Or may it should be "Tight Lipped Whities".
I know this topic was brought up not too long ago, but I'm frustrated...
I took a buddy ice fishing on a lake here in north-central Washington hoping to help him add a lake whitefish to his list.
We got there at about 11:00 and fished till well after dark. Our problem wasn't at all finding the fish. The problem was getting them to bite. All day long there were at least a couple marks on the flasher, and sometimes it looked like there were a dozen or more down there! But we only caught two fish all day. We did miss a couple bites, but not a ton. By and large, they just ignored us. Then they ignored us some more. We threw pretty much the whole tackle box at them. Big jigs, small jigs, various baits, spoons, lures, little buggy lookin things etc.
The two that we did catch were caught on a dime-size piece of shrimp on a plain hook, and the other on a 1/64th oz jig tipped with a mealworm.
Anybody have any recommendations to get them to bite or seen similar happenings? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Also, we noticed that they all seemed to leave en masse as soon as it got dark. Any ideas on where they go after dark? We were in about 65 FOW off a rocky point near the inlet of the lake if that helps.
Here's one of the ones we did manage to convince into biting. My first one through the ice!