I think there should be two different categories, tip-up fishing is so much different than sitting and jigging. If I am fishing with Tip-ups, I won't even set my own tip-ups within 35 yards of each other, and I don't want anyone else's, my party or strangers any closer than that. If I am sitting and jigging, 5 ft is fine with me, I don't own the lake. Tip-ups need space since the fish does nothing but run on a free spool for the first minute or two.
I agree about the difference between tipups and jigging. Jigging 30', but I will ask folks if they mind if I drill a hole that close. Never had anyone say that they did. I'm OK with someone putting a tipup 50' from mine, but again I would ask, before setting mine that close to someone else.
I feel at least fifty foot. If not someone else will move in and then someone else and so on. Soon you will have a little town around you. 50 feet might postpone the town for awhile. New to the site but spend countless hours reading the posts. I find some very interestin stuff on here.
Well i would go no closer than 30' Butif i had talked to them and aked i would still be polite and stay a good 15'-20' away from the other fisherman but i like my tip ups a good 50' feet from someone and the same from other flags to
50' is usual, but, if their is a small like hump or something, maybe only 20 or 30'. When it comes to jigging, well, if one person is jigging with 2 holes, no limit, i usually have mine about 2' apart when perchin, maybe even less when gill fishing....just makes it easier when you can see two poles at once.
I have to side with the two different methods approach. Tip Ups are a bunch different then jigging.
We get to partying and it never fails, someone gets to hollering from accross the lake " Flag up"! Being nosy we always send someone out to see what they are catching. After a few minutes of scanning the lake the light goes on and our scout informs us,
"Hey, It's ours".
Seems the fish catch us off guard regularly because we were in a heated discussion about the difference between Bud and Coors.
We have never finished the conversation but we have been SPOOLED a few times so I vote 50 yards. For those who are mathematically challenged, thats 150 feet or about half the line on a standard tip up reel.
When fishing deep water for big Lakers or Pike then I would increase this distance by a bunch and get bigger tip ups.
Ofcourse, More Beer solves most of the problems we encounter and my vote goes to Coors because it thaws quicker.
While this survey actually asks and attempts to answer two vastly different questions, there are a number of other key factors which also need to be factored into such an equation in order to obtain practical and usable data. Else wise, it makes it nearly impossible to accurately interpret any statistical results obtained relative to interlopers (interloper; one that intrudes in a place or sphere of activity of another) moving into the comfort zone of others.
My view(s): hey, its a big lake, I dont own it, and there are lots of fish available for everyone share the wealth, share the fun! We are after all social beings. Imagine what it would be like if we were alone on the planet unto ones self. We would find no happiness in life since happiness only comes though the sharing with others, but be courteous. Courtesy always wins in my book! With this in mind, below are my candid thoughts on this subject.
When tip-up fishing adjacent tip-up holes (no matter who they belong to), from a practical standpoint, should probably be at least plus 50 apart just so as to not cause entanglement when the big ones hit and run. But, then again, this will very quite a bit based upon the waters depth and the species are being fished. I.e. Pike require a greater spread than do walleyes since they respond (run) & fight differently from each other.
When jigging I dont mind if others fish near me -- my comfort zone is about 30 for strangers. If people are courteous enough to ask if I would mind if they move in closer to pop holes and fish, its generally not a problem with me. However, this too is subjective based on at least two key elements: water depth and whether the interloper is using a hand auger or one of those loud noisy gas powered augers. I dont mind as long as they are not using a gas powered auger. In the shallow waters of LSC I dont want a power auger, etc. anywhere within 50 yards of me I have watched the fish spook and leave the moment that kind of noise starts. Then you dont usually see them come back even sleds and 4 wheelers can send them scurrying elsewhere. In deep water however, its a whole different story, and I dont mind if strangers move into my comfort zone as long as they use good judgment and are courteous enough to ask how I feel about it.
As far as ATVs, Snowmobiles and Power Augers goes, its rude, inconsiderate, and just plain ignorant to get or drive too close to people fishing stay clear, theres plenty of room to go around! Users of these tools should stay at least 50 yards away from other fishermen on LSC. Last w/e I had a snowmobiling fisherman constantly driving too close to our traps. In fact, he drove his old loud piece of junk sled right between my and my partners traps which were separated by less than 15. Its amazing how inconsiderate and ignorant some people can be!
P.S. I am new to this website and this is my first post (response). I am glad to see this topic (ice fishing etiquette) is being surveyed and talked about on this great website.
Any one that comes to close or fishes in holes that I made before at least making some small talk, is taking achance on getting their [email protected]@ kicked. I don't claim to own the water or anything but people should always treat others as they want to be treated.
....When I hit the ice first thing in the morning I drill no less than 30 holes. Many of them I drill in sets of 2 only a couple of feet apart. That way if one of the holes is hot, ill invite someone over to share the wealth. Plus that gives me plenty of opportunities to hole hop if they are not biting. That is for pan fish.
I usually know exactly where I want to set my tip ups (from previous years experience) so when I drill those holes I drill them and set my tip ups by them. I set 3 tip ups (for three people) in a triangle pattern no more that about 50 feet apart from each other. One year as I was going to get my shiner to put on one of my tip ups that I had placed next to a hole, some guy drilled a hole about 3 feet from where I had my tip up. Didnt bother me. I proceded to bait my hook and set my tip up. I no sooner set my flag, turned around and took one step and POW! the flag went off. I thought it was just the shiner but the spool started moving pretty good. Long story short, a few seconds later a nice pike was laying on the ice. I just looked at the guy, smiled and said "he must have watched me drop the shiner down the hole!"
I agree !!
For those of you , who are the "unfriendly" type - and simply cannot afford to share information , conversation , fish , or even fellowship - maybe YOU guys should take up crochet !!
( I wonder if the term "crochety" comes from this , in sort of a latin variant!!! LOL)
IF 'you ' were to come up to ' my' holes and stirke up some chat -- I'd more than likely invite you to fish out of some of our holes.
I also agree on the vehicles being too close -- power augers I have NO preference on , since I have seen no difference using them myself . Welcome aboard , Captain Gadget !
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