OK, some might say I harp on this topic a little too much, but I just can’t stress it enough: Noise and fishing pressure are major reasons why we don’t catch fish, especially in winter!
Many of us associate noise with vehicles such as pickups or ATVs. However, there are many other ways angles make noise on the ice. For example, we forget that dragging a fish house for 100 yards sounds like sandpaper traveling over the ice. We forget that not paying attention to how loudly we erect our fish house can create sounds similar to a construction project. We bang the ice skimmer at the side of the hole, blare the radio, or talk too loudly.
The cold water and air carries sound a long way, and none of these sounds are natural to fish swimming sometimes just feet from our ice holes. Then we’re surprised when nothing bites our lures!
Noise is a bigger factor when fishing shallow-water conditions over new ice, but over deeper water, noise is still a problem