Can  be a bone chilling experience if the fish aren't biting.

We all know the key to catching fish, is locating the fish....right?  But since the lakes
are frozen over, underwater structure is harder to locate and sometimes numerous
holes have to be punched in the ice before finding the fish.  That's why serious
ice-fisherman have discovered they can sit back and let the fish come to them.  
How are they doing that?  They have found that submersible lights not only attract
fish in the summer, they also attract fish in the winter through the ice.

All good fisherman know that lights attract fish during the summertime but many do
not realize lights will attract fish during the winter time as well.  How do they work?  
Submersible lights project light directly into the water which starts a natural food
chain reaction by attracting a concentration of small microscopic animals called
plankton.  Bait fish such as shad and minnows are drawn to the light to feed on the
plankton; and larger game fish move in to feed on the bait fish.  It doesn't matter if
there is ice on the surface or not, fish have to eat and the light starts a food chain
reaction which fish are drawn too.  

Fishing with lights in the winter is not that different than fishing with lights in the
summer.  The first thing you have to do is set up on or near some kind structure.  
This can be a drop off adjacent to a river channel, submerged brush or even a pile
of rocks.  Fish are ALWAYS found near some type of structure no matter what time
of year it is.  If you aren't fishing on or near some type of structure your chances of
catching fish are greatly limited.  Remember, 10% of the water in any lake holds
100% of the fish.  The rest of the lake is dead water.  

Once you have found a spot suitable to hold fish, you will need to drill two holes
about 6 feet apart.  One hole you will fish from and the other hole you will drop your
light into.  If you fish out of the same hole the light is in....the fish can tangle around
the power-cord which can be a nitemare to untangle.  So, the time it will take you to
drill two holes may save you time in the long run.  The light only needs to be
submerged about two feet below the ice.  Many people make the mistake of
lowering the light to deep.  The closer you keep the light to the bottom of the
ice...the more light will be reflected downward.  The bottom of the ice acts like a big
mirror and any reflected light on it...will reflect back down again and will attract fish
from further away. always look up for their food...and lowering the light
too deep can actually spook fish away.

We now have the new
AlumiGlo SuperBrite LED lights that only use a fraction of
the battery power as the halogen lights.

Green Light is the preferred color for ice fishing because it is less bright then White
light... and is less apt to spook fish away in the super clear water found under the

Why Lights Attract Fish.   Ice Shanty Forum,

Our submersible LED lights are the most popular lights used for ice fishing because
of their small size, great light output and low battery drain.  The lights are small and
compact and can be easily dropped down an ice hole and stored in your tackle box.
The lights draw as little as 0.96 of 1 amp per hour from your battery which means
you no longer have to carry a full size deep cycle battery with you to run your
lights.  For more on Batteries and Run Time see
Run Time and Battery Facts.

Fishing under the lights has become one of the most popular methods of fishing
today, both during the Summer and during the Winter.  If you have never tried
fishing Under the Lights, you have missed out on some of the fastest fishing you'll
ever experience!  Not only is the fishing fast and furious under the lights, but
there's something special about sitting on a lake....during the Summer or Winter...
all alone... with nature and beauty at it's finest.   Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.
Ice Fishing Shanty with Lights
Typical Light Setup around an Ice Shack on Gull Lake, MI
Pictures from Matt Vaulkner, Kalamazoo, MI
SuperBrite LED Fishing Lights
Patent USD711513
Fishing  Lights
SuperBrite LED
Ice Fishing with Green Light
Fishing for Smelt
Chris Wade using a SuperBrite 2400
Ice Fishing for Smelt
Under The Ice
Summertime isn't the only time
Underwater Lights Attract Fish.
Ice Fishing with LED Lights
Ice Fishing
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Compact Batteries
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The SuperBrite 1200 only pulls 1.2 amps per hour from a battery, so you can use a
much smaller battery than a full size deep cycle battery.  The size of battery you
choose will depend on how long you want the light to run.  A small 8 Ah battery like the
one shown
HERE which is sold by Cabela’s would run the SuperBrite 1200 for 6 hours
and a little larger 18Ah battery found at this
LINK will run the SuperBrite 1200 for about
15 hours.  Both batteries are much smaller and easier to handle than a full size
battery.  To find the run time of any battery, simply take the Amp Hour rating of the
battery and divide it by the total amps per hour being pulled from it.  18/1.2=15.
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4 Sides of LEDs provides 360  radius of light.

Low Amp Draw lets you use the lights with any
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Color is obtained by using Green or White LEDs,
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25' Power-cord w/Clips and Cigarette Plug

50,000 hr., High Power LEDs.

Freshwater or Saltwater use.

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