- Ice Fishing Rod, Line, and Reel. If you’ve been fishing in warmer climates, you’re probably used to the longer fishing pole with the spinning reel.
- Lures and Bait. The only way to get a fish to bite is with bait, a lure, or a combination of both.
- Tackle Box.
- Ice Auger.
- Ice Shelter.
- Warm Clothing.
- Find Your Ice Fishing Gear.
- 1 What do you need for ice fishing?
- 2 What do I need for first ice fishing?
- 3 Do you need special equipment for ice fishing?
- 4 How do you ice fish without an auger?
- 5 What month can you start ice fishing?
- 6 What is the best time to go ice fishing?
- 7 Is ice fishing expensive?
- 8 How do you ice fish tip up?
- 9 What can you use instead of an auger?
- 10 What is the best size hole for ice fishing?
What do you need for ice fishing?
Ice fishing essentials
- Ice rods and reels.
- Auger and accessories.
- Rod holders.
- Pliers and forceps.
- Sled or other conveyance.
- Terminal tackle.
What do I need for first ice fishing?
Regular winter gear like insulated snow pants and heavy winter parkas are musts. Good gloves, a toque, and a pair of insulated waterproof boots round out the ice fisherman’s most important attire on the ice. You might also want to bring some extra gloves, a balaclava, and a scarf.
Do you need special equipment for ice fishing?
The ice fishing equipment you need for ice fishing is much different than freshwater fishing gear. Special ice fishing gear is needed to handle both the fish and the elements. Ice fishing essentials include ice fishing gear like electronics, ice tools, rods, reels, fishing bait and lures.
How do you ice fish without an auger?
All of the non-auger methods of getting through ice involve swinging or pounding a sharp implement onto a sheet of ice over frigid water. To avoid a cold swim with the fish, never go on ice that is less than 4 inches thick. The ice should also be clear and solid without any thaw cycle pockets.
What month can you start ice fishing?
Next, you’ll want to go when the fish are most likely to bite. While you can fish for as long as the ice is thick enough, November and December are especially ideal as the weather isn’t too cold yet, and the oxygen levels in the water are still relatively high, meaning the fish are still quite active.
What is the best time to go ice fishing?
Many experienced ice anglers agree that ice fishing is best during the first couple hours after sunrise and for about two hours before and after sunset. Every lake is different and each type of fish has unique habits that could make the bite good all day.
Is ice fishing expensive?
Ice fishing can get to be a very expensive sport, but it does not have to be. When you start looking at the ads and catalogs and in the stores at ice fishing equipment, what you see mostly is the latest and most expensive equipment. Look at some of the things that the really avid ice fishers buy.
How do you ice fish tip up?
For ice fishing, you’ll want a braided or Dacron ice fishing line. Spool the line onto the tip up. In order to get the tip up flag to work, tie an arbor knot with the line around the tip up reel and hand wrap the line evenly in a clockwise direction. Make sure the line can handle the weight of the fish you’re catching.
What can you use instead of an auger?
A spud bar or digging iron will work fine. I made my spud bars out of rebar and a piece of flat steel that I machined and hardened.
What is the best size hole for ice fishing?
Ice fishing holes range in size from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. The ideal hole size is 8 inches. An 8 inch hole is big enough to pull most fish through while also being easy enough to drill with a hand powered ice auger.