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Had a fellow tell me that the best way to get the perch interested when ice fishing was to drop a weight on a rope and muck up the bottom every 30 min or so. Drill holes around the muck hole and fish. What do you think? I usually ice fish in about 20' of water.

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I don't know if it works, but I can certainly see the scientific reason why it would.
Seems to assume that there are perch in the area.


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I would think that’s what a big jig and bouncing it off the bottom would do. After the big weight I wonder how long it takes for them to come in if it scares them.

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A little action will draw interest. A local friend swims his lab daily (retrieving) in a stretch of one of our local trout streams as an exercise routine. One does much better fishing the mucked-up water about 10 minutes after that activity has ceased than he can do under earlier crystal clear conditions.

Stirs up lots of creepy crawlers occupying the bottom.

My experience while fishing clear shallow waters suggest trout have about a five-minute memory. I.e. when I spook them from a habitual lay, they'll return in about 5 minutes.

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My friend is an avid perch ice fisher.

Small 3 way swivel.

Dropper line with a lead weight to “ pound “ the Bottom

Hook/ lure 8 to 16 inches above..


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