Ice anglers that have been targeting perch on Lake Simcoe know that the action has been steady all winter long with bonus mild-weather weekends where you can comfortably fish on the open ice without a hut. Only challenge when the ice surface thaws is slush and water which can make for tough walking and can be tough on ice-machines.
Peter Yeung took up the challenge and fished in deeper water for really good-size perch using small rattle jigs with the assistance of his ice sonar. Being able to see your lure and the fish and how they respond to your presentation can make all the difference in having constant hook-ups! While many anglers fishing live minnows just wait for a perch to come by and eat it, jigging allows the angler to draw perch from a farther distance and even if they are not initially interested in striking, by working the lure slowly up-wards and drawing the perch off the bottom, it usually produces a strike. So, one eye on the sonar, one eye on the rod tip and BINGO!