For once, we have had an amazing amount of cold winter temperatures to actually have an ice fishing season. While this is great for creating all kinds of safe (relative term) ice, it has done nothing to make me a more proficient ice fisherman. On several trips out, the above miniature Largemouth Bass at Willard Reservoir is all I have to show for my effort. It is rather embarrassing to admit how bad I am at ice fishing, but I am reminded of the feedback saying people enjoy my honesty and that my blog doesn’t read like a lecture and I’m an expert on everything. This certainly holds true with my lack of skill on the ice where it is an over statement to call myself a novice!
Along with Willard Reservoir, I made it out to a farm pond with my friends Darrin and Leo. We proceeded to get a good work out drilling holes and pushing a vehicle stuck in the snow, but there was no fishing action. Fortunately, good conversation and an adventurous spirit still have value.
I attempted to improve my odds by fishing at the recently stocked Wallace Lake, which provided no change in fortune. At least with this I can honestly say there were 25 fisherman within eyesight, and I saw one (1) single fish caught. Many are theorizing as to why the fish aren’t biting, maybe they still haven’t acclimated to the new environment or maybe problems with the dissolved O2 levels. My theory is that my ice fishing reputation proceeded me – so sadly my arrival doomed and jinxed everyone else. If word gets out, I expect to see “No Adam Zone” signs posted.
On the positive side of things, those anglers who head out in Lake Erie are doing incredible on Walleye. I have too many different sources saying the same thing for it not to be true, best ice fishing season in a decade or more. I wanted to master ice fishing on the small water before heading out on the big pond, but I am thinking I need to reach out to one of the experts and tag along. Knowing how good the action is, and that this is likely the safest ice you will ever have, I should get out there. Once again, clearly with the help of some of the local ‘pros’. I will post soon, if I can make that happen.