Packing List: Ice Fishing

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We love ice fishing. There is something special about setting up the shanty, drilling the hole and kicking back waiting for the rod to move.

Advice: If you're fishing in a shanty with a heater (the life, right?!), make sure you wear layers because it will get toasty!

What to Pack:

  • Sled to to pile all your ice fishing equipment
  • Ice Shanty/Pop Up Ice Shelter Tent
  • Portable Heater (liquid propane - sized for your tent) 
  • Ice Auger and skimmer to clear the ice
  • Small chair/Bucket
  • Jigging Rod with light line
  • Rod holder
  • Tip Ups (if you're looking to fish multiple holes)
  • Live Bait
  • Tackle box with line clippers, fish grabbers, hooks, sinkers, pliers, etc.
  • Fish Finder/GPS
  • Cooler & Fillet Knife if you are keeping your prized fish
  • Fishing License
  • Snacks & Bottled Water
  • Cell Phone/Camera
  • Adult beverage of choice (cheers!)

What to Wear:

  • Warm Hat/Earmuffs
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Warm Layers & Windproof/Waterproof jacket
  • Thermal Socks
  • Warm & waterproof boots (Muck Boots are great!)
  • Handwarmers (great for in your gloves and your boots!)

Oh, and use your common sense! If no one else is on the lake/pond and there is no sign of ice fishing/tracks on the ice, then the ice is probably not thick enough. Save yourself the danger and humiliation. 

Happy Fishing!

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