Ice Fishing Gear for Awesome Results (with video)

Ice Fishing Gear for Best Ice Fishing Experience

Minimum Ice Fishing Gear needed

Fishing rods-with large guides, a sensitive tip, with some ‘backbone’.
Reels- Micro-spinning reel
Line- 4-8 lb test ice-line (you could go thinner if you’d like)
Bait: crappie minnows, wax worms, and fatheads
A 5 gallon bucket (to sit on)
Hand warmers
Needle nose pliers
Fishing License
Proper Identification
A compass
Bobber stops with beads
An assortment of split-shot
Ice fishing bobbers
Fingernail clipper (to cut line)
Ice scoop
First Aid kit
Jigs and spoons and hooks…etc.

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 Ice fishing Gear If Fishing Alone

Ice auger
Sled for auger or vehicle if the ice is thick enough.
Mouth spreader
Hook sharpener
Bait bucket
Small shovel-collapsible if possible
Ice picks-could be a lifesaver!

 Preferred ice fishing gear (along with all of the above)

Ice Cleats.
Slush Dipper. Removes ice from the hole
Depth Finder. A chunk of lead with a clip on it.
Vexilar/Fish Finder
Ice Fishing Shanty (Shelter)
Propane heater
Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)
Camera (disposable works best)
Ice cleats
Ice Anchoring System
Small flash light. (I prefer one that you wear)
Matches or Lighter (for propane heater)
Tip-ups-preferably the freeze-free type
Leaders for tip-ups
Quick strike rigs for tip-ups
Bait for tip-ups-herring, smelt sardines, etc.
GPS or Compass
“Glow-buster” glo-jig light. (They are new this year and pretty cool!)
Hand warmers
Sled to pull your gear.
Propane Heater


 Luxury Ice Fishing Gear:

FRS Radio
Head Lamp or Lantern
Underwater camera
Two-way radios to talk to your buddies
Ice Fishing House
Strike sensors for tip-ups


 Optional Ice Fishing odds and ends:

Hand Towel
Gaff- to remove large fish
Picnic Basket with plates, silverware, cups, napkins, etc.

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 If you take kids:

Extra gloves
Lot’s of snacks
A small sled to entertain them



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