Ice fishing equipment, gear banner logo

Ice fishing gear, poles and equipment

This week we are going to talk about the ice fishing gear I use and what gear tackle and rods work best for me.

There are a few things I find absolutely neccessary for ice fishing equipment. An ice auger is the very first one. A powered ice auger at that. Drilling holes with hand power or chopping them with a ice spud just doesn't get it. To much work.

I've had eskimo ice fishing augers and a couple of others. !0 inch is better but an 8 inch will work just fine. Most of the ice fishing augers are good, just be sure you get one with enough horsepower to get the job done.




Next on my list are ice fishing shelters. I'm to old and get cold to fast to be standing out on the ice. You can buy portable ice fishing shelters pretty cheap. They really are worth the money if you do a lot of winter time fishing.

The next thing I can't do without is my flasher. Preferably a Vexilar but an old Eagle 60 will also do. Lol, when fishing deeper water so you can see what's going on it's a lot like playing a nintendo game with the fish. You can see your jig and the fish so you can try different things to get them to hit.

Don't try to use the lcd fish finder you have in your boat. It just doesn't work as well as a real flasher does. I know flashers are a bit old fashioned but they work better than anything else does for ice fishing.

Now you need some sort of heater to keep your shack or shelter warm. How many BTU's your heater should be depends on how much propane you want to haul and how warm you want to be. Nothing less than 10,000 BTU's tho.

For ice fishing poles of rods I much prefer the type for close faced spinning reels. The kind with the piece that comes down like a trigger so it won't slide out of your hand. I don't like open face reels or the rods that use them. Whatever works best for you. Make sure you don't buy the cheapest ones they have.

Now we need some ice fishing jigs. No problem there as a lot of the jigs you already have will work but you are also going to need some smaller ones. Panfish don't like large baits in the winter, for the most part, so smaller jigs will work better. !/16-1/64 ounce.

For line I use regular 10 pound Trilene XT or spiderwire. I also use slip bobbers as they hold my bait precisely where I want it. Because I have the flasher I can see the exact depth the fish are coming thru at and can adjust my bobber to put the bait in front of or slightly above them.

If it's very early ice I also want a motorized vehicle for ice fishing. An atv or snowmobile works fine as long as the ice will hold it. I don't like the long walk out on the ice pulling all the other gear I need. BTW, if I'm using an atv I like it better when I have atv flotation for ice fishing on it. If you are unlucky enough to go thru the ice you'll be glad you had it. ATV's are expensive so spending a few bucks on flotation for it is a great idea.

Now that you have the ice fishing gear figured out there are only a couple of more things you need. Every fishing shelter I've owned has had a very comfortable ice fishing chair in it. Lol, I want to be warm and comfortable when I fish. Sitting on a 5 gallon bucket for hours is not comfortable.

The last thing I do before I had for the lake is pick up some ice fishing supplies. Junk food, sandwiches, snacks, etc. Got to eat while I'm out there. Bringing a supply of food along is always a good idea.

There you have it, all the ice fishing gear and equipment you need. Oops, forgot something. Get one of the dipper things to get the ice out of the holes and get a styrafoam bucket for your bait. Have lots of fun ice fishing and catch plenty of fish.

< < Ice fishing basics   Ice Fishing Tips > >



Bookmark and Share


Fishing Navigation

Fresh water fishing tips

Fishing Scents

Artificial bait scents
More fishing scents
Spray on fish scent
Strike against Dr. Juice
Fishing Basics

Fishing Tips

Big Walleye tips
Northern pike fishing tips
Northern fishing techniques

Ice Fishing Tips

Ice fishing northern pike
Ice fishing basics
Ice fishing equipment
Safe ice fishing tips
Staying ice free
Families and ice fishing fun

Misc Fishing Tips

GPS Fishing
Tips fishing newbie
History of fishing
Heritage Fishing Lakes
Eelpout fishing
Catch and Release Fishing
Crappie fishing techniques
Bass fishing tips
Catching Catfish
Fishing accessories
Fishing Tackle Boxes
Hawaii charter fishing
Best fishing lakes
Tips on finding fish
Night fishing walleyes
Fishing with Live Bait
Trout fishing tips.
Taxidermist Preparation
Walleye Fishing
Surf Fishing
Blue Marlin Fishing
Fishing for Sharks
Winning Tournament Tactics

Items of Interest

Freshwater Fishing Interests

South Dakota Fishing Forums

Fishing Misc



Build Dory Boat Plans

Build a Floating Dock!

Build Your Own Trailered Houseboat.

The Bass Fishing Guide As you'll soon discover, Bass Fishing is not complicated once you know a few basics. In fact, it's way easier than most hobbies.

Warning: Don't buy another piece of fishing equipment until you have seen this discovery from the 1940's.
Hidden Fishing Secrets


The Saltwater Fishing Secret Weapon

Bass Fishing Secret