HD Ice, Dynamic Lures, High Action Ice Lure

Dynamic Lures has produced one of the most versatile Ice Fishing Lures on the marketDynamic Lures, HD Ice, High Action Ice Lure

We have a new sponsor at IceFishin247.com Dynamic Lures. Dynamic Lures has a host of open water offerings, crankbaits, swimbaits and stickbaits but it was their HD Ice, High Action Ice Lure, that caught my attention. The HD Ice comes in nine color schemes each with its own individual pattern. Available colors are: Ghost White, Gold/Orange, Trout Natural, Glow, Bubble Gum, Perch, Fire Craw, Silver/Blue and Fire Tiger. This sinking lure is 2 inches long and weighs 1/5th oz. Its size makes it perfect for enticing slab crappie and jumbo perch out of a school of mixed size fish. That it catches trout can be seen on videos posted at the Dynamic Lures website. It also seems destined to be a very effective walleye catcher. Here is what they have to say about it on their webpage.

The HD ICE comes in nine color schemes each with its own individual pattern

The High Action Ice Lure: Dynamic Lures has produced one of the most versatile Ice Fishing Lures on the market. With its hollow construction, Dynamic was able to create the perfect combination of sound and action that anglers depend on in the winter months. This vertical jigging lure was created specially for trout and other small to medium sized fish. This lure is not your typical ice fishing bait. This is a high action lure that brings in vicious bites. If you are looking for an advantage on the ice, look no further than the HD Ice.

Dynamic Lure’s HD Ice has been featured in In-Fisherman, the In-Fisherman Ice Guide and in the Angler Magazine

If your like me you are always looking for versatile new lures. I like to try them on a varitey of species and see what I can get them to do and how they will preform on the ice. The HD Ice looks very promising. I can’t wait to give them a shot.

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Ice Fishing Western Pennsylvania

             Like a rose in a vase, ice fishing Western Pennsylvania is a wonderful thing to enjoy, but not something to be taken for granted. One must take time to smell the roses before the flowers wilt. To fish the ice in Western PA an ice fisherman must make time, and hit the ice before it melts. One day there could be six inches of good, clear ice, and the next it could be slush. One thing that ice fishing Western Pennsylvania has taught me is to enjoy the ice while it lasts.
            The lakes and waterways of Western Pennsylvania offer fantastic ice fishing, providing wide array of opportunities and challenges. No two lakes are the same. In fact, no two are even very similar. One might have ice while the others are open water. One might be producing jumbo perch while the others are producing slab crappies. Whatever, your ice fishing pleasure it can most likely be found at one Western PA’s waterways.
            First and foremost is Pymatuning Reservoir. Pymatuning is Pennsylvania’s largest inland lake and is shared by both Pennsylvania and Ohio. Both states stock generous amounts of walleye every year, making it the premier walleye lake in PA. It is also known for its great numbers of slab crappie and jumbo perch. If you are into toothy critters, Pymatuning possesses respectable numbers of trophy muskellunge. Ranging in depths up to 32 feet of water, the bottom of this lake offers stump fields, boulders, submerged islands, giant weed beds and a creek channel. If you want to ice fish here, be prepared for anything!
            Another popular western Pennsylvania ice fishing destination is Lake Wilhelm in MercerCounty. My earliest ice fishing experience was at LakeWilhelm. It was cold. My God was it cold! We fished at night for crappie and it was so cold that when we threw a fish out of the shanty, it would hit the ice, flop one time, then be frozen solid by the time it hit the ice again. At 1,860 acres, it is not a small body of water. It is a warm water fishery that reaches a maximum depth of 24 feet near the dam. The average depth is around eight feet, but that is plenty of room to hold large schools of crappie and perch. The smallmouth and largemouth bass populations are strong, as are the muskellunge and northern pike. Though known for crappie and perch in the past, Wilhelm is beginning to show the negative effects of having had gizzard shad illegally introduced. Numbers are still healthy for crappie and bluegill, but the average size is much smaller than in past years. However, if you put your time in you can still find plenty of 12”-14” crappie and some nice perch.
            The first thing you think when you step out onto the ice at Presque Isle Bay is, “Wow! That’s a lot of ice! Where do I start?” The bottom does not vary much and the depth is fairly consistent, so where are the fish holding? Well, one thing I have learned about PresqueIsleBay is that if you drill a hole, regardless of where, there will be fish under it. They may not be the kind of fish you are after, but there will be fish. Take a variety of baits and gear with you because you are just as likely to find yourself drilling over a school of 14 inch perch as you are drilling over a school of steelhead.
            Presque Isle Bay holds enormous schools of fish. Due to its sheer size, locating fish can be difficult, but once you find them you should be able to stay busy. The average depth is 20 feet and the water is commonly clear enough to sight fish. Brown trout, steelhead, yellow perch, crappie, bluegills, and pumpkinseed are the most common targets here, but you never know what you are going to catch. If you fish here, be sure to read the regulations specific to Lake Erie and bring your safety equipment. This ice is not monitored.
            The vast majority of my ice fishing adventures have taken place on Kahle Lake, which falls within Clarion and VenangoCounties. At a paltry 251 acres, one would think that KahleLake would be easy to master. It is not. Its numerous humps, troughs, trenches, weed beds, and mud flats offer such a wide variety of structure and cover that an ice angler can drill all day long without hitting the jackpot. However, do not be surprised if you pull out some jumbo perch or slab crappie. Bluegills over ten inches are taken here every year.
            Western Pennsylvania has much to offer the dedicated ice fisherman. Beautiful vistas of icy opportunity are ample here and are great assets to our area. The fishing pressure is seldom intense and the fishermen are friendly. I welcome anyone to enjoy our bountiful resources, but if you decide to give it a try don’t wait too long. Get out on the ice whenever possible. It doesn’t last long. Make time to drill a few holes and take advantage of the ephemeral beauty of our ice season. Take time to smell the roses.

New Hampshire Ice Fishing

new-hampshire-ice-fishingLocated just south of the White Mountains, in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. Surrounded by mountains on many sides, this lake is known for its beauty and epitomizes New Hampshire ice fishing. The lake has a maximum depth of 200 feet and covers 71 square miles. Affectionately referred to as “Winni” by locals and regular visitors, it is a very popular destination in the summer attracting vacationers, boaters, and sight seers. Another well-known activity on Winnipesaukee is ice fishing. The lake is managed by the State for lake trout and landlocked salmon but holds a wide variety of other species. Although state regulations prohibit taking salmon through the ice, lake trout fishing attracts thousands each winter. The average lake trout caught usually weighs around 4 pounds with many 10+ pound fish caught each year. Regulations such as an 18 inch minimum, 2 fish per day limit, 2 line limit, and more catch-and-release fishing help keep the population of this popular fish thriving. An average depth of 40 – 45 feet, rocky bottom, and healthy rainbow smelt population make Winnipesaukee the perfect lake trout lake. Other sought after species include white and yellow perch, crappie, bluegill, cusk, stocked rainbow trout, large and smallmouth bass.

The ice fishing season for lake trout is from January 1st through March 31st. Species other than lake trout can be caught year round and often are. The lake has its own group of hardcore pan fishermen who regularly fish for white or yellow perch, crappie, and bluegill. Winnipesaukee is well known by locals for its healthy white perch population. Pan-fried fillets of white perch are the highlight of many New Hampshire fishermen, and women. Then there are the cusk fishermen. In addition to the 2 line limit, regulations allow anglers to use an additional six lines rigged specifically for cusk and anything other than cusk must be released. Cusk lines must be non-moving (no free moving spool), have the owners name and address printed on each one, have a minimum of one ounce of weight nor more than six inches above the hook, and the bait must sit directly on the bottom. Fishermen are required to inspect the bait end of each cusk line once every 24 hours. As soon as the bays freeze over fishermen and their bobhouses will start to dot the ice. Winnipesaukee never freezes all at once due to its size and depth. However, with its many bays and large coves there is never any shortage of places to fish early ice.

For lake trout, many fishermen prefer to use tip-ups baited with live smelt or sucker set directly on, or just off the bottom. Others prefer to jig for them. One of the most popular methods include a bucktail jig baited with a strip of sucker belly and jigged near bottom while occasionally bouncing or even letting the jig sit on bottom. Whatever the method, lake trout fishermen can be found on Lake Winnipesaukee on any given day during the winter.

Central New Hampshire isn’t called the Lakes Region because of Lake Winnipesaukee alone. Other popular lakes in the area known for their lake trout and/or white perch and rainbow trout include Winnisquam, Squam and Little Squam, Sunapee, Ossipee, Tarlton, Silver, Big Danhole Pond, and Newfound Lake. Each year the Meredith Rotary Club holds the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. The derby includes any public water body in the state and is attended by thousands. Prizes for the event total more than $60,000. The top three prizes are awarded to the three heaviest Meredith Rotary tagged rainbow trout. The rotary club stocks these trout into many of the Lakes Region lakes. Also, the derby headquarters where fish are to be registered is in Meredith and for this reason most of these lakes are popular destinations during the derby.

Some other popular lake trout lakes include Nubanusit in Hancock, Silver Lake in Harrisville, and Big Diamond Pond and the Connecticut Lakes in the Great North Woods. Let’s not forget the panfish though. In addition to the many lake trout lakes, New Hampshire Fish and Game provides a list of trout ponds with no closed season. Many of these ponds are stocked in the fall with rainbow, brook, and brown trout of trophy size. These fish are highly sought after by early ice fishermen.

new-hampshire pan-fish-ice-fishingThere isn’t a lake or pond in New Hampshire that doesn’t contain panfish. White and yellow perch and bluegill are considered great eating but one other seems to stand out, black crappie. Crappie has its own cult following of fishermen who usually set out to catch enough for a meal of these tasty pan fried fish. The daily limit on most panfish is 25 fish per day with a 50 fish aggregate. Small panfish jigs tipped with earth worm, meal worm, or spikes on an ultra-light jig rod is the preferred method. New Hampshire’s crappie population continues to grow and so does their popularity.

New Hampshire’s “Official List of Public Waters” lists 959 public water bodies, only roughly 150 are closed to ice fishing. There is no shortage of places to ice fish. Whether you want to fish in groups with others people or just get away and enjoy some quiet, scenic relaxation and reflection; there is a little, or a lot, of something for everyone.

written by Tim “Jiffy Man” Moore

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