In the past few years automatic hooksetting devices have become very popular with ice fisherman and the ice fishing community.

Now automatic hook setting devices aren’t illegal everywhere so you will have to check your state’s regulations, but here on Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior they are legal and really help you land more fish like trout and salmon.

The benefit to automatic hooksetting devices like the Jaw Jacker or Automatic Fisherman is that they are a tip up that sets the hook for you.

Trout have a tendency to grab baits and let them go so automatic hooksetting devices are especially useful for them.

Now there is a time and a place to use them. They can be super productive if the bite is hot. If the trout are active and aggressive the advantage is that the fish get hooked and stay hooked.

If they aren’t biting well and are just bumping the bait, that’s when the automatic fisherman are at a disadvantage.

Once they get triggered and set off its over and they need to be reset again in order to catch fish.

It is just something to keep in mind when choosing between regular tip ups or automatic hook setting tip ups.

Now when I am setting these for trout I tend to set the baits a few feet off the bottom so the trout will be able to see them from a long distance away. Trout are a very mobile fish so spreading out your set up can really increase the number of fish you bring topside.

You can use live minnows, spawn sacs or deadbait, but generally live minnows have worked the best for the splake, brown trout and lake trout.

Automatic hooksetting devices have proved there worth in ice fishing and can be really useful for trout on the Great Lakes.