The Division of Wildlife Resources are on hand to ensure that every ice fisherman has the tools and know-how for a successful ice fishing season. Sport Fisheries Coordinator Randy Oplinger says the key to ice fishing is getting the bait or lure at the depth where the fish are and some simple devices can also bring success. “Fish that are under the ice usually don’t take bait aggressively,” says Oplinger. “Instead, they’ll often mouth the bait before stripping it off the hook or rejecting it. That makes it difficult to know when a fish is investigating your bait. That’s why devices, such as bobbers that float on the water or spring bobbers that attach to your fishing pole, are so important.” Oplinger recommends learning the tried and true techniques and tricks for ice fishing to make the most of every experience. The DWR will be holding local ice fishing clinics after the holidays on January 6th, 7th and 14th. For more information on the free clinics, call 781-9453.