For once and for all: Where to put the minnow under the ice?

2/2/14 @ 11:36 AM
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n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
Ok, I've heard numerous guys tell me, two feet under the ice because pike have eyes on the top of their head and they are always able to look up. Then, there are the guys that say two feet above the bottom or over the weeds. Then, there are the pike that I see swimming in tanks at Gander Mountain or the zoo and they are suspended about half way down. So, where to put the minnow? Most of the lakes I fish don't really have the weed factor, so I'm talking top to bottom and I don't try to find pike on a locator, I just put the minnow down where I have caught pike in the past or where I think they will be today, and wait it out. Part of me thinks it really doesn't matter too much. But maybe it does....what do you think?
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2/19/15 @ 11:22 PM
Lectrotech
Lectrotech
USER since 11/19/09
Why use a minnow, shiner, or sucker ? I've used panfish as bait with good results. Heck, I caught a 36 inch Northern with a 10 inch northern in it's stomach. A fish can't see itself, it doesn't know how big he is, only the size of it's mouth. If it's not mating season it eats.

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2/17/15 @ 5:31 PM
Hale
Hale
USER since 1/6/07
I place it where the pike would be currently finding their primary feed. End of icefishing/late ice they seem to feed on and cruise the bottom. Not that they won't come up to the bottom of the ice, but especially in deeper water I seem to do better keeping it on bottom.

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1/29/15 @ 11:12 AM
BoboJay
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1/9/15 @ 11:08 AM
catnround
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USER since 9/21/11
It's been my experience that barometric pressure should be taken into, at least, partial account for the answer to this. I generally have better results when during high pressure setting my minnow deeper; low pressure - further up. As for, "once and for all" - I don't think there is such a hard and fast answer because there are just too many variables.

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12/29/14 @ 3:33 PM
Pike-anator
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USER since 12/27/10
Depending on depth i will start at different depths.if one pops more than there you have it.when fishen shallow I set off the bottom and adjust as the day goes on .just my 2 cents.

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12/29/14 @ 12:25 PM
lookin4biglunkers
lookin4biglunkers
USER since 2/18/13
3lb test and a minnow about 2:20am this morning! I can honestly say this was the MOST fun I have ever had!

He was just hanging out on the very bottom all night! We did not know he was there?? We should have known something was up because no other fish except for a lil northern Randy my boyfriend caught a little earlier.

My biglunker became interested when my jig hit the bottom and maybe startled him or maybe I beaned him right in his huge head... that by the way was bigger than my knee!

Not really sure, but he hit that minnow hard and before he hit all we saw was the lake bottom come alive with red on the marcum!

At first my drag started zinging and I started slowly pulling him up. We thought it was a walleye. The ice was incredibly clear and we could see every 30-32" of him. He was FAT!!

I think we both went into shock when we saw him the first timeSmile

He took the line 2 more times with such force.

I think each time he took off we thought he was never coming back on that 3lb test ripping the side of the hole.

The second time he came up he locked eyes with me. What an amazing experience.

At the end he was really tired, he came up and hit his head and my jig popped out.

By this time my boyfriend was videotaping and he just lunked away!!

lookin4biglunkers found her big lunker today!! ??????

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12/29/14 @ 12:19 PM
lookin4biglunkers
lookin4biglunkers
USER since 2/18/13
3lb test and a minnow about 2:20am this morning! I can honestly say this was the MOST fun I have ever had!

He was just hanging out on the very bottom all night! We did not know he was there?? We should have known something was up because no other fish except for a lil northern Randy my boyfriend caught a little earlier.

My biglunker became interested when my jig hit the bottom and maybe startled him or maybe I beaned him right in his huge head... that by the way was bigger than my knee!

Not really sure, but he hit that minnow hard and before he hit all we saw was the lake bottom come alive with red on the marcum!

At first my drag started zinging and I started slowly pulling him up. We thought it was a walleye. The ice was incredibly clear and we could see every 30-32" of him. He was FAT!!

I think we both went into shock when we saw him the first timeSmile

He took the line 2 more times with such force.

I think each time he took off we thought he was never coming back on that 3lb test ripping the side of the hole.

The second time he came up he locked eyes with me. What an amazing experience.

At the end he was really tired, he came up and hit his head and my jig popped out.

By this time my boyfriend was videotaping and he just lunked away!!

lookin4biglunkers found her big lunker today!!

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7/3/14 @ 12:29 AM
WiscoMuskys
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USER since 1/19/12
First things first, I got a kick out of Lectrotech's comment, hahaha!!!!

But, back to the topic... As my wise Uncle has taught me, EVERYTHING in life is relative!! In the case of ice fishing Pike, I think there are Five key determing factors for depth and success, and these are in order of importants in my opinion:

1) What time of the year you are fishing the hard water? (early ice, mid winter, late ice) Opinion: the earliest and latest ice you fish, I would say fish higher in the water column, and the more close you are to the middle of winter, fish deeper.

2) Depending on the specific day you are fishing, what is the moon phase? Opinion: the closer to new moon or full moon lunar phase, fish higher in the water column. And visa-versa.

3) Weather is the next crucial piece. Opinion: It is the same as open water. Mild clouds and mild wind, barometric pressure changes, weather pattern changes are all going to yeild more active fish. The above named weather conditions will be a more shallow presentation, while stagnant and unfavorable weather will require a deeper minnow depth.

4) What type of structure are you fishing? Opinion: If I am fishing over weeds, I try to place the minnow within a foot of the top of the weeds. If I am over gravel, rock piles, bare sand, or bare mud, I would say placing the minnow closer to the bottom is the way to go. Depending on the locations depth, I would say between one third and half of the way down the water column is appropriate. Another key factor would be the depth of the most abondunt forage in the area.

5) *This can be either the #1 or #5 most important factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Minnow selection: Opinion: Based on the first 4 factors, my 5th factor is going to be determined. The last factor is the type of "minnow" I use. Suckers swim down and are slower moving, shiners are faster moving and try to swim upwards.

Hope you all find my opinions useful.

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4/20/14 @ 2:54 AM
Lectrotech
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USER since 11/19/09
I was married once. So long as you can get your minnow under the ice Be Happy.

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4/18/14 @ 11:03 PM
centralwiwalleyeslayer2
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USER since 2/15/10
ever big pike I have ever caught through the ice I put the minnow 3 to 6 inches below the ice.

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