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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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12/1/19 @ 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.

12/12/18 @ 1:16 PM
Islandpoint69
Islandpoint69
User since 12/17/16
I drilled a hole right behind a vacant shack and used it for a backrest.oops that might be too close.they make good windbreaks.I drilled circles around shacks no one was using.if you drill at the doorstep they get a little pissy.mostly give everyone much respect and a little space.I don't mind company.

12/12/18 @ 12:13 PM
AWichman
AWichman
User since 1/6/16

After the last week of being up on super popular lakes. Upper Red and Winnibigoshish I can safely say that there seems to be no such thing as too close.

The one day we found and area all to ourselves and were doing no really well, after about 45 minutes we had a whole lot of company. The one guy wandered over by us, so I asked why he chose this particular area. His response was they watch with binoculars to see if anyone is catching and move in on that area. We were setup probably a quarter mile away from everyone and by the time we left the lake that evening there was at least 50 people all piled on top of one another. 

As I said before I try to give at lest 50 yards on a popular lake, and as far as possible on Some of my sleeper lakes that aren’t really well known. Hell I’ve went and found a different lake already when I pulled up to one of them and someone was there already. It’s like a 60 acre lake that doesn’t really have a second spot. 

12/12/18 @ 11:55 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

For people around me, no such thing as too close. If you want to fish right on top of me have at it, I rarely stay in the same spot for a prolonged period of time anyways. Just make some conversation, offer a beer and I'm happy.

When I choose a spot, too close for me is the same structure area. I usually have several spots picked out prior to hitting the ice, if someone is on one spot I just go to the other spot. But that's just because I don't like people, hence the reason I ice fish.

12/12/18 @ 11:48 AM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

I hope you're joking...

12/12/18 @ 11:40 AM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
User since 2/13/17

This is too close.

12/12/18 @ 10:54 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

I prefer to be left alone and given my space but what upsets me more than someone setting up close to me is the guy who sets up next to me and starts drilling holes right at prime time.  I've learned to pop a half dozen extra holes when fishing the evening walleye bite.  If they're going to set up next to me, at least they don't have to scare all of the fish away.

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