Outside corner: “Community” ice fishing spots

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Flag’s outdoor expert Steve Carney has your weekly outdoor angle here!

It has been a difficult start to the season on the ice so far with mild temperatures making our lake choices very limited. I fished in smaller bays and set back from the main pools and I’m not the only one! The few spots with good ice drew hundreds of ice fishermen and we basically had to fish what I call “community” spots. I normally stay away from crowds summer and winter, but it’s a fact of life so far this winter season.

The best thing to do is try to go outside of the community spots and target fish that have been pushed out of the community spots. Typically community spots feature water at depths of 8-11 feet, but I try to get 12-18 feet away to catch fish that aren’t disturbed. ATVs are just starting to come out in these areas and noise and human traffic can and will close these popular areas.

As the cold sets in here shortly, the pressure on community spots will ease and more opportunities will open up as we get better ice cream. There is a lot of room in the land of lakes, you just have to be patient and wait for Mother Nature to come and get us!

Steve Carney is the Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. It can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 am to 11:00 am WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast at am1100theflag.com and listen to his coverage on Outdoors Angle every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.

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