There are many avid fishermen (& fisherwomen) in the world today who mainly live to get out there in the wild and catch themselves some fish. The spring, summer, and fall are a great time to go out there and brave the elements to fish, but many people refuse to let the winter stop them from their passion. Ice fishing has a long tradition of hardy expeditioners heading out onto the ice of rivers and lakes with specialized equipment designed just for the sport.

If you have been considering ice fishing or are very interested in the idea there are a few things you really need to know before you head out onto the frozen water in search of fishies.

What You Need to Know About Ice Fishing

There are a few things everyone should know about ice fishing if they intend to get out on the frozen waterways in the dead of winter. Here is a short list of the most important details you should be aware of for your safety and comfort while you enjoy this exciting and thrilling sport:

  • You Should be Properly Dressed. Warm clothing appropriate for conditions is always mandatory when you are going on an ice fishing Expedition.
  • Be Certain of the Thickness of the Ice. Always check the weather conditions to make sure that the ice is thick enough to support your weight, and check for thin ice before you get out on the water very far every time.
  • Be Properly Equipped. Always bring it up here to keep you safe and supplied with bait rods and reels and everything else you need.
  • Follow the Rules.  Rules and regulations for fishing include the mandatory fishing license that everyone needs to have. In many areas live bait is limited to certain types due to invasive species dangers.  Always follow the rules and be safe as well when ice fishing.

How to Pick Out Ice Fishing Rods and Reels

Fish Rods and Reels

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There is a wide variety and range of different ice fishing rods and reels available on the general Marketplace overall. In order to get a real idea of what you would optimally benefit from, if you do not have expert knowledge on the subject. Consulting with some fishing pros or asking questions on a fishing website won’t hurt anyone.

If you are truly interested in getting the best value in a fishing rod and reel for ice fishing, do some research and figure out what the best deals are as well as performance and quality considerations by studying the subject and immersing yourself in the topic.

Be a Part of the Sub Zero Ice Fishing Team

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The Sub Zero ice fishing team has a page on Facebook that you can apply to join if you are an ice fishing enthusiast.  They will consider your application just as much as anyone else’s, so take some time to join up with the team if you are interested.

There is a lot of useful information on their page, as well as a community of ice fishing team members that share stories and information.  If you become a member you will be invited to show examples of your catches and you are free to post pictures of your fish.

Ice Fishing Clothes You May Want to Wear


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Hypothermia is not a laughing matter when you are out on the water. Bringing a spare set of clothes in case you get wet is always a great idea, as well as an extra parka or jacket, you can never be too safe in the sub-zero temperatures that often accompany ice fishing.

You should always have a one pair of boots as well as dry warm socks and perhaps foot warmers to go with your ensemble.  and don’t forget to pack extra socks in case yours get wet.

Stay Warm in An Ice Fishing Shack

Ice Shack

For those who are serious about ice fishing, the ice fishing shack is something that people build to protect them from the elements and stay warm in while they are out on the water. There are a variety of homemade ice fishing shacks made out of all kinds of materials, and some of them can be purchased from online suppliers of ice fishing gear.

What to Remember if You Plan to Enjoy Ice Fishing

Remember to be prepared for any emergency situations that may develop while you are out on the water. Never go out on the water if you are uncertain of the thickness of the ice, remember safety is the number one priority.  If you are driving a vehicle please avoid taking it out onto the ice even if it seems solid enough to support it, vehicles are extremely heavy and may break through the ice.

If you follow the tips in this guide you should have a great time and if you catch them fish worth keeping you can have a fish fry, if not catch-and-release is the way to go.

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