When you love to fish year around and it is winter time what do you do? You fish, right, but the lake is covered in ice. No big deal, then ice fishing it is. Let’s discuss some things you should know about ice fishing.
Why stop loving the outdoors just because it is cold. Ice fishing has come a long ways over the years. From electric augers, fish finders, and heated shacks you can ice fish in the coldest and windiest of days.
One item that is good to have is and ice fishing rod. You say you have a fishing rod but the ice fishing rods are shorter. There is no need to cast long distances and the shorter pole keeps you closer to the hole in the ice.
You will need an auger to drill the hole in the ice. There are plenty of different types to choose from. There are electric ones, there are ones that use man power to drill, even those that you can attach to your electric battery operated drill.
Let’s not forget about a small scoop to clear the ice out of the hole after you drill. Sure you can use your hand but let me tell you that water is cold. A scoop doesn’t take much room and easy to use.
The bucket is needed to help carry your supplies to your spot on the lake but most of all it is your chair for the next few hours of outdoor sitting luxury.
Now let’s talk about the shelter. Is it mandatory? Not even close but there are times where it sure comes in handy. There are many styles, sizes, and strengths. They are also light weight so you can carry them pretty easy. There are also the ones that are left on the lake all winter long and are well built and heavy.
Of course don’t forget the tackle box with all your lures and hooks. Make sure you pick some bait before you get there as well. Another thing that comes in handy is a small sled to help carry all your stuff over the ice.
Do be careful when ice fishing. Check that ice before you get on it. A good day of ice fishing is not the day you’re the one being pulled out of the water. Enjoy the outdoors.