How do you spear fish through ice?

Slowly lift the tines of the spear off the ice and dip them into the water to avoid any loud noises or splashes. Aim just behind the head of the fish. Don’t huck it like a javelin; let the heavy spear do the work. Throw, don’t stab—that’s why it’s attached and retrievable by rope.

How deep do you ice fish for pike?

Twelve feet is relatively deep in a body of water where weedgrowth ends at 6 feet and maximum depth is 25 feet. Late season, think shallow and deep—In lakes where the pike season runs until ice-out, look for bigger pike to gradually abandon deep water and roam shallow again as ice-out approaches.

How do you fish with a spear?

In the simplest terms, spearfishing is the act of taking a spear with a line attached and hunting for fish. You throw or shoot the spear into the fish and haul them back in. Spearfishing is a pure way to fish as it requires you to be actively involved with your catch, uses no bait, and produces no by-catch.

Do pike like deep water in winter?

In the colder winter month’s the water temperatures drop and many fish will shoal together and be holding up in the layers where the water temperature is more constant which are usually the deeper parts of the water. During winter I would recommend fishing at depths of around 6 – 12ft.

How old is a 40 inch pike?

On average a 40 inch male northern pike will be around 20 years old while a female 40 inch pike will be between 16-20 years old. A 40 inch pike from further north will be a little bit older, while those in their southern range of natural habitat will be a little younger.

What is the biggest pike ever caught?

The IGFA currently recognizes a 25 kg (55 lb) pike caught by Lothar Louis on Greffern Lake, Germany, on 16 October 1986, as the all-tackle world-record northern pike.

What is darkhouse spearing?

Darkhouse spearfishing is a method of harvesting fish through the ice using artificial fish decoys suspended in the clear water. When a fish comes up to see the decoy, you spear it. A large hole is needed in order to spear the fish and you need a fishhouse that is completely dark. (Hence the term, “Darkhouse”.)

How big is a pike spearing ice fishing?

Big Pike Spearing Ice Fishing – YouTube Spearing some nice sized pike on Lake St. Clair in Metro Detroit. One was approx 36 inches. Spearing some nice sized pike on Lake St. Clair in Metro Detroit. One was approx 36 inches.

Where did the practice of spearing pike come from?

While it might seem like a new trend among ice anglers, spearing northern pike and other fish through the ice dates back hundreds of years, pre-dating Europeans arriving in North America. Nice pike! The practice is about as primitive as it gets – all that’s needed is a hole, a decoy, and a sharp spear.

Do you need a spear for ice fishing?

If you want to succeed with spearing fish through the ice, then you’ll need a shelter, a sharp spear, a good decoy, and a saw to cut a hole through the ice. I’ll break down the best spears on the market, how to pick the ideal one for your needs, as well as review several decoys for attracting fish. What makes a good ice fishing spear?

What kind of spear is best for Pike?

The all heat-treated steel spear features 7 round tines with razor-sharp barbs and spear tips. The tines are arranged in an inverted triangle pattern with the shortest ones in the center, which works well for larger fish like pike, muskie, and carp.