Often, the first outing on the ice is compared to a holiday, which for keen anglers is such. And it’s not about the anticipation of a record catch, but about new vivid impressions. Experienced anglers will confirm that often the process of preparing for an upcoming fishing trip is even more enjoyable than the fishing itself. And very special impressions arise when already on the ice it is confirmed that the prepared tackle and calculations of the time and place of the first exit were not correct.
The arrival of winter in the Moscow suburbs this year evokes nostalgia for the “old” times of the 70-80s, when the rule worked – from December 10, you can fish from the ice in all water bodies near Moscow.
Amicable and rapid formation of ice occurs in frosty calm weather and high atmospheric pressure, that is, under stable atmospheric conditions.
Usually 4-6 days are enough with frosts of about 10 degrees for the ice to reach a safe thickness of 6-15 cm.
Such a wide spread in ice thickness is typical not only for different water bodies, but also for large flowing water areas.
The usual picture is ice 10 cm in bays, 5-6 cm on riverbed irrigation, and no more than a centi meter on the riverbed.
In open water, ice can build up very quickly, but getting to it is problematic.
You can, of course, put on wide skis, but if you fall on them in a swamp, then you will have to part with the festive mood.
It is not the first ice itself that is dangerous, but the behavior on it. If you walk with a pestoon and carefully look at your feet, then the probability of swimming will be minimal. They fail due to an elementary loss of vigilance or inexperience.
Another, in my opinion, more interesting question – why is it worth or not worth crawling out on the first ice. Is there a fishing incentive in addition to adrenaline excitement?
Personally, I think there is, but the opportunity to catch the desired fish still needs to be realized, and this is not so easy.
Thin ice only gives us the ability to move around the entire reservoir and make an unlimited number of holes.
But the emergence of a solid boundary between water and air significantly changes the behavior of aquatic inhabitants. These changes in behavior are not always and not always expressed in active nibbling.
The best variant of the development of events in terms of biting is now observed in the Moscow region – a cold snap without sharp fluctuations in the average daily temperature in conditions of high and stable atmospheric pressure.
In addition to pressure, the direction of the wind is important. The worst weather is when the wind “turns”. As with humans and other animals, fish are certainly influenced by factors such as magnetic disturbance and light.
The fish consumption associated with the appearance of ice is very short-lived and begins several days after the ice covers the reservoir. The thickness of the ice does not matter to the fish.
The first few days the fish “get sick” and take badly, with the exception of pike. Then comes a period of very active biting, which lasts from two to three days to two weeks, and then winter comes for the fish.
In addition to the weather, the fish activity is influenced by the saturation of the food base of the reservoir. It is on the first ice that fish are most active in reservoirs that are not rich in food. First of all, these are careers.
On small small reservoirs, the fish “understands” that for it a hungry winter will come much earlier than for its relatives from a reservoir or river, therefore it can peck tolerably even in bad weather.