The Northern Zone for Muskie is over. Which also means that we’re now getting closer to the end of open water fishing season, so it’s time to start thinking about putting those rods and reels away. But before you just close the door on your gear, there is some simple maintenance that you need to do to properly take care of it to make your “2017 Opener” less stressful. You should wipe all your rods down and make sure that you loosen all the drags on your reels so they won’t flatten out the springs. Give your boat a good cleaning and give those batteries a good charging for the winter hold over.
After you’ve finished prepping your open water gear and have it “nestled all snug in their beds”, next you have time to re-pack your tip-ups and get new line on them. Ice fishing rods also need new line to be ready to go. For your jigging rods and reels, you probably should think about putting on new line and match the line, rod and reel for select species. I use 2# ice line for Perch and Bluegills and 8# for Walleyes and Northern Pike.
Freshen up your batteries in your hand-held GPS, charge your batteries for your locator or flasher unit, and get your ice auger and the snowmobile or four-wheeler serviced and ready to go. If you have prepared your equipment ahead of fishing, then you should have a trouble-free day on the ice.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!”