By the middle of winter, fish practically stop moving around the pond, and you have to look for them on your own. To do this during fishing, you will have to drill a lot of holes. By this time it is no longer possible to catch catfish, tench, carp, crucian carp and trout. Dazed carp lie in their wintering hole almost without movement. Only towards the end of the long periods of thawing are caught ide, chub, spruce. Sometimes bream is caught. Although the reservoirs are empty, but not completely. In winter time pikeperch, perch, pike, roach, ruffe, goose, bream continue to be caught. Catch them with the same baits as during the first ice season. It is best done in places of accumulation, which should be sought and recorded during the ice formation.
With the onset of cold weather burbot is well caught. As a bait for its catching use live bait, fry, earthworms, pieces of minced fish (especially loach). Apply and somewhat unusual options. In particular, fresh chicken intestines or pieces of butter.
On non-freezing flowing reservoirs with the help of donoks continue to catch grayling. With the appearance of solid ice this process continues. To do this, it is necessary to chop the holes in advance, over several wintering holes at once. It is recommended to start catching grayling not earlier than after one hour. In the same way you can catch Caspian salmon.
When catching winter perch use a small bait (up to 35 mm), using a slower rate of movement with a reduced, compared with the first ice, the amplitude of the fluctuations. Hooks perch baits are recommended to take bait.
Small fish in winter prefers to stay in shallow water, but in a snowfall it moves to the depths. True keeps quite far from the bottom. In an effort to eat small fish, predatory fish often makes forays for it. So at this time fishing should be shifted to deep water areas near the pilings or their bars. Good biting is also expected in other places. For example, perch can be found near the snags or at depth differences. The roach will try to fish in open, uncluttered coastal areas with little current and a depth of about 3 meters. Pike and pike can be found in the holes located at the mouths of small streams or creeks. Any fish tries to stay close to areas with fresh water inflow. In rivers it tends to concentrate in places occupied during the ice formation.
After the snow covers the ice completely, it's time for the fisherman to take his exams. He will have to take the exam on the accumulated skills and practical application of the knowledge, observations and experience since the beginning of winter. Fisherman must know where the favorite places of fish are, as well as all the irregularities of its bottom. An experienced fisherman is able to find them even on an unfamiliar body of water. After all, fish do not migrate through its water area in winter, but gather in areas with high oxygen and food content. Only developed patience and observation can help in this.
An amateur winter trolling achieves success in fishing only through accumulated skill. Catching a mormyshka is easier and simpler. However, it also requires the ability to use small mormys, the hook which in different ways put a moth.
When driving plumb trolling from a depth of up to 4 meters you can count on the catch of bass, ruff, roach. Fish's eye is used as bait, as well as baitfish, chopped worms, bark beetle larvae and bait or mormysh.
In snowy, blizzardy weather the fish hardly bite. The exceptions are perch, roach and ruff. The latter bite quite well on a bloodworm or an eye of a congenie.
Have a nice fishing trip!