ICE FISHING GEAR & SUPPLIES
Stock up on Ice Fishing Gear, 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 Augers
Another 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 Shelters
If 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
Ice fishing is not for the weak and faint hearted.
Ice fishing is cold. It is quiet. It is perfect, and just
what my stressful work week needs when we get
to the weekend in the winter months. When the
best fishing lakes freeze over, most people won’t
be out fishing. This is the right time for me to
grab my ice fishing gear and get out on the ice
and do some hardcore ice fishing. It doesn’t have to be cold and miserable, though, these ice fishing
coats, jackets, and cold weather bibs are just exactly what you need to warm yourself up when you are
out there on the ice.
Ice Fishing Gear - Rod and Reel Combo
Now 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 Underwater Camera
If you are ever out there on the ice wondering
where the fish are, we know just what you need.
An underwater camera for fishing would let you
lower the camera down and take a look. Drill
your ice fishing hole with your ice auger, and
drop the camera down, and see what kinds of
fish are down there waiting for you to drop your
bait. Or, if you don’t see any fish, and you are not getting any bites, it will prove to you that you need to
go drill a new hole to get into some great fishing action.
Ice Fishing Lures
One of the most well known lures for ice fishing
is the Jigging Rap. It is perfrect for ice fishing
since you will be fishing up and down vertically.
The Jigging Rap is a lure with solid construction,
and it sinks fast, getting you down where the big
lunkers are. The Buck Shot Rattle Spoon is
another good spoon for ice fishing. It is super
deadly year round for vertical jigging for fish like perch, walley, trout, bass, and pike. When you jig this
lure aggressively, it will call fish in from a wide area beneath the ice and bring them in to strike. Can be
tipped with bait for added fish attracting power.
About The Author
Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This
website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion
for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along
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