Its mostly tempature driven... If fishing for rainbow trout I would fish for them threw the ice until they start moving into the streams for spawn. Mackinaw I would fish until the ice is gone.AJ said:I'm more interested in the bite. As long as the ice is good, is the bite usually good too, or is there a point where you're better off fishing open water if you can?
I had my best three days last year over President's day weekend in Feb. Fished the last few inches of good ice on a Neb panhandle lake and smoked the panfish and northerns! It just depends where you fish, what you are fishing for, and (of course) how good the ice is!AJ said:What do you guys think? Do you ice fish through Feb-March? I thought I remember posts last year saying Feb ice fishing sux. I've never iced before this year and wonder if I should stick with it or start thinking about area lakes already. Thanks!