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How close is too close ?

10/26/18 @ 12:57 PM
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PRyan
User since 9/30/17

Ethically, how close can you fish to a "permanent"  ice house / shanty that is not occupied.  Repeat - not occupied.

If I get out their early and "nobody is home" how close can I fish.   I'm not talking feet - I'm talking yards.    I respect the space but how much territory is theirs to claim.   I fish out of a portable ice house.

Do you leave when someone finally arrives - if they do?





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12/4/19 @ 5:14 PM
WelderGuy
WelderGuy
User since 12/19/10

If nobody is in the shanty who cares how close you are to it?? Not that I set out to fish right outside other people’s shanty’s but on some lakes it gets to be like a village and when ur hole hopping I feel like it doesn’t matter if it’s vacant (maybe I’m wrong??).  If people happen to come I absolutely make sure to give them a buffer of at least 30-40 yds or more.  As far as fishing goes I usually drill in a line til I mark fish. Once I mark them I’ll drill a dozen or so holes so I can hop around and then see how it goes. I always tell people near me that they are more than welcome to fish any of the holes I drilled.  I see no need to get territorial over a hole in the ice. I get aggravated with people enough at work I don’t want to deal with that when I’m fishing too! 

12/4/19 @ 2:32 PM
Poppster
Poppster
User since 2/15/19

Truth.... I fish a small 100 acre lake and always have to remind whomever I'm with to keep down the hooting/hollering and not let fish flop around on the ice...lol

12/3/19 @ 8:23 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Well said Big Musky! Couldn't agree more

12/2/19 @ 3:02 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

The problem with other anglers is not them catching fish, it is mostly them preventing me from moving around after schools fishing the way I want, especially if I have gone out of my way to get away from people so i can drill like a madman.

some of you guys need to learn how to catch fish without telegraphing it.  keep rod tips down, slide fish on ice and then toss directly into a bucket if keeping.    I have fished in my flip over for only reason to keep people away from me.     I have had guys setup next to me not catching a single thing and assumed I was not the entire time, only show them a limit when I leave.  Fishing ninja style!  

Other tips - fish at night, fish first or late ice when ATV's are not out, those lazy fishermen will not walk that far to crowd you.     

If you are high sticking panfish and swinging them through air into a giant pile to flop around, don't be surprised when you attract sea gulls.  

 

12/2/19 @ 1:01 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

If I drill holes and start catching fish go ahead and drill a hole right next to me!  You still have to catch the fish, and I'll have someone to talk to!  I love when I'm able to fish next to people, just makes conversations better!  I have a buddy, however, who insists on finding his own areas to fish and doesn't want anyone around him.  He says he's worked too hard when he finds those fish to have someone else get right there with him.  That's fine, I respect that too.  If noone wants me fishing near them, I don't.  But I'd much rather have people fishing around me and catching fish than noone except me catching fish!

12/1/19 @ 8:52 PM
svitreum
svitreum
User since 8/29/06

I hear you ol sarge. I had an acquaintance (mouthy guy) that made a habit of trying to chase guys away from his holes, even when he hadn't fished them in an hour or so. He walked off the ice with a black eye more than one time.

12/1/19 @ 2:28 PM
ol sarge
ol sarge
User since 3/8/04

No one owns the ice. I feel you can fish where you want to. First come first served. people get too territorial when it comes to "their" holes or water. You are looking for trouble walking up and getting into someones face over a hole in the ice. That is a dangerous situation that could escalate fast. It just should not be happening. There is too much water out there to fight someone over a bluegill. Just my two cents.

12/1/19 @ 11:09 AM
svitreum
svitreum
User since 8/29/06

Last winter, I went to a popular lake with a small group of friends, looking for gills. After drilling and checking with our Marcum's, and finding no fish, we relented and moved down further into the bay to join the "community". I drilled 2 holes and immediately got into some nice gills. After putting 5 keepers on the ice, I waved to my buddies who were about 100 feet away, searching also. They came over, and I showed them where I drilled and told them to pop a few holes of their own. About 15 minutes after we settled in, a guy comes over and starts walking around us, mumbling something, sounding disgruntled. Then he comes over to me, the shortest guy, and starts to get in my face and yell that we are in his holes. I respectfully showed him I was fishing in the 2 holes I drilled (6"), and was avoiding the obvious 8" holes (that were apparently his) scattered around just behind us, about 20 feet away. Keep in mind we are in an area that was littered with holes and a lot of people. He wasn't having it. I decided to tell him he could have the whole area and we would move. He was older, and I was concerned he would pop a blood vessel (Not kidding here). One of my buddies tells him he's not moving and to get over it. I intervened, managed to diffuse the situation, and all of us fished this area peacefully for the next 2 hours. I even stopped fishing to introduce myself and we have subsequently run into each other a few other times, always yakking it up before we got to fishing. 

I think this happens with some regularity on the most pressured lakes, more than others care to admit.

I, like others, would love to find a productive lake with absolute solitude to ice fish. Short of buying land that surrounds such a lake, that is nearly impossible here in deep SE Wisconsin. 

12/1/19 @ 7:57 AM
rikj
rikj
User since 7/29/01

It's that time of the year again..............

12/12/18 @ 2:33 PM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
User since 2/13/17

"I hope you're joking..."


yeah, that's about 1/2 mile, I don't like anybody within 1/4 mile.

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