I havent been ice fishing a many years, when i lived in minnesota i went with the old man all the time. it was fun but hella cold. we would fish for walleye and northern pike. the lakes out here where i live dont really freeze exept in the mountain and you cant really get to them due to about 10 feet of snow.lol. have fun and good luck. The winter steelhead are starting to run so after my hunting season ends in 12 days I'm gonna start fishing for some yummy steelhead.
Frostbite? We don't get no stincking frostbite. Ice fishing is some of the funist times that we have fishing in the winter. Even before I got my shack it never seamed to get that cold even standing out there on the ice and snow. It is just like everything you just have to go prepaired for it. Now that I have my shack I'm down to a T shirt sitting inside it drinking coffee while I fish. The best time that I ever had was at 3am out on the ice catching 5lb trout. Now that day was fun.
I do have to admit that if you want cold it is goose hunting. The only time that I ever got frostbite was goosehunting and that was even before I could leagly hunt. I was just sitting in the blind and man was it cold. At least when you are fishing you can move around and keep the blood moving but not when huning geese or ducks.
Lakers out in CO? Huh, thought they were a north/northeast thing. We caught alot of them in Vermont, some biggies too. Never ice fishied for them though. The target of most ice fishermen was Walleyes, Northern Pike, or simple Yellow Perch. Fry up a bunch of Y. perch, and you've got a tasty little meal.
The hunting started out slow for me here in CNY but have been filling up the freezer lately so the ice itch is working its way up. The NYState Ice Fishing Show is in Syracuse next weekend and I will be there. I like to fish but LOVE to ice fish. Like going after the big toothy critters, tiger muskys and pike but definetly have time for the yellow perch and waldos for the dinner table. The B Collie in my av. is my constant companion on the ice he just loves being out there and chasing people who are running for flag's though he is getting long in the tooth (or his case lack of tooth) and dosent run as far or as fast as he use to.
Photos are of my wife with a big chain pickeral (I pickel them and they are delish). The other is a buddy of mine with a decient rainbow from the same lake, different day.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...