VT Fishing Guide Tips For Ice Fishing This Winter

By now most of the lakes and pond have frozen over with a nice thick layer of ice. This is prime time for ice fishing season. Let look at the tradition of ice fishing for a moment as a VT Fishing Guide. 

Most fishermen over the years wait for the ice to get thick enough and then drive their shanty out on the ice and setup shop. Some of these shanties remind me of the movie Grumpy Old Men where it feels like home. It’s got a small stove, lounge chair, fridge, etc.  There is really nothing wrong with this! Really, some people just want to get out of the house and relax and enjoy the great outdoors. 

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The goal is to unwind, relax and maybe catch a fish or two. Okay, that’s great. What if you have a different goal? The goal of catching a bunch of fish and some pretty big ones at that? Then this may not be you! You really don’t need a super fancy shack or even one at all! By the way, I love this movie! 

 

Fish The Deep

The many unexplored frontiers in most ponds, lakes and rivers are the areas that are loaded with weeds, sticks, fallen trees, etc. These areas are often out of reach but are highly productive during the open water seasons. In the winter though fish tend to be more active in the deeper waters and not the shallows. Drill your hole and probe the bottom to see if you are in the weeds. Then move to deeper water. 

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Most of the time I fish in the open and find a nice deep spot in the lake to drill my hole. Here’s a beauty!

 

Fish the Depressions

What is a depression? Most depth finders will point out where the depressions are at the bottom of the lake. These are spots in the bottom that dip down and provide a small spot for the fish to hide. A depression is also where the depth suddenly drop by 1 foot or more. You can also see where lake depressions are from mapping software solutions like lakemap.com or navionics.com. These allow you to drill your hole exactly over the depression and catch more fish. 

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General Ice Fishing Tips

Fish are just like people. Yes, they rely on their senses to relate to things around them. Fish can hear, see and smell everything in their environment around them. Here are some things to think about when fishing. 

  1. Fish have color vision. They can also see for a good distance as long as the water is not to murky. 
  2. Fish can see above them as well. In the summer, you can easily spook a fish with big movements and loud noises. Winter gives you the ice as an advantage. 
  3. Fish can sense movement. They use their senses to detect movement to find food. That is why jigging is one of the best ways to attract fish! 
  4. Fish have a sense of touch. Yes, their lateral line which is their way of touch. This allows them to detect movement in the water. They use it to sense danger, find food and swim in schools. 

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Back to fishing! Remember if you don’t catch fish, I don’t get paid! 

Thanks, 

Keith

Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.
Brown Family
Brown Family
August 12, 2023.
Great trip on Lake Bomoseen with my son! Enjoyed the day - Keith did a terrific job and it was a great experience. He works hard to ensure you're catching fish! We'll see you again next year for sure. Thanks. George
Thomas Novotny
Thomas Novotny
July 18, 2023.
Keith runs a great business, has great character, and is invested in your success and happiness. No other captain and charter has brought me the experience Keith catered - lessons, laughs, diligence and a personalized journey hooking into fish all day. There wasn’t a half hour where we didn’t put a fish on the boat - of course each day is different - but you could always feel the magic when he put a rod in your hands. 5/5

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