When winter's ice seals waters, the puzzle of finding fish does not change. Unfortunately, the approach used by many ice fishermen often does little to solve that puzzle. Sitting in a shanty or watching the same tip-ups all day, waiting for the action to start, leads to a long winter.
Pioneering ice fishermen like Dave Genz--a Minnesota angler who has developed many strategies now commonly in use, such as being mobile on the ice instead of fishing one spot all day--have refined several new approaches. The following four tactics are the latest and best in use on the ice today.