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Gearing Up to Get Out on the Ice

Gear up with everything you need to get out on the ice with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you live in the Midwest, you know that ice fishing is one of the best parts of winter. Before you head out onto the ice, there is some essential ice fishing gear you’ll need for a successful (or at least comfortable) day on the lake. Gear up to get out on the ice with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Gearing Up to Get Out on the Ice
Get ready for ice fishing season with this gear checklist from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Ice Fishing Clothing

Layering and wearing the right gear for ice fishing is a must if you plan on braving the cold temperatures all day. Starting with a moisture-wicking base layer will keep you warm and dry all day long. Snow bibs add protection from the cold and snow. Many bibs even come with hand warming pockets. In addition to bibs, an ice fishing wind- and waterproof parka is a must. Finally, ice fishing gloves or mittens, a winter hat and even a balaclava will protect your hands and face from the winter cold.

Ice Fishing Shelter

Next you’ll want an ice fishing shelter. There are a few factors to consider when choosing an ice fishing shelter: portability, capacity, material and style. Read through our ice fishing shelter buyer’s guide for a complete look at your different options. A shelter isn’t required for ice fishing, but you’ll be able to get out on the ice a lot more during the season.

Ice Fishing Auger

Now we start getting into the fishing gear itself. In order to make your fishing hole in the ice, you’ll need an ice auger. You have a choice between a hand auger and a power auger. If you’re fishing in an ice shelter or shanty, you’ll want to use an electric or hand auger because a gas-powered auger gives off fumes. A gas-powered auger, however, will cut deeper holes in the ice, and won’t take as much muscle to operate as a hand auger. It all comes down to what you’re comfortable using on the ice.

Ice Fishing Tackle

In addition to augers, shelters and clothing, you’ll need actual ice fishing tackle, too. Depending on which ice fishing technique you use, your gear needs might differ. Below are some common items you’ll need for ice fishing.

Rods & Reels – Many ice fishers use jigging rods with shorts lengths of 18 to 24 inches. The short length makes them easy to use in an ice fishing shelter.

Jigs & Lures – Your bait needs will differ depending on what type of fish you plan on catching.

Tip Ups – A tip up is a device that signals when a fish grabs onto your line. A flag springs up–tips up–when the fish hits. Learn how to set them up with our how-to guide.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that ice fishing is a favorite winter past time in the Midwest. That’s why we carry everything you need to gear up and get out on the ice. For more tips on reeling in a big one on the ice, visit our Fishing & Ice Fishing blog.

 

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