Warming the earth with the sun's rays and flowing streams along the roads, spring has come to our land. And even if it still freezes at night, the daytime temperature rises much above zero, bringing revival and joy to all living things. Fueled by melt water, the lake also breathed freely - the movement of the water masses began, bringing revitalization to the fish life. Right now, one of the most interesting fishing trips of the year begins - fishing on the last ice. Hunting for large roach, rudd and perch takes place in the coastal zone of water bodies, literally at the very border of aquatic vegetation. Sharp, aggressive bites, furious resistance of already active fish, trophy specimens - all this attracts anglers to the already fragile ice, hissing from the spring sun.
The last ice makes special demands on the correct choice of fishing spot. Seemingly strong, the ice may not support the weight of the angler and treacherously fall through at the most inopportune moment. This is one of the reasons why it is better to look for fish at a shallow depth, up to two meters. The main reason lies in the flow of oxygen carried by melt water. It is he who makes the fish activate and move to the coastal zone, looking for food there.
The mouths of flowing streams and streams are also excellent places for fishing. At this time, they carry a fairly large amount of food, and their water is quite strongly enriched with oxygen. These factors attract fish - large roach, perches and rudd are kept in such places in March-April. However, it should be remembered that the ice in such places is much weaker: in addition to the sun's heat, which melts it from above, the current washes away the ice from below. That is why in case of insufficient ice strength, visits to such places of the reservoir should be avoided.
Vines and other flooded snags are a good place to look for fish. In such places, the fish feel safe and quite confidently caught on fishing tackle. Searching for fish is a frequent movement along the holes - due to the rather high activity of fish, it is not worth sitting in one place. This is especially true for perch hunting: the best results are achieved by the angler who catches the largest possible number of holes. The proverb "The wolf's legs are fed" is also relevant for this time of the year.
Fishing in the coastal zone of lakes and reservoirs has a number of key features. Since the hunt for fish takes place in fairly shallow areas of the reservoir, maintaining absolute silence is one of the conditions for successful fishing. When drilling holes, you should not “pump” the hole with a noise; it is best to carefully unscrew the drill in the opposite direction. For the same reason, you should not clean the hole from sludge and ice crumbs - there is a high risk of "light up" the hole. A small hole is quite enough to pass the jig, made with a stick or the handle of a slotted spoon.
If the fishing point is well known, and the presence of fish in it is established, it makes sense to resort to feeding the holes. You can forget heavy metal feeders - feeding is done exclusively from the hand, with small balls of bait. The consistency of the bait should be made so that it falls apart in the hole, creating a fragrant column of food particles. Many anglers act in a different way: they bring the bait to the state of thick sour cream and pour the resulting mass directly into the hole. As a rule, the depth at the place of fishing does not exceed two meters, so food particles quickly reach the bottom, attracting fish.
When fishing for perch, a different technique is used - they feed the hole with small pinches of fodder bloodworm. Slowly sinking larvae do not arouse suspicion in the fish and provoke a bite. After the hole is lured, they begin to fish it. It should be remembered that it takes some time for the larvae to reach the bottom. It is for this reason that you should stay on the hole for a rather long time - from 5 to 10 minutes. For the same reason, you should fish each hole from the lowest edge of the ice: on the last ice, fish can often be at the bottom. The perch is especially famous for this - sometimes it is only necessary to lower the jig, as a distinct blow to the hand is felt in the hand, and a fairly large fish hangs on the tackle.
If fishing takes place on a muddy bottom, tapping on the bottom with a jig on the bottom shows quite good results. This technique allows you to attract fish - the jig raises a cloud of turbidity, clearly visible from afar. As a rule, bites do not occur during tapping, however, as soon as you start lifting the jig from the bottom, a confident bite immediately follows.
The same applies to wiring. Excellent results are shown by both the classic drive from the bottom up, which has a smooth, uniform play, and aggressive, high-amplitude play, designed primarily for large perch. In some situations, a bite can be achieved by simply lowering the jig, without any game. This technique works especially well when fishing among thickets of reeds and reeds, as well as after feeding the hole with liquid bait or bloodworms.