"Regardless of the weather, hidden inside a portable ice shack, both predatory and prey species can be sought for through the ice with very traditional ice fishing methods passed down through generations of die-hard ice fishermen."
You might think to yourself, “What is the big deal about ice fishing?” when you should be asking, “Where are we going to lock in on a big muskie or pike in January?” Ice fishing is a chilly treat to those that know how to surround themselves with silent scenery and good company. Each year thousands, if not millions of holes are drilled into inches-thick ice to offer dangling treats in uncomfortable winter water temperatures to either prey or predatory fish species. Between checking lines, food and beverage supplies and trading a handful of unbelievable fishing stories, ice fishing experts come home with plenty of panfish or pike. If not, a day out on the ice is much better than a day at the office! Simple, shortened rods for ice fishing are most commonly used. They fit the dimensions of a compact ice fishing shack while still allowing plenty of line to be released down into the hole in the ice. Typically bait, weighted lures, and a few attachable weights are are effective in attracting the local Lochness monster to bite. Ice drilling augers, transportable, insulated ice shacks, and a few snowmobiles to zip around the ice on are also great investments for the regular ice fishing master.
Dressing warm and using hand and feet warmers when ice fishing is a no-brainer. Ice fishing requires an auger to drill through the ice, ice scoop, a covered bucket (acting as both a bait well and chair), ultralight ice fishing rod, and an ice fishing tip-up. Also recommended is a portable ice fishing shelter, an emergency throw rope and topography map of the fishery. To top off the list, a snowmobile and a few fishing buddies are also are highly recommended when ice fishing. Live bait such as minnows, worms or nightcrawlers are effective when ice fishing as well as large, attractive lures.