I’ll just walk around and talk to the local yokels and see what they are catching and maybe make a few friends along the way. Green teardrops I’m told fished a foot off the bottom and something about “You should have been here yesterday!” Now where have I heard that one before? I grab the black Mora hand auger and punch a couple holes. But with all of the warm weather there are plenty of holes open. The ice is 10 inches thick today!
I hunt for fish. I don’t like hauling a lot of gear when the weather is nice. That would be 25 degrees and warmer. On days like that I’ll sit at a hole for maybe 5 minutes before I head off in search of a hot hole. Out of the side of my eye I spot Old Jack walking on the ice. He’s retired and he is out here everyday. He heads for his old buddy John and they swap stories. I work my way over there and get close enough to hear the stories and secrets.
Orange tear drop he says. Fished a foot off the bottom with 3 spikes for bait. I don’t have any spikes but I have a second pole for sunnies with an orange tear drop on it. It glows in the dark so I let it get a full charge of light before I drop it down the third hole of the day. It hits the magic depth and the little spring bobber on the end of my rod twitches and I set the hook. Almost a hand sized sunnie hits the ice. This fish will be my barometer. If they are smaller than that one they go back. That size and slightly larger will go home for lunch. The hole seems hot. Four fish in 4 minutes. Then they just stop cold.
It’s going to be one of those days. It’s midday and I have only a couple ours to fish before I have to go home and get ready for company. It’s that time of season you know. Presents to wrap and relatives coming. But when it’s all said and done I have a mixed bag of mostly all sunnies with an average crappie and one JUMBO PERCH over a foot long!
Corn meal and butter should work for a meal. That’s the way I love to eat that first meal of fresh fish. I’ll get out again real soon because this time of year is the best time of year to ice fish until we get into late winter. January and February can get cold and fish are tougher to catch when your rods eyes freeze shut and your fingers won’t bend because they are frozen. Like they say … Make hay when the sun shine’s. I’ll be back on the frozen waters again after we open a few presents for sure!!!!
WILDLIFE QUIZ – An aspen is a member of what tree family?
Answer: The poplar family.