Which do you prefer?
Early ice or Late ice?
forgot to mention how fun it is fishing in a t-shirt in 70F temps on last ice!!!
Late for big perch and crappie. They just bite harder.
like Junkie said, excitement for early ice and it can be good, but late ice.... man late ice can be good... last ice can be phenomenal. Anybody can limit out on slab crappies just under the ice just about anywhere with just about any bait.
Late ice for sure!
I'd say the adrenaline and motivation is a little higher during early ice just because it's the first time out in months. But fishing is way better late ice for me.
Late ice for sure.
Started end of December this year and didn't get a bite the first five trips. Haven't been skunked since then. Had my best fishing in March last year.
Late ice for me. I fish pike and I can get more fish early ice but the big girls usually come late ice just before the spawn. Caught this today. I wouldn’t call this late ice but it’s getting close. This fish was in deep water adjacent to marshy spawning area. Like live bait early ice, the livelier the better. Late ice dead bait is better for me.