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Ice fishing for panfish with kids.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

One of the things I really appreciate about ice fishing when the ice is safe is that people of all ages can enjoy it. Whether it’s fishing on the open ice on a mild day, or traditionally fishing from a heated ice hut on the coldest winter days. While we can target a wide variety of fish, if you plan on taking kids fishing, panfish are a great choice since you don’t have to go far from shore, in most lakes they are plentiful, and they are usually eager to feed.

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Adam Jaroszewski sent us these images of Owen enjoying a few hours on the ice catching sunfish.

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They fished small jigheads on light line and live wax worms to catch their fish. Crappie, sunfish, bluegill, perch & rock bass eagerly take wax worms or 2-3 live maggots on a small jig. They key is to find areas just off weeds where they are schooling up and the action is usually non-stop. You don’t need fancy gear, literally some light line, a small jig and the grubs…sometimes simple is better when it comes to kids fishing!

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