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  • Writer's pictureBoone Caughey

Reflecting on the 2023-24 Ice Fishing Season: A Tough Year on the Ice

The 2023-24 ice fishing season will go down as one to remember, or maybe forget! For many anglers, this season was full of challenges and frustrations brought on by record setting warm weather.

Throughout the season, ice conditions were far from ideal, with the warm temperatures leading to a very late freeze up and unusually thin ice. Accessing our favorite fishing spots became a challenge. As a result, many anglers found themselves limited in where they could safely venture, significantly impacting their fishing experience. Despite their best efforts, the lack of reliable ice made it difficult for even the most dedicated anglers to fully enjoy the winter fishing season.

The Silver Lining

The tough winter season did provide a few benefits. Low fishing pressure provided a sense of solitude and tranquility on the ice this year, a stark contrast from the crowded conditions we've seen over the past couple years. Looking ahead, we're hope the lower fishing pressure results in higher fish populations in the future.

While the 2023-24 ice fishing season may have been a tough one, it's a good reminder of the unpredictability of nature. As we eagerly await the return of "normal" conditions, let's cherish the memories of seasons past and look forward to better days.

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