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Ice Fishing Shelter Buyer’s Guide

Take the chill out of ice fishing by choosing the right ice fishing shelter.

There are several factors to consider when buying an ice fishing shelter. Portability, capacity, material and so on. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can choose the best ice fishing shelter for your needs.


The main benefit of choosing a one man ice fishing shelter is portability. If you are the type of ice fisherman that likes to pick up and move from one honey hole to the next, these types of shelters are for you. If you are on your own and you want to hit as many spots as possible in one day, this is the ice shanty for you. A portable shelter can easily fit in your backseat or trunk of your vehicle so moving it from one lake to the next or back home is quick and easy.

Person Capacity:Ice Fishing Shelters on a Lake

If you are ice fishing with your best buddies then it makes sense that all of you should be able to fit inside the ice shelter. Many two- and three-person ice fishing shelters are spacious and comfortable for your group and your gear.

Ice Fishing Shelter Styles

Hub Ice Fishing Shelters

Hub style ice shelters are portable and the internal framework makes it easy to pop into place. If the wind is blowing hard on the ice, it can be difficult setting up the shelter due to the lightweight material. Hub ice fishing shelters then have to be screwed into the ice, keeping it anchored down. So if you are the type of ice fisherman who checks on multiple ice holes then the hub ice shelter may not be for you.

Flip Door Ice Fishing Shelters

If you have multiple ice fishing holes then consider a flip door ice fishing shelter. They are specifically made for a quick set up and break down. This kind of ice fishing shelter will already hold your gear, once you’ve gone to your location you can just set up and put the shelter over your fishing area.

Cabin Ice Fishing Shelters

Cabin style ice shelters are truly unique as they come with a built-in floor. The added floor gives you a distinct advantage keeping warm as the floor shields from the ice, giving you a more comfortable experience. Cabin ice fishing shelters are more lightweight. They’re set up takes longer than hub and flip style ice shelters

Once you’ve chosen your ice fishing shelter, you’ll need the rest of your ice fishing gear. If you’re a beginner ice fisherman, check out Frabill’s tips for beginners. If you want more tips and tricks for ice fishing (and fishing in warmer weather) visit our fishing & ice fishing blog.


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