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joeyquicksand*

Do summer spots for northers work in the winter???

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joeyquicksand*

If i set my holes to ice fish in the same places that i seemed to catch northerns in the summer, is that a good plan?

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fishking

i always have luck in that situation. 10-12 weed lines they work summer and winter.

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sandbagger

Yes. Especially during early ice. As Fishking states, 10-12 foot weedlines (especially green weeds) are great for holding fish during early season. I will go as shallow as six feet. The key factor is getting right as close to the weed edge as possible without burying yourself in the weeds and hiding your bait. I've had my best results placing my bait 3-4 feet below the ice (a good rule to follow is chest deep), but it's best to experiment and see where the fish are most aggressive. Later in the season as the ice deepens and weeds continue to deteroriate, the fish may go deeper depending upon where the forage move to.

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Deitz Dittrich

Maybe not your summer holes, but if you have places in the fall you do well that have weeds near them.. yes... Shallow flats with deep water near by, or depression edges seem to hold the best fish early ice.

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