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)
Needle nose pliers
Bobber stops with beads
An assortment of split-shot
Ice fishing bobbers
Fingernail clipper (to cut line)
First Aid kit
Jigs and spoons and hooks…etc.
Ice fishing Gear If Fishing Alone
Sled for auger or vehicle if the ice is thick enough.
Small shovel-collapsible if possible
Ice picks-could be a lifesaver!
Preferred ice fishing gear (along with all of the above)
Slush Dipper. Removes ice from the hole
Depth Finder. A chunk of lead with a clip on it.
Ice Fishing Shanty (Shelter)
Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)
Camera (disposable works best)
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!)
Sled to pull your gear.
Luxury Ice Fishing Gear:
Head Lamp or Lantern
Two-way radios to talk to your buddies
Ice Fishing House
Strike sensors for tip-ups
Optional Ice Fishing odds and ends:
Gaff- to remove large fish
Picnic Basket with plates, silverware, cups, napkins, etc.
If you take kids:
Lot’s of snacks
A small sled to entertain them