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Ice fishing with worms?

by , Posted to on 01/06/2006 4:19 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Anyone every use worms ice fishing, I have never tried. Do crawlers or anything like that work?
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by on 01/06/2006 4:30 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/14/2002
Location: ND
I was fishing at Fish creek the other day and talked to a guy there who said that he has been using worms quite a bit during the early ice and that they worked well for him. . I have personally never used worms in the winter seasons.
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by on 01/06/2006 4:52 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2003
Location: ND
Quite a few years ago I kept some crawlers in the fridge until first ice and used them. Never caught a thing on them but 3 of us filled on walleyes that day using minnows on the other rod.
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by on 01/06/2006 5:57 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
I'd think that they'd ball up in the cold water, at least not move much. Worms are either trolled, or when fished stationary like under a bobber it's warm enough for them to swim a little on their own. In the cold water I doubt they'd move much. I am going to try Gulp leeches on Devils Lake this winter, just to see if they work, maybe the gulp worms or nightcrawlers would work through the ice.

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Re: Ice fishing with worms?
by on 01/06/2006 6:39 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2002
Location: ND
I know a couple of guys who used to use crawlers during first ice on the goose river. All they ever seemed to catch on them was suckers. I had never seen a sucker caught through the ice before, but then again I had never seen anyone use crawlers through the ice before. I watched these guys on several occassions and they always caught a mess of suckers. They kept the suckers for smoking because they were better coming from the cold water (makes sense to me).
Re: Ice fishing with worms?
by on 01/07/2006 10:44 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/07/2005
Location: MN
Not crawlers or worms but something like them would be "maggots" and yes gulp does work!,they stink and stay on the jig better and they won't freeze.Crappies and jumbo's love the gulp worms.

Re: Ice fishing with worms?
by on 01/07/2006 10:55 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/09/2005
Location: ND
I know someone who uses crawlers for Perch in the winter, has had great success with it.
Re: Ice fishing with worms?
by on 01/09/2006 12:14 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/13/2003
Location: ND
Yes, we have used bits of nightcrawlers in the past while icefishing. They work, but just about anything works when the fish are biting.
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