CLOTHING AND STUFF YOU SHOULD HAVE ON YOUR PERSON
Dress warm, dry, and in layers - Insulated wind-proof and water resistant - Hoodies are
Insulated water-proof boots - felt pack type or Mickey Mouse
are most popular
Hat, facemask, or balaclava - a LOT of body
heat is lost through the head
Baseball or other billed cap -
in case a heavy hat gets TOO warm
Gloves and SPARE gloves - fingerless
wool for fishing are nice
Scarf or neck protector - wind and/or
snow down the back of the neck is VERY CHILLING
SNOW BLINDESS SUCKS!!
Spare bag of clothes (including towel)
in car - JUST IN CASE you get wet
Don't wear the boots you
will fish in driving to the spot (gives you spare DRY shoes or boots in car)
Ice cleats (Creepers) or cleated boots - CONCUSSIONS SUCK!!
picks - pieces of broom handles with nails will work as will old screwdriver
One handed pocket knife - you should ALWAYS carry a pocketknife according to grandpa
Whistle and a compass - WHITE OUTS REALLY SUCK!!
Flashlight - L.E.D. headlamps work great
ALONE - Flotation Vest - PFD - you can wear one under your parka
FISHING ACCESSORIES aside from rods, reels, Slammer Tip-Ups, and terminal tackle (Ice fishing depth finder, lures, hooks, leaders, line, split-shot, bobbers, and bobber stops etc ....)
Hole scooper OR TWO - preferably metal
Multi-tool w/ pliers, screwdrivers, scissors, hook sharpener etc. (Leatherman, Gerber, others) OR
scissors, screwdrivers (phillips and slotted), hook sharpener
towel - to wipe off goo
Jaw spreader and/or hook remover (depending
Foam kneeling pad - Cardboard wrapped with duct
tape also works
Rod holder or rod cradle (bucket mounted or
free-standing) - I prefer a Slammer Tip-Up for a free standing hook-setting open ice rod-holder, the little red Tackle Tamer
Rod-Holder for a bucket mounted in-shanty rod holder, and the Orangeville Hooker for a free-standing fold-up rod cradle
DO NOT LAY YOUR ROD ON THE ICE!!!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ROD!! - IGNORANCE GETS
RODS SUCKED DOWN HOLES!!!
Gaff - with TIP COVER!!
Stringer - good idea to stringer female steelies under the ice to keep them from freezing
Plastic bags - size according to fish species being kept - keeps the slime off the gear
MORE FISHING ACCESSORIES - not always necessary, but things to consider
if you want to catch more and bigger fish
Finder - Strikemaster PolarVision and others - size of a flashlight
Fish Finder - Flashers are awesome i.e. Vexilar and Marcum - LCD's will also work
Underwater Camera - Aqua View is most popular with most models - Aqua Cam (from Menard's), Harbor Freight's
camera, and Homier's cameras also work fine and have a Sony camera
GPS - to find the hot-spot
Lake Map - HotSpot fishing maps
are about the best
Sled type flip-over shanty - Bring up again
- also good for sight fishing
Artificial weeds - ReelWeeds,
other commercially available - fish tank supplies, hobby shops for make your own structure
Hole Covers - Slamco lightweight, freeze-proof, folding, insulated, solar heated hole
cover - avoid foam as it could get frozen into your hole
devices - Slamco Wig-Jigger attaches to your Slammer Tip-Up
snow shovel - nice for clearing an area for your stuff in heavier snow and/or slush
Snow brush - nice for dusting snow off accessories
"stand up" rods for standing on the ice and fishing - good for moving from hole to hole while jigging - if you have
the room and aren't in a shanty, a 4 to 6 foot rod works FINE ON THE OPEN ICE
Sitting on your ass in a shanty?? - use a short enough rod that's comfortable
SWISH RODS - for deep water perch fishing - they are hard to beat - if you know someone who has some and doesn't
use and/or want them - BUY THEM!!
ICE CHECKING AND HOLE MAKING GEAR
Spud bar or Ice Chisel - CHECK THE ICE!!
Auger - Laser Augers work GREAT
Spare Blades and tool for
the screws of your hand auger are a good idea
Gas Power Auger
- DON'T RELY ON JUST A POWER AUGER!! (Dave's last year on PM Lake ....)
Electric Ice drills - IceGator Power Head has VERY GOOD REVIEWS!!
Auger Adaptor's for Cordless Drills - Minimum 18V GOOD drill - 6" diameter hole OR LESS - Ice Master
is best - has a collar and a strap that wraps around drill - most others (i.e. Nymrod) ARE A JOKE - loosens in drill chuck
and you lose your auger head to bottom of the lake
- for cutting spearing holes - CHAIN SAWS ARE A BAD IDEA!!
5-Gallon bucket OR TWO - preferably with lid - also acts as a seat
Plastic "milk" crates work nice as do plastic totes - lightweight, sturdy, and waterproof
SOLID minnow bucket or old cooler for live minnows - styrofoam liner in a 5-gallon bucket
works fine - JUST a styrofoam bucket is NOT a good choice - battery operated aerators are nice too
Soft or hard cooler for spawn - DON'T LET YOUR SPAWN FREEZE!!!
Gear bag - keep your small itmes CONTAINED
Ice Fishing Rod Case - DON'T HAVE YOUR RODS AND REELS IN A MESS!!
Backpacks - work well for transporting gear
walled sled - i.e. Shappel Jet Sled - Frabill, Otter, Viking
cords to secure your gear in the sled
Sled cover, plastic
tarp, or even blanket to keep snow and slush off of gear in the sled
ATV's, Utility Vehicles - WEAR YOUR HELMET !!! C.O. Chris Simpson will get you!!
- something to drink and munch on
Propane or White Gas Heater
- style, size and type depending - HAVE ADDIQUATE VENTILATION!!!
Lantern - for light and/or heat
Lighters and Matches - a couple
disposable lighters and some waterproof matches
- different types (Jon-E lighter fluid, charcoal stick, Liquid-filled bag w/ metal disc, disposable)
Toe Warmers - DISPOSABLE TOE WARMERS ARE A GOD SEND !!!!
Mittens are warmer than gloves
Hand muff that
wraps around your waist (with a hand warmer works great)
- usually more comfortable than a bucket
Portable Shanty -
sled flip-over Lodge style works great - other types i.e. Muskegon manufactured Viking, accordian style Alumatents (make your
own with plywood ends, canvas or plastic tarp middle and conduit pipe poles)
NOTE: Muskegon Awning's Lodge was available BEFORE the Clam flip-over type portable shanty
Permanent Shanties - Have to check on them almost every day
SAFETY GEAR - some good things to have handy in case someone falls in if you're away
from the public - a good idea to be fishing with a buddy or a group as well
- 100' Rope tied to a boat cushion OR a manufactured throw bag
- Snow shoes - weight
distribution for rescue
- Flares or flare gun
- Cell phone