Ice fishing for Trout

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troutfishing4life
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Ice fishing for Trout

Post by troutfishing4life » Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:31 pm

Any one here have good experience catching trout through the ice?

Any recommendations on baits and what depths work best for catching trout through the ice?

Thanks!

martalus
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Re: Ice fishing for Trout

Post by martalus » Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:54 pm

For one, you need to target lakes that got a winter stocking of trout that freeze over.
https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wintrstk21.htm
You will notice that the stocking numbers are very small, so I wouldn't spend a whole trip only trying to target trout.
Any jigs or small shiners will work, but the key is to fish higher up in the water column-perhaps only a foot or two beneath the ice. This is the opposite of ice fishing for other species which generally tend to be on or near the bottom. Rusty or others might have more up to date advice!

troutfishing4life
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Re: Ice fishing for Trout

Post by troutfishing4life » Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:50 pm

Fishing a private lake tomorrow that has trout in it so not worried about state fish.

Just looking for general knowledge

Troutman
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Re: Ice fishing for Trout

Post by Troutman » Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:06 pm

try to auger multiple holes 10-15 feet part from each other. jigs & live bait will be your best bet. most of the time they will be suspended slightly above the thermocline of that body of water
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troutfishing4life
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Re: Ice fishing for Trout

Post by troutfishing4life » Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:08 am

Friday overall the ice fishing bite was DEAD!!!

So we didnt get any trout through the ice. Tried a few different baits and nothing

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