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Ice Fishing

If you're looking for ice fishing information you've come to the right place. You'll find lots of great ice fishing tips and techniques to help you catch more fish as well as gear and equipment recommendations to make your time ice fishing more enjoyable. Your first priority on the ice should be safety but catching fish is a really close second!

Ice Fishing Tips

Ice Fishing Gear and Equipment Checklist

This ice fishing gear and equipment checklist was put together so you won't forget anything important the next time you head out on the ice. Fishing License Fishing Rods & Reels (insure your line is in good shape) Tackle Box Tip-Ups Live Bait (minnows and/or grubs) Auger (and fresh gas) Heater (and fuel canisters) Sonar […]

Finding Fish Under the Ice: Our Best Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

The real secret to catching more fish is knowledge! The more you know, the more fish you'll catch. These ice fishing tips and techniques are proven winners. Whether you're ice fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Perch or any other type of fish it's important to know as much as you can about the species you're after. You'll […]

Ice Fishing Lake Trout: Tips and Tricks

Lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush, are a salmonid cousin of both salmon and brook trout. Distinctive for their forked tail and silver-gray body, they’re actually a freshwater char, not a true trout at all. These large fish are as fun to catch as they are tasty to eat. But if you want to ice fish for […]

Ice Fishing Pike: Tips and Tricks

The northern pike, Esox lucius, is a common predator in freshwater lakes and rivers where ice fishing is popular. Armed with a mouthful of sharp, backward-facing teeth and a sleek olive green body sporting a white belly, the pike is the stuff of nightmares for other fish--and the fuel of dreams for many anglers. Massive, […]

Ice Fishing Perch: Tips and Techniques

The yellow perch, Perca flavescens, is a popular panfish to chase all year ‘round. Their natural curiosity and voracious appetite make them easy and fun to catch, contributing to their introduction beyond their naturally northern range. As a result, they can now be found as far south as Ohio and South Carolina. Perch behavior is […]

Ice Fishing Safety: Tips You Should Never Ignore

There’s a certain breed of angler who waits all year for the coming of winter, whose dreams are haunted by hard water, the steam of breath in the cold air, and numb fingers pulling big fish through the ice. These ice fishing fanatics know that cold weather brings hot fishing, and they’re already lubing their […]

Best Tips for Tip Ups: Catching More Fish Through the Ice

If there’s one thing all ice anglers can agree on, it’s that tip ups are an effective way to cover a lot of hard water no matter how cold the weather is. And if the thought of a lake packed with pike and walleye, but covered in ice and snow, gets your heart pounding, we […]

Ice Fishing Crappie: Tips and Techniques

Crappie are predatory fish of the genus Pomoxis. Two species are recognized by science: P. annularis, commonly called the white crappie, and P. nigromaculatus, also known as the black crappie. Both species change colors throughout the season, and by pattern alone, they can be tough to tell apart. The surest way to tell the difference […]

Ice Fishing Walleye: Tips and Tricks

The walleye--Sander vitreus--is one of the most popular species ice anglers chase, but it’s also the least well-understood by fishermen and scientists alike. Exactly why and how walleye migrate is something of a mystery, though their attraction to spawning sites is obvious. But the key to catching these aggressive predators is to make the most […]

Ice Fishing for Bluegill and Sunfish: Tips and Techniques

There’s something about catching panfish on ultralight tackle that gets in your blood, and there’s no reason to end that excitement once winter’s grip takes hold. Bluegill and sunfish are among the most popular ice fishing targets. Plentiful, easy to entice into a bite, and simple to pull through a small hole in the ice, […]

Ice Fishing Muskie: Tips and Techniques

Muskie, though known to be aggressive apex predators, are sometimes called the “fish of 10,000 casts.” And there’s some truth to this: they can be elusive trophies, though the heart-pounding excitement of landing one keeps die-hard fans coming back to the water, season after season. And as winter approaches, that excitement doesn’t dim like the […]

How To Sharpen Ice Auger Blades at Home: Two Methods and Step-by-Step Instructions

A sharp blade is a safe blade, and that’s as true of ice augers as it is of knives and axes. A sharp auger blade will bite ice without requiring much force from you, and less downward pressure on the auger leads to less risk should it fail to bite and kick. And, of course, […]

Ice Fishing Gear Reviews

Best Ice Fishing Lures: Our Favorite Jigs and some Tips and Tricks!

Jigging is the ultimate ice fishing technique, and as we wait for the water to harden, it’s time to revisit this tried and true method. While apparently no more complicated than dropping a lure through a hole in the ice and giving it a bit of a twitch, the difference between fishing and catching this […]

Best Soft Baits for Hard Water: Our Favorite Plastics for Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is at the forefront of innovation within the sport of angling, and while each new summer sees much the same gear on the water, the short days of winter witness new gear every year. On the hard water, for instance, the days of long rods are finished. Today you’ll see most ice anglers […]

Ice Fishing Gear & Equipment - Are You Ready for the Hard Water?

If you’re getting ready for ice fishing, you’re not alone. We are too! And if you’re anything like us, you’re counting the days until the ice is thick enough to fish. Until then, preparation is key, and as any experienced angler can tell you, the right gear is essential to make the most of your […]

Best Ice Fishing Chairs Reviewed: Hard-Water Comfort for 2022

Long days on the ice demand good equipment, and from the right bibs and boots, to a reliable heater, to a warm, dry shelter, you need gear that won’t let you down. And if you’ve spent hours watching a flasher, you know that comfort matters - a lot! That’s why the right chair can make […]

Best Inline and Spinning Ice Fishing Reels - Buying Guide and Reviews

If you’re ready to hit the hardwater, you’ll need the right rod and a good ice fishing reel. We’re here to help, and we know that it can be hard to get authoritative answers - backed by fact and experience - about exactly what works and what doesn’t. To cut through the confusion, we’ve reviewed […]

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combo for 2022

It wasn’t long ago that hard-water anglers had to make do with whatever they could find. Now, ice fishermen are spoiled for choices, and innovation is the watchword of the industry. Good ice rods are now plentiful, and for folks just getting into the sport - or looking to extend their fishing season - there […]

Best Ice Fishing Boots: Warm, Dry, and Sure-Footed Boots Reviewed

The right gear is essential, as is knowing how to choose it. That’s as true for ice boots as it is for anything else, and excellent footwear can mean the difference between an exciting day pulling crappie or muskie through a hole and the misery of fighting cold feet and numb toes. To help you […]

Best Ice Fishing Heaters Reviewed: Keeping Warm on the Ice

Fishing at the best of times offers plenty of challenges, and angling on the hard water adds a whole host of new frustrations. Frozen line, iced-over guides, and fingers too numb to tie a new jig on can spoil even the best of days--and if you’ve ever sat shivering over a ten-inch hole, you know […]

Best Ice Fishing Bibs Reviewed: Staying Warm and Dry on the Ice

Keeping warm and dry on the ice is essential. While an awesome shelter and heater can help, if you’re constantly fiddling with your tip-ups, fishing in the open, or taking a long snow-machine ride to the ice, you’ll need the best bibs you can find. Even just the repetitive kneeling that ice angling demands will […]

Best Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Reviewed: The Low-Down on Tip-Ups

For most winter anglers, tip-ups are essential gear. Whether you want to cover a lot of water, try multiple baits and depths, or just increase the odds of landing fish while you jig in the comfort of an ice shanty, well-designed tip-ups are a reliable, effective fishing tool. From monster pike to plate-sized panfish, a […]

Best Portable Ice Fishing Shelters: Cold Weather Protection for 2022 At Its Finest

When you're ice fishing the right clothing is essential, of course, but so is a good shelter.  In the market but don't know where to start? Don't worry! Below, you’ll find a complete buying guide as well as reviews of the top ice fishing shelters. Best Portable Ice Fishing Shelters Image Product Features Price Our […]

Best Ice Fishing Rods: Short Rods that are Long on Performance

Not all ice fishing rods are equal, and it can be hard to know which is the best for you. In fact, as ice fishing has grown more popular, we’ve witnessed a surge in quality options, but there are plenty of duds out there, too. Keep in mind that it’s important to match your rod […]

Best Ice Fishing Gloves For 2022: Finding the Warmest Grip

One of the fastest ways to get forced off the ice is cold fingers. We can all sit through a snowstorm sipping from a mug in the shanty, but none of us last long with frozen fingers, do we? So, how do we keep our precious digits from icing over while maintaining enough dexterity to […]

Best Ice Fishing Line: Landing your Limit on the Ice

To get the most from your tackle, line choice is critical. Unfortunately, this is a complicated subject, and it’s easy to find plenty of misinformation out there. Since the wrong choice can lead to frustration, missed strikes, and broken line, we’d like to help by offering a clear, fact-backed discussion of line basics, followed by […]

Best Ice Fishing Bucket For 2022

Hard-water anglers know that a good ice fishing bucket is a staple on the ice, and whether you use it to carry pop-ups, lunch and beverages, or fish home from the hole, they need to serve a number of purposes well. Of course, a simple paint bucket with a strong lid can get the job […]

Best Hand Ice Augers: 2022 Reviews and Buying Guide

Maybe you’re just old-school, or perhaps your fishing hot spot only requires a few well-placed holes to produce. Maybe you’re on a tight budget or just looking for an ultra-light, ultra-dependable option for the hard water. As legions of anglers can attest, a hand auger makes sense for a variety of reasons, and the best […]

Best Ice Auger For Fishing: Which Auger is Hungriest for the Ice?

Drilling holes in the ice isn’t the fun part of fishing on hard water, and you want this job to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. Whether you prefer the lightweight simplicity of a good hand auger, or the unrivaled power of gasoline, choosing the best ice fishing auger for this hard work is […]

Best Drill Powered Ice Augers Reviewed In 2022

While gas-powered augers largely replaced their manual alternatives decades ago, they’re now dying a slow death due to improvements in battery tech.  Now, the right cordless drill can provide the torque and speed needed to spin an 8-inch auger, chewing dozens of holes in deep ice on a single charge. Lightweight, quiet, and emissions-free, this […]

Best Electric Ice Augers for 2022: Reviews and Buying Guide

Experienced hard-water anglers know that ice fishing can be tough work, especially when you’re drilling hole after hole for your tip-ups. And the thicker the ice, the more powerful that auger needs to be to chew through to the water below again and again.  That kind of power used to be available exclusively in heavy […]

Best Gas Powered Ice Auger - Buying Guide & Reviews For 2022

Gasoline-powered augers are old-school tech, surrendering ground to a new generation of battery-powered ice augers that provide hassle-free performance, no emissions, and no danger of spills. That doesn’t mean that gas augers are obsolete, but the reality is that there are fewer models and options available every year, with StrikeMaster dropping gas augers altogether. For […]

The Best Ice Augers Drills: 2022 Review and Buying Guide

If you’re looking for a reliable, lightweight, quiet, and indoor-approved ice auger, one option that’s increasingly common is a convertible - or drill-driven - auger. If you’re not using a snow machine or ATV to drag a sled onto the ice, you know that every pound matters, and with the right drill, a convertible auger […]

Best Propane Ice Auger: Shredding Through The Ice In 2022

Propane augers promised to revolutionize ice fishing when they first appeared, threatening to dethrone gasoline as the fuel of choice. Much of that promise has been denied due to rapid improvements in battery tech, and electric and drill-driven augers are clearly the future of hard-water angling. That doesn’t make propane a bad choice, especially if […]

Best Underwater Fishing Camera Reviewed - “Eyes-On” Angling

However awesome your flasher or fishfinder, there’s nothing like actually seeing the fish you’re after. And from species identification to indications of behavior, live video is an impressive tool to enhance your angling prowess. Indeed, plenty of hard-water anglers already know that “eyes-on” fishing will improve your success. But finding what you need isn't exactly […]

Best Ice Fishing Flashers Reviewed: Stone Cold Fish Finders

Three brands dominate the ice fishing fish finder scene : Humminbird, MarCum, and Vexilar. And if you’ve spent much time on the ice, you already know these names. But there are new players and new approaches to watching fish approach your jig, and it’s important to know how they stack up against the tried-and-true. After […]

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