​8 Tips and Tricks For Successful Winter Fishing

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Winter fishing can be a great way to get out, enjoy the outdoors, and catch some fish too! However, it can also be more difficult to fish in colder weather. Today we will go over 8 tips and tricks for successful winter fishing. From making your own bait to staying safe on the ice, we have you covered!

Dress Appropriately.

First and foremost, it is important to layer your clothing appropriately when fishing in cold weather. Wear multiple layers of lightweight clothing that can help keep you warm and dry. You should also be sure to bring an extra layer in case the temperature drops further.

Bring the Right Equipment.

Make sure you have appropriate gear for winter conditions, such as ice picks or spikes to help with traction on icy surfaces. Also, bring a sled or other way to help carry your gear since walking in snow can be difficult. Before heading out on the ice, make sure your rod and reel are ready to go by checking the lines and lube and oiling them as needed. This will help prevent any unexpected surprises when it's time to cast.

Make Your Own Bait.

A great way to catch more fish in the winter is by making your own bait. At Angling Ai, that's kind of our whole deal, but during the winter months, it can be especially helpful. Fresh bait that is designed for colder temperatures will give you the edge over traditional store-bought bait.

Check Ice Conditions Carefully.

Be sure to check ice conditions by drilling a hole in the ice before setting foot on frozen water. Check the thickness of the ice, as well as any slush that may have built up on top, to make sure it is safe to walk or fish on.

Stay Alert and Be Prepared.

Fishing in cold weather can be dangerous, so it's important to stay alert and be prepared for anything that may come your way. Bring a first aid kit with you and know how to administer basic first aid if needed.

Know Where the Fish Are.

Fish tend to move around quite a bit in the winter so you'll want to pay attention to where you are fishing and what type of fish is in the area. Also, look for areas with deeper water that are still accessible from shore. We recommend checking out local fishing reports or talking to other anglers in the area to get a better sense of what fish are biting.

Set Up Shelter.

If you plan on spending some time out on the ice, it's important to set up shelter so you can stay warm and dry. An ice tent or other type of pop-up shelter can provide some much-needed protection from snow and wind.

Be Patient.

Finally, it is important to be patient when fishing in the winter. Fish tend to move around more slowly in colder water, so don't expect them to take your bait right away. Take some time to relax and enjoy the experience of being out on the ice!


By following these 8 tips and tricks, you will be well on your way to a successful winter fishing trip. So get out there, layer up, and enjoy the outdoors! Happy Fishing!