View Full Version : Which fish do you think spook, when there's a camera under the ice?
12-25-2011, 11:59 PM
Heard a lot of mixed opinions on this. Would like to try to gather all of them on one thread. I've seen a lot of whites swim past the cam, but never personally witnessed a strike on one. Perch, walleye, pike, burbot don't seem to care. Not a trout guy, so no real experience there. What do you guys think?
12-26-2011, 12:08 AM
I find they are not too afraid to swim by the camera, but when the camera is in the area, they are very hesitant to bite. Case and point, I was at Pigeon last weekend and I started without the camera. I lost two and iced two and every one that came by either took the lure in the first pass, or after a few passes. I decided to put the camera down to experiment. I ended up seeing about six more, but instead of coming in and feeding without hesitation, they came in cautious and ended up veering off from the lure every time. It may be a big coincidence but I have found similar results on other days, and on other lakes. Keep in mind pigeon has very good water clarity in the winter, but a lake like Wabamun has poorer visibility, and therefore I find they are more willing to bite with the camera down there. I have a video of some whitefish at wabamun being caught on camera a few years ago. As you can see the water clarity in the video is limited.
12-26-2011, 07:09 AM
I have seen it first hand with stocked rainbows, but that all.
12-26-2011, 08:11 AM
Ive seen all but trout on my camera, most didnt seem to care one way or another, had all of the species come right up and check it out, and pike try to eat it. guess I did see a couple stockers at Enchant too, and caught both of them, so for that pond at least it didnt bother them, but I dont fish for trout much so I can say for real waters.
12-26-2011, 10:38 AM
I've caught all but whites. Had 3 holes in a row, my buddy, me then camera. He landed 3 whites and none came near me as i was close to the camera. Was at Gull.
All others I have caught lots with the camera in the water except wild trout.
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