Tuesday, December 20, 2011
photo by Ryan Brod

After getting your traps set up and everything is ready for your day of fishing, give your traps about an hour and then go check them out.  Be sure to keep your holes free from ice using the toe of your boot or a skimmer. Keep the holes clean about every hour so the ice doesn’t build up. Just by picking up your trap and moving your bait up and down four or five feet, nearby fish can pick up on the movement. I don’t know how many times I’ve checked a trap, walked away fifteen feet and the flag has gone up. It is very important to check the bait, especially with smelt. Check for a twisted leader and any tangling. If the bait is tired, dead, or doesn’t look right, put a new one on.