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How to do Ice Fishing ?

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

It is that time of the year again and if you are new to ice fishing and thinking to heading to lake consider tips below for safety.

Ice fishing can be a fun and rewarding winter activity, but it is important to prioritize safety to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some tips for staying safe while ice fishing:

  1. Check the ice thickness: Before venturing out onto the ice, it is important to check the ice thickness to ensure it is safe to walk or drive on. As a general rule, the minimum ice thickness for walking on ice is 4 inches, while the minimum thickness for driving a vehicle on ice is 12 inches. To check the ice thickness, use an ice auger or ice chisel to make a small hole in the ice and measure the thickness with a tape measure.

  2. Wear proper clothing: Dress in layers to help regulate your body temperature and stay warm. Avoid cotton clothing, as it absorbs moisture and can make you feel colder. Instead, opt for moisture-wicking materials such as polyester or fleece. Wear a hat, gloves, and warm boots to protect your head, hands, and feet from the cold.

  1. Bring a personal flotation device: Even if you are an experienced ice fisherman, it is always a good idea to bring a personal flotation device (PFD) in case you fall through the ice. A PFD can help keep you afloat and provide warmth until you can get back to shore.

  2. Tell someone your plans: Before heading out onto the ice, let someone know your plans and where you will be fishing. This way, if something goes wrong, someone will know where to look for you.

  3. Use caution when moving on the ice: When walking or driving on the ice, use caution and take small steps to help distribute your weight evenly. Avoid large, sudden movements, as they can cause the ice to break.

  4. Usually weather can be dark and snow can reduce the visibility, make sure it is easy for others to see you on the lake. Does not hurt to invest a simple emergency reflector set plus always to good to them on trunk. See here

  5. You may need to move around and dig bunch of holes, make sure your gear is prepared. Maintain your ice auger and make sure it is sharp, spend less time digging , keep fishing more.

By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable ice fishing experience. Always remember to use caution and common sense when on the ice, and never hesitate to turn back if the conditions are not safe

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