You don’t have to stay inside during the daunting winter months, wait patiently and dream of the sun coming out. Bundle up and be adventurous, go outside and try fishing in a non-traditional way. Ice fishing can be fun and exciting when winter seals the lake under the ice. Although there are many things you can bring with you for your activity, here we discuss the essentials you need for ice fishing. Learn how to safely ice and fish and share moments with your family and friends.
Find a good place to fish
If you’re getting out for the first time and don’t know exactly where to fish, it’s a good step to start with great fishing communities next to some shelters. You will find people who are ready to help and fish together.
The first step to getting fish in ice fishing is to find an excellent place to fish. When you go out on the ice, you want to fish the first 50 to 100 meters from the scarf and typically aim for a depth of 10 to 15 feet so you can catch both Panfish and Crappie Bluegill.
Ice fishing equipment and fishing tackle
A few things that are rudimentary and important to get out on ice and fish. You need a sled to carry your gear around, especially if you want to move it long distances. The next important piece of equipment is a snail, a drill that cuts the ice from about six inches to ten inches, and some even go up to twelve inches.
The third most important thing you need to have is a bucket that carries all of your tackle, bait and filleting knives in one thing and also serves as a stool when you sit outside on the ice.
Make sure the ice is safe
Stop in your local bait and grab or call the store to make sure the lake you’ve chosen has safe ice conditions. You can usually see where other people are fishing safely and stick to the already created foot passes so you know that it is generally safe ice. It is highly recommended to drill holes every ten to fifteen meters to check the ice thickness. Avoid fishing in ice water that is less than 5 inches deep as it may be unsafe.
Equip yourself with winter clothing
The simplest winter suit is a typical warm overall outfit with several layers, gloves, a hat, snow pants and snowshoes. When we talk about winter clothing on ice, we think of safety terminology. First, you need safety tips so that you can pull yourself out of the water in an emergency. Second, on the safety list are cleats under your boots so you don’t slip and fall when you’re on the ice, this is very important when you’re on clear, flat ice.