Top Tricks for Ice Fishing Smallmouth Bass

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Wired2Fish’s Kyle Peterson has dedicated countless hours filming and fishing for smallmouth bass in open water and has taken that passion to the ice. He shares some of his top tips for consistently catching smallmouth through the ice, with particular emphasis on location, the power of sound and his top bait for getting bit.

He shares some deep insight into fish behavior, most notably, their innate curiosity and how to use this to your advantage to draw fish to your location. Converting bites can be tricky; some days they’re willing participants, others, you’re forced to downsize to small micro jigs tipped with plastics and live bait. Key to the presentation is the right hook, which Kyle explains must have enough gap and be stiff enough to penetrate and hold these prized freshwater fighters.