just an FYI, last day to ice fish cold lake is this saturday, March 31. But as others have mentioned, having a flasher makes it that much easier, however it can be done without one. Bucktails, white tube jigs, airplane jigs are all the ticket, mainly in the lighter colours (whites), some dont use any bait, some use minnows, sardines, herring. personally I use the smaller herrings and lots of time no bait at all. I also use some berkly gulp herring attractant. Lakers will hit the hook as it falls 90% of the time. So keep your jig moving and watch your line on the down fall if it stops moving before you get to the bottom, set the hook. Ive never been a fan of the 'Cold lake special". Dont think too big either, 3.5 or 4 inch tube jigs is all you need, 3/8's up to 3/4 ounce is plenty. Personally I like to use 20 pound braid mainline with an 8 foot 14 pound fluorocarbon leader. I guarantee any laker you catch at cold lake with be at least twice as big as the ones youve been catching at Spray.
Last edited by fish farmer; 03-27-2012 at 09:20 AM.