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When using tip ups for northern what’s your preference, sucker minnow couple feet below the ice or just off the bottom?
Foot from bottom.
Smelt. Various depths.
4 feet off bottom with live minnow on bottom with dead bait.
2 feet under the ice and a foot off the bottom. And I like shiners on my tip ups.
It depends on water depth, clarity, and structure but 90% of the time 1 foot off bottom with sucker or shiner but fun dogs work good 3 to 4 feet under the ice with a plain hook.
3ft under the ice or 1 ft above the tops of the weeds.
I like to use 2-3 crappie minnows on a treble, and in the bottom 1/3rd of the water column. Saves me money on expensive suckers when I already got a scoop of crappie ones.
1-4 off bottom for pike and walleye.
Set up with half suckers and half shiners to see what they want to eat that day. Usually couple feet off bottom.
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