Have you checked out our shed photo contest yet? We have a couple of great prizes, and that list is growing! Stay tuned this week as we look to add another great sponsor to our list, along with another prize to add to the pot for the shed contest! We are excited to pick up this newest sponsor, which adds a little diversity to our sponsors! As we finalize things with this sponsor we will get information posted here about them and the new prize!
I had no trouble getting the little guy out of bed at 5:30 AM! We loaded up and picked up my grandpa, then hit the road for Richfield. After completing our tasks and getting some breakfast, we headed back south towards Otter Creek Reservoir. Otter Creek has had a great ice fishing season this year, and though we have talked about going there several times, things always seem to get in our way. Today would be a short trip as we needed to get home in time for a basketball game, but it would still be worth it. We were anxious to see if we could tie into one of those fat, football-shaped rainbow trout that folks were talking about!
We were able to land a few more fish, not a horrible day for just 3 hours of fishing, but not the best either. I'm beginning to be a big believer in the "Fishing Calendar app" on my iphone this year, which said it was only a 26% day. We have noticed this year, if it says it's bad, it is, and when it's good, fishing is great. Maybe I need to look into it more and come up with a post on it! Anyway, we did catch some great fish, probably 2-3 pounds. Most importantly, Jackson had a blast, we told some good stories, shared some laughs, and had a great drive home, even spotting a few large groups of deer. A day well spent for sure! The only thing that would have topped it off would have been a stop by the Antimony Merc for a burger, but time was against us this day!
As the days grow longer, and the temperatures rise, the ice will probably leave the lake near the end of the month. Get out to Otter Creek while you can! Spring fishing just after ice off can also be amazing at Otter Creek, from a boat or from shore. Be sure to add it to your list this spring.
As far as technique, we were again using various colors of paddle bugs, tipped with shrimp or meal worm, shrimp working best. They seemed to hit it better still fishing instead of jigging. This link talks a little more about the gear we use and the techniques that work well for me: http://www.suhuntandfish.com/2013/01/ice-fishing-101.html