Master Angler An Early Christmas Gift Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Timothy Steinmetz Escanaba Michigan Yesterday I made my first ice fishing trip of the season. It’s been a long time in coming, as winter came very late to my neck of the woods this year. I chose a relatively small lake that I knew would have good ice, and found about 4 inches of the stuff. Once I was set up, it was by no means an action-packed day. In fact, I only got three bites in almost 6 hours of fishing. However, it turned into one of those days where one bite, and one fish, made the entire fishing trip worth it.This lake has a lot of different types of fish in it. I was set up in 20 feet of water, and rigged with a leadhead jig and Glup! Minnow, a combo that I thought would be a good multispecies rig. At one point, a large fish came up off the bottom and nailed it. I didn’t know what I had, but after good fight I slipped a 26 inch pike up onto the ice. That was fun.About a half-hour later, another big fish came up off the bottom and clobbered my jig in exactly the same way. Same type of a bite, similar sized fish, I was sure I had another pike. However, when I looked down the hole at what I had I was shocked to see a massive rainbow trout at the other end. After a little bit of a struggle to get its head turned up the hole, I iced the first rainbow trout of my life. It measured 24 inches exactly, and after a couple of pictures it was sent back down the hole to fight again another day. Species: Rainbow Trout/Steelhead Date Caught: 12/23/2012 Kept / Released: Released Region of Catch: Region 1 Length: 24 inches Weight: Lure / Bait used: Lure | Jig: 1/4 oz, orange tiger. Gulp! Minnow: 3 inch, smelt. Jig with Gulp! Minnow Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More master-angler Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!