Hello all! Been ice fishing on and off for all my life up here. On and off meaning, I do it every 2 or 3 years... but now I'm getting into it a lot. Was fishing a nice lake the other day and I had two holes and two shacks, sitting about 75 feet apart. Same depth. About 18" of ice and 6 feet of water below. In one of the houses, I rarely seen a fish swim by. In the other house, it was swarming with some of the biggest lake trout I have ever seen. I could not see the entire fish in the hole, and there was no less than 6 of them swarming my bait. They would take it for short distance, and the 3 that I hooked immediately broke my line without even missing a beat.
So for you ice fishing experts, why would only 75 feet make any difference in a lake?
Also, I'm really trying to figure out the rules. There are a lot of burbot in this lake also, but looking at the regs, I can't use set lines for burbot in the Upper Susitna river drainages. But for Lake trout, nothing is spelled out like that. So can I put out two set lines per person for Lake Trout? If I catch a burbot, I let it go obviously? I for some reason can't find a definition for set line, but I assume it's if you leave overnight?
In reading further, the regs have the upper Copper and upper Susitna mashed together. In the upper Copper, it says only unbaited, single hooks, artificial lures may be used, but it does not mention the Upper Susitna in this. So I assume we can use those here.
On the next confusion, the rules state that "Ice Houses" must be removed at the end of the days fishing must have a permit. What if I have an igloo? Does ice house mean any cover over the ice? If I'm fishing the 'house' overnight, sitting in there, so I need a permit, since I haven't removed it at the end of the day?
I appreciate any input, and of course, I will follow up with Fish and Game, but figured some of my questions were probably pretty simple and you guys would know the answer right off.