Apr 25
Don’t Be Alone on ice fishing

Do you feel like going for ice fishing but don’t have the skill and experience? Of course, it’s necessary to have the knowledge and experience; otherwise ice fishing can even be dangerous. Here are some safety tips to help you start ice fishing.

What to Carry?

First of all, you must know what to carry with you when you plan on ice fishing. Knowing this, you can save yourself from the frustration of catching nothing and also from getting into problem. Here’s a list.

Fishing Equipment

  • Line
  • Rod
  • Hooks
  • Baits and lures
  • Leaders
  • Tip-ups

Further you can research on what you’ll need depending upon which particular fish you are planning to catch.

curly tail fishing grubs by skivine
tip-up pole by skivine

Track Equipment

You’ll also need a sonar fish finder to improve your productivity on ice.

fish finder by skivine

Ice Equipment

  • Ice safety pick
  • Ice scoop
  • Ice chisel or auger

An ice scoop and chisel are helpful to cut a hole in the ice and a safety pick can save you in an emergency.

ice auger by skivine

Winter Clothing

  • Waterproof and windproof outer layer
  • Thermal under layer
  • Thermal gloves
  • Thick socks
  • Additional clothing

The most productive time for ice fishing is early morning. However, at this hour, weather can be frosty. So, you should make sure you have ample warm clothing. Also, make sure you carry an extra set of clothing in case you accidentally fall in icy water.


  • Ice cleats
  • Boots

Along with winter clothing, consider buying a pair of well-designed boots to keep your feet warm and protected on the rough and cold terrain. Make sure they have a good grip to maintain your stability and balance on slippery ice. Ice cleats are recommended to help you for gripping the ice.

ice boots by skivine

Tips for Ice Fishing

Ice fishing tactics are different than tactics you use in summer fishing. Here are a few.

Begin Early

As said earlier, early morning is the best time for ice fishing. So, start as soon as possible.

Know about the Depths

Fish need to maintain a particular body temperature and so, stay at a specific depth in the water. To know the depths of fish species you are looking for, ask an expert or research online.

Don’t Be Alone

Taking someone with you has two benefits. Firstly, it’s quite safer. Secondly, with another person, you can look for fish in a wider range of locations. Thus, one of you can find a fish and then try for more at the spot.

Don’t Be Alone on ice fishing

Stay Safe

Make sure you stay at least 6 feet away from the hole to minimize the risk of falling through it in the water.

Carry everything and do everything that will help keep you safe and you can have the true fun of ice fishing.