawn to. There is no messy and noisy packaging to deal with. How long each ball lasts in the water depends on the temperature and current. They tend to last longer in colder water.
Other ways to attract fish while ice fishing
If you're like most people who ice fish, you likely catch a few fish right away (if you're lucky) and then the action slows down or even stops. Many fishermen and women go home or change their fishing hole at that point, but that's not often necessary. There are other ways to attract the fish to your fishing hole.
- Switch from a vertical jig to a horizontal one. Sometimes all you need is a little variety in your lures. Most ice fishers opt for a vertical, teardrop-shaped jig, but some fish, such as crappies and perch, tend to bite better on horizontal jigs. So, when the fish stop biting on your vertical jigs, change it up a bit before you move on.
- Twist your line. Most ice anglers move their line up and down. However, fish can get tired of and wise to this action. Give your actions a little variety by twisting your line between your thumb and your forefinger occasionally.
- Cover the hole. Another trick to attracting fish is to cover your fishing hole with ice shavings. This blocks out the light from the hole and helps to make fish feel safer about swimming over to where you are fishing.
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