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Old 01-17-2018, 09:58 AM
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Just wondering what size holes you guys drill for ice fishing northern pike and walleye
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:03 AM
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Guys are drilling 6, 8 and 10 inch holes lol. Any jackfish or walleye you catch will come through a 8 inch hole.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:16 AM
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Just wondering what size holes you guys drill for ice fishing northern pike and walleye
Used to use 8" and occasionally double or triple 8's. Now my auger has a 10 inch so use that.

Like CNP stated all walleye and pike will come through an 8 inch hole. I just find that sight fishing is better through 10 inch, or double 8 inch holes. The doubles also leave the transducer out of the way but come at a cost. First double holes take much longer to clean and both the doubles and 10 inch holes leaver the fish enough room to turn around and swim away if they manage to loose the hook while in the hole. With single 8 or smaller the fish usually can't turn around in the hole so even if they get off you just have to reach down and grab them.
I know of a number of Whitefish guys who refuse to fish doubles or 10 inch holes for this reason.
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So 8 sounds to be the better hole
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:34 AM
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As mentioned, almost all fish will get through a 8 inch hole quite easily. 10 inch is sure nice to look down but they are a heavier beast to haul around the ice. 8 is my go to auger. If I was knowingly going to be going after bigger fish, i would take the 10 inch out of the shed.
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:44 AM
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9 is the perfect size
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:52 AM
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For the fish I catch, ten inches is the minimum size I need to get them to fit through the hole.



But seriously, eight inches is great. Although I caught tons of fish through 6-inch holes drilled with a T-handled auger... I was much younger then.
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:14 PM
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8" will get the job done but 10" works way better, especially if you are running a sounder in the same hole.
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:14 PM
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I have 6, 8, and 10 inch augers. Most of the time the 6" will come for early season trips and perch fishing. The 10" is almost too big unless you are sight fishing whites.
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:08 PM
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I have a 6” and 8” hand augers and 10” in a power auger. You’d be amazed how large of a fish you can pull through a 6” hole. That being said I use my 10” almost exclusively as I like the extra on very cold days when the holes are freezing over/in. Plus it’s nice to jig without line getting hung up on the edge of the hole continually when using a slow dropping fluttering spoon like a Williams Whitefish.
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:37 PM
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8” is plenty.
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:59 PM
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I have a 6 inch but looking for a 8 inch
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:26 PM
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Ive used both a lot

I like 10”.

Zero issues at 8” tho.

I did get a pike a couple years ago where I was glad to have a 10” hole tho.
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1.5 10s need the extra to get a big pikes snout up the hole when you have a single small hook 10 inches back from the tip thicker late season ice 3 holes. but then I dont fish for regular fish they get boring eventually believe it or not.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:12 PM
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8 is ideal. Won’t step thru, anything come up they it. Easier on the motor to drill

10 is used for sight fishing perch/whites or if doing an overnight as I can maintain them and keep them open despite them shrinking to as narrow as 6”

Also find I lose the odd one in a 10 as there’s rom to turn, thrash, etc.

Answer is 8
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To each their own I guess. Everyone has their preference and no doubt a valid reason for it.

The biggest problem I ever had was with my kids when they were young (5-6) and not paying attention and stepping into the hole. Have to admit size wouldn’t have mattered other than them filling their boot vs. wet to their knee. Only happened once to each kid. They have sure watched where they step ever since.
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Best thing I ever did was upgraded to a 10" from a 8"
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I like the 10" for the extra view down the hole, getting bigger fish's heads to enter the hole and for the edges icing up as well.....
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Just wondering what size holes you guys drill for ice fishing northern pike and walleye
These are always nice to ice from from

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This is from a guy that broke his leg in 3 places because of a unmarked 10" hole....8" please is plenty....All the titanium pins & the cold ,i no longer icefish,arthritis ,pain med's after it happened & are taken daily......8"
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Just ordered me a new 10" Eskimo P1, on sale at Cabelas.
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Just ordered me a new 10" Eskimo P1, on sale at Cabelas.
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I find with ten inch your big perch and wallies fall off the hook more often in the hole and they can turn around a make a bid for freedom in the blink of an eye. Lots of straight arming down the hole and cussing too. But that just adds to the challenge. It becomes more physical just don't put your phone in your chest pocket because that's the first thing to go when you drop to your knees and stick that arm down the hole to your shoulder.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:52 PM
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$50 off on both the 8" and the 10". 8" is on sale for $579 now and the 10" is $619. Almost pulled the trigger on the ION X, but decided on the propane instead.
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