Where to look for fish in winter

It’s not a secret for anyone that the outcome of fishing depends on the choice of the place of fishing. At the same time, you need to clearly understand what kind of fish all efforts will be directed to catch, since each species has its own favorite areas. For example, pike prefers to ambush in thickets of grass, while pike perch, on the contrary, stays away from vegetation, hiding behind large stones and snags.

The advantage of winter fishing is that in the cold season, anglers have access to any corners of the reservoir. At the same time, the ice cover closes the underwater world from them, which significantly complicates the search for fish. That is why experienced fishermen have been looking closely at rivers and lakes since summer, writing down the most promising points in their memory. It is important to record every little thing: the presence of grass, depth, current strength, structure of the bottom surface, the location of shoals, rifts, islets. That is, everything that may be of interest in terms of fishing. This article will help you figure out where to look for fish in winter.


Almost all bodies of water have areas overgrown with reeds, reeds and horsetails. Underwater inhabitants have different attitudes towards them. The reed is too “loud”, especially on windy days, it scares away fish with its noise.

Reeds in winterBut the reed is a completely different matter. Among its powerful stems, both predatory and peaceful species live. The former are patiently waiting for the next victim, while the latter are looking for protection and reliable shelter. Even more fish population is attracted by thickets of horsetail, which cover large areas. The perch really like this plant, other species are also not averse to staying near it. This choice can be explained by the fact that the hollow stems of horsetail allow air to pass through and enrich the water with oxygen. Perhaps it also has medicinal properties, since among its thickets, wounded and sick fish are often caught on the hook. At the same time, horsetail and other plants are a kind of danger signal for the fisherman. In the grass, the ice may not be strong enough, so you need to check every step you take with a paw.

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Fish are also lured by shallow areas surrounded by impressive depths. The fishermen call them “patches”. Such shoals are periodically visited by perches, undergrowths and flocks of roach. It is difficult to answer the question of what they forgot here, and yet these points are considered promising.

Ice screw in iceYou can fish directly above the patch or on the approaches to it, that is, on the fish trails. They really exist, and it is not at all necessary that it be an underwater hollow or groove; potential prey can also move along some extended hill (ridge, long embankment, hill). The fishermen noticed that the fish never loses the trail, moreover, it appears on it at certain hours.

The places where the sand ends and the solid pebbles begin, in which small animals usually huddle – bugs, worms, larvae and others, will be promising. As in summer, rifts continue to work, only you need to catch not on them, but behind them, where a reverse current is created. At such points, the chances of catching a trophy specimen increase significantly.

Finding fish in winter

There are two ways to fish in winter: relentlessly searching for fish and patiently waiting. Which one to choose is a personal matter for each fisherman. For many, winter fishing is primarily a recreation that allows them to sit quietly in the fresh air. Such fishermen find a secluded nook on the pond, drill a couple of holes, throw bait into them and wait for the fish to approach, enjoying the snow-white landscapes. Sometimes their patience is rewarded with a good catch – more than that of restless colleagues who have traveled all over the frozen water area and tried more than a dozen holes. But that doesn’t happen often.

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Ice tentExperienced fishermen, who prefer to “meet” the fish, rather than wait for it, first of all look for anomalies at the bottom. In doing so, they take into account the depth and the presence of various signs, such as a crack, wormwood, grass. Having found a suitable site, they drill many holes at a distance of at least 15 meters from one another, and then quickly go through everything with search gear. This passage allows you to determine the most promising points and fishing horizon. Of course, search activities will take some time, but then you can enjoy active fishing. This method is called running fishing. After 3-4 trips to the same pond, the fisherman has a clear picture: where this or that fishing object is kept, at what depth to catch it, how to feed it with bait, and so on.

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