Hello everyone...glad to be back on the site talking about hard water fishing. Just curious about ice conditions on Lake Chemung or other southern Mi. lakes. Live in Toledo, Ohio and enjoyed fishing with the guys from this site last year on Chemung, but would like to explore some new lakes this season! I am willing to travel a little bit, if the fish are biting, mainly panfish, but going to try and throw a tipup out for some pike also. Waterfowl season is over Jan. 1 here in Ohio, so i will be itching to get out in the cold outdoors! Gettin' everything ready, just need some good advise and i will be there....any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated. Can't wait to see you guys soon on the ice!!!
Thanks for the reply. I figured that there was not going to be any ice fishing in southern Mi. for a while...this weather is killing us. Keep me posted if you guys hear anything else. Also, curious on how you guys set up your tip-ups for pike...right now i got a 9 inch steel leaders leading to a #6 treble hook. Didn't know if you guys had any suggestions. thanks for any tips!!!
I have got a 14 foot deep V boat that I have full of decoys right now for the hunting season. Would it be worth setting back up for fishing and give Chemung a try? I talked about fishing that lake last year but was pushed away because of all the pleasure boaters out there...I sure hope none of those are out there right now!!! Would you fish for panfish? Let me know, I am finished with hunting on thursday, so i need to get outdoors...
CM, that's a good idea, get your boat out, tune the motor, grease the wheels, check the wires on the trailer, get the long poles out and life jackets, because you know what's gonna happen as soon as you do, don't ya?
i would go with a braided line for the main line and use a 18" to 24" leader of 10# mono....lose the leader (IMO). this a tip i just received from a friend, and he has had alot more flags after eliminating the steel leader. you will break off a fish here and there, but more flags = less boredom.
Thanks for the tip on the pike, I will have to change over from the steel leader to the mono. Does he use a treble hook or a couple of single hooks or how does he rig that set up? Sorry, new to pike fishing with tip-ups, just wondering how it was done the right way...
Weather sounds promising for us southern Michigan fellas. Single digits is great to see on the weather channel!!! Hopefully the bay will freeze up on Chemung enough for us to get out and try to put some gills on the ice. Got some small ponds around my neck of the woods in Toledo, where I might be able to get out, if ice doesn't form good enough up north...Pray for thick ice guys, keep me posted, and greatly appreciated!
ive fished with and without steel leaders and i find no difference really other than a few breakoffs.i use a 6 inch leader on my setups. i think more than anything is the dept that the bait is at. i like deeper water(14'-26') during midday with the bait a little more than half way down. early morning and evening i like 6'-10' of water with the bait just below(3') the ice.
CMfish....you can use a treble on tip ups.....IMO.. I would drop the hook size from 6 to a 10 or 12. I usully go with a 16 if I can find them. I think the bait swims more naturally w/ the smaller hook=more fish!
Thanks SalmonSlammer for the tip
Will hafta look for a smaller hook hopefully before this weekend.
Looking forward to getting out this weekend...planning on fishing a small pond with monster gills near Toledo Saturday afternoon till nighttime, but looking to hit Chemung Saturday morning if there is ice....
anybody got any current ice conditions of any SE Michigan lakes?? any info greatly appreciated!!!! Hope to see you guys out soon on the ice!
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