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Ice Fishing Tips




Ice Fishing Tips

ice fishing tips

Welcome to our section on ice fishing tips. In this section you’ll get to explorer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about ice fishing while learning how to successfully and safely catch fish when out on the ice. We don’t just give you a bunch a tips on ice fishing and send you on your way, we educate you on the basics of ice fishing, give you some of the best tips, help you choose the right gear and provide additional resources for further research. Our goal is to make sure you know everything you need to know about ice fishing and it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or expert angler, there is something in this section for everyone.


Ice Fishing Basics and Safety

Ice fishingIce fishing is a method of fishing where an angler catches fish through a hole in the ice of a frozen body of water. The frozen body of water can be a pond, lake and in some instances a river. Some ice fishermen will have elaborate setups that include heated cabins while others will simply sit out on the open ice and fish. Ice fishing has changed a lot over the past 25 years. With modern equipment and augers with 2 to 3 times more power the days of drilling a single hole and praying for a fish to come by have faded. Most states designate specific public ponds and lakes where you can ice fish. One of the key things to remember when ice fishing is that safety should always be your number one priority.

ice fishing tipsIce fishing is one of the most dangerous methods of fishing and it’s important to follow the safety steps to ensure that make it back home in one piece. The recommend depth for walking on frozen water is 4″. While many fishermen will risk walking on 2 1/2″ ice, we don’t recommend it. Situations can occur on the great lakes where mile wide spans of ice can break off due to offshore winds. Always make sure you have a charged cell phone and tell someone where you’re fishing, when you’re leaving and when they should expect you back. Beware of ice rot in the late-winter warm-ups, even if ice is at the required depth it cannot support the standard weight.

Ice Fishing Tips, Tricks and Tactics

Below are some tips and strategies that should help improve your next ice fishing experience. We are always looking for new, bold ways to improve anglers success at ice fishing.


Ice Fishing Tackle and Equipment

Ice fishing requires some special equipment and fishing tackle. Below is a basic list of ice fishing equipment and tackle you’ll need. This is by far not a complete checklist, it just mentions some of the more important tools that you want to bring with you.

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» Bucket (can double as a seat and a bait bucket)
» Ice Scoop (to remove excess ice from the hole)
» Warm and Durable Boots
» Ice cleats
» Ice chisel or auger
» Ice safety pick (can save your life in a dangerous situation)
» Proper winter clothing, or Frabill suit 
» Back-up winter clothing (in case you go into the water)
» Fully charged cell phone

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