Unlike the day before, the bright sunny skies had been
replaced by overcast cloudy conditions. The wind had increased velocity
and was now blowing from the south with 20 to 30 mile per hour gusts.
I arrived at the marina at 8:00 am. There were several
other anglers already fishing and they all stated that the morning bite
had been exceptionally slow. The jigging action used the day before
would bring fish to the bait, but they would not hit. We could see the
fish approach the baits with the vexilar flashers, but they would not
hit moving baits, even after a long pause. Most of the fish would not
touch a spike on the same ice fishing spoon that caught numerous fish
the prior day. Today the fish seemed to want smaller sized spoons tipped
only with waxworms. The anglers with the most consistent action were
the ones using a dead stick style of presentation. To use a dead stick
presentation, you would first lower your lure or bait to the bottom.
Then raise the lure or bait several inches above the bottom. Next you
would place the ice fishing rod in a rod holder and leave it alone. No
jigging action is used, hence the name dead stick. You wait for the
slightest movement of either fishing line or rod tip. The rod is then
lifted to set the hook.
Several bass, perch, bluegills, crappie and sunfish were caught. Another angler caught a 15 inch rainbow trout using a minnow.
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