Ice fishing is a great way to spend your winter days, but it can be hard to know what bait to use. Different types of fish are attracted to different types of bait. Knowing the type of fish you’re Targeting will help you decide what bait will work best.
Minnows are one of the most popular and widely used baits for ice fishing. They come in both live and artificial forms, and they are effective for many species of fish such as panfish, trout, walleyes, and northern pike. Minnows can be fished either on the bottom or suspended at different depths in the water column.
Worms are also a popular choice for ice fishing. They are effective for catching smaller fish such as bluegills, crappies, perch and even some small bass. If you’re Targeting larger fish like walleye or northern pike, you can use larger night crawlers or even leeches.
Worms work best when fished on the bottom or suspended at mid-depth in the water column.
Jigs are another popular option for ice fishing. They come in a variety of sizes and styles and can be tipped with different types of bait such as minnows, worms, grubs and even artificial lures like soft plastics or spinners. Jigs can be fished on the bottom or suspended at various depths in the water column depending on what type of fish you’re Targeting.
Spoons are also an effective choice when it comes to ice fishing lures. Spoons come in a variety of sizes and styles and can be used with natural baits like minnows or worms, or with artificial lures like soft plastics or spinners. Spoons are great for Targeting larger species such as walleye and northern pike because they have a larger profile which makes them more visible in deeper water columns where these species tend to reside.
When deciding what bait to use for ice fishing it is important to consider the type of fish you’re Targeting as different baits will be more effective for certain species than others. Popular baits include minnows, worms, jigs and spoons which all have their own advantages depending on the situation. With so many options available it can be hard to choose which one is right for you but experimenting with different baits until you find one that works best is part of the fun!