mikez2

Fall/winter trout

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We've been seeing a lot of rising trout and good numbers of leapers (two different things. Risers are eating bugs, the leapers are launching randomly into the air, sometimes really far) up until yesterday when cold and wind took the fun out of it.

We had a really hard time getting hook ups though. I personally have been skunked. My son got a few average browns.

 

The really good thing about fishing this time of year if you're an ice fishermen is, all those trout showing themselves now tells you there's still lots of fish left for the coming months. We don't see very many meat fishermen this time of year so it's a safe bet the fish you see now will still be there after the ice settles in.

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1 hour ago, Seadogg said:

Or better yet, the ponds stay open all winter. 

I actually look forward to ice fishing although every year I tell myself I'm getting too old for it. I'm not really too old for ice fishing, just too beat up to carry all the gear and/or pull the sled up the big hill.

 

My 15 year old is positively rabid for it. Has his gear all organized already, built himself a few I-fishPro knock offs, follows the weather looking for cold snaps and watches endless YouTube videos. 

Kinda like me when I was young, minus the videos.

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22 hours ago, mikez2 said:

We've been seeing a lot of rising trout and good numbers of leapers (two different things. Risers are eating bugs, the leapers are launching randomly into the air, sometimes really far) up until yesterday when cold and wind took the fun out of it.

We had a really hard time getting hook ups though. I personally have been skunked. My son got a few average browns.

 

The really good thing about fishing this time of year if you're an ice fishermen is, all those trout showing themselves now tells you there's still lots of fish left for the coming months. We don't see very many meat fishermen this time of year so it's a safe bet the fish you see now will still be there after the ice settles in.

Do you have much of an ice fishing season on the cape?

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5 hours ago, notime said:

Do you have much of an ice fishing season on the cape?

last year I got out almost anywhere I wanted for a week and a half window. not a long season by any means but I take what I can get.

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5 hours ago, notime said:

Do you have much of an ice fishing season on the cape?

Depends on the body of water and depth of that body.Then toss in the wind.

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18 hours ago, notime said:

Do you have much of an ice fishing season on the cape?

I don't ice fish the Cape.

In my old age I have gotten very conservative about what I consider safe ice. I took a lot of chances when I was young and got away with it. I don't want to spoil my good record, especially now that I bring my boys (some of whom are dads themselves). 

 

We have had a number of warmer winters in recent years that limited good ice. Part of that is me being overly cautious and part is my reluctance to travel to other parts of the state.

 

If you scout around and find the sheltered ponds, the high elevation ponds or travel to the colder parts of the state you should find safe ice every winter.

 

 

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