Ice Fishing Season is Here!As the fall season fades away, and the winter season comes along, the sun starts to fade away and you can feel the winter chill coming, it’s time to bundle up and hit the ice for some ice fishing! A favorite among many anglers, ice fishing is an enjoyable and inexpensive way to experience your hobby throughout the whole year. Instead of just three fishing seasons you will now get to take advantage of all four fishing seasons. The best part about ice fishing is that, except in some areas, you can have pretty much the whole lake to yourself. It’s peaceful, quiet, and relaxing (after you drill your ice holes, haha). Ice fishing can be dangerous, but as long as you pay attention to the ice, and the weather, it will be an amazing experience. It’s important to make sure you are walking on solid stable ice, and that you have the right gear to keep you warm in the elements. We hand picked some gear below that will give you what you need for a successful season.Ice fishing, in looking at the words alone, there is a pretty good indicator that the weather can be cold and freezing. The clouds can whip in at any time and make a sunny warmer day turn into a freezing snow storm. It’s a good idea to dress warmer than what you need, because you can always take a layer off, or put a layer back on, depending on the weather. These less than ideal elements that come with ice fishing require a little bit more preparation and gear that you wouldn’t normally need to have during the other three fishing seasons. As an example, getting to the fish is a little more difficult, as they are hiding beneath a layer of ice that you first need to get through to get to them. I recommend that you take the hard work out of it and arm yourself with a powered ice auger like the Jiffy E6 Lightning Electric Ice Auger. Operating on a powerful, rechargeable 40 Volt, 6 Amp battery that will cut through the ice with ease. This ice auger allows you to drill through the ice inside your ice shelter without the worry of smoke or gas fumes. Or, you can get the StrikeMaster Lite-Flite Lazer Ice Drill Unit and turn your professional quality 18V cordless drill into an extremely mobile, high powered ice auger.Ice Fishing - Ice Augers•ION G2 Electric Ice Auger•Jiffy E6 Lightning Electric Ice Auger•StrikeMaster Lithium 40V Ice Auger•Jiffy 46 X-Treme Propane Ice AugerAnother great piece of gear to take ice fishing with you, especially when you are thinking about the unpredictable winter elements, an ice shelter is a big thing that comes to mind. You may be able to get by and brave the cold as long as you can, and then call it a day, but if you invest in a nice ice shelter, you will definitely enjoy the day more, and be able to stay on the ice longer. The Frabill® Bro Hub Insulated Ice Shelter will definitely meet your needs and keep you warm when out fishing on the ice in the freezing cold. It has a generous footprint, it is a fully insulated shelter that features 4 removable windows with shades, 2 interior pockets, 1 exterior clear pocket license holder, and an extra tough 900 denier skirt section that eliminates the possibility of damage due to weather stress or errant boots, and more.Ice Fishing - Ice Shelters•Otter Outdoors XT Pro X-Over Resort Ice Shelter•Clam X200 Pro Thermal Ice Shelter•Otter Outdoors XT Pro X-Over Lodge Ice Shelter•Clam X200 Thermal Ice ShelterIf you decide to get an ice fishing shelter or not, you’ll still want to bundle up with a nice warm jacket like the men’s StrikeMaster Pro Jacket or the StrikeMaster Allie Jacket for the ladies. Both of these jackets feature an SOS Stay On Surface Flotation Technology that provides a measure of on ice safety in case something unexpected happens on the ice. They have a 3-in-1 design specifically made for ice anglers, and fleece lined handwarmer pockets with interior zippered pockets. Very nice jackets, that add that extra warmth you need to fish longer, and some extra piece of mind for your safety. Ice Fishing Coats and Jackets•StrikerIce Climate Series Jacket System for Men•StrikeIce Climate Series Bib System for Men•Cabela’s Guidewear Xtreme Late Season Parka with Gore-Tex for Men•Cabela’s Guidewear Xtreme Late Season Bibs with Gore-Tex for MenNow that you got your ice auger, your ice shelter, and your ice fishing jacket, it’s time to get your gear for ice fishing. There are a variety of reels, rods, and combos to choose from that were designed specifically for ice fishing. One of my top rod and reel combo’s is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. This rod is lightweight, and an affordable option that will stand up to the harshest elements that you will encounter while ice fishing. It will remain powerful and flexible enough to tame even the biggest cold water gamefish. It is top quality, and it is reasonably price.Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combo’s•Shimano Sedona Ice Spinning Combo•13 Fishing Wicked Stealth Edition Spinning Ice Combo•Pflueger President Fenwick HMG Ice Spinning Combo•St. Croix Premier Ice Spinning ComboIce Fishing Underwater Camera’s and Sonar•Aqua Vu AV715C Underwater Camera System with XD Camera Housing•MarCum Recon 5 Pocket Sized Underwater Viewing System•MarCum Quest HD Underwater Viewing System •MarCum VS458c Color Underwater Viewing SystemIce Fishing Lures•Rapala Jigging Rap•Bay de Noc Sweedish Pimple•Northland Fishing Tackle Buck Shot Rattle Spoon•Rapala Snap RapDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. 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