Finding thick ice is the most important component of ice fishing. 5 inches or thicker is a good rule-of-thumb to follow. Drill a test hole before heading far out from the shore. You'll need a sled full of fishing gear and a fishing license. Once you have determined that the ice is thick enough, walk out and claim your spot. Drill a small hole until you reach water and lower your line in. Now all that’s left to do is sit back and relax (and hopefully catch an awesome fish).
The best lakes for ice fishing are Devil’s Lake in North Dakota, Lake Michigan, Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, and various spots in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Traction cleats are a great way to easily walk on ice. The insulated boots provide warmth in the cold weather, while the cleats help you avoid slipping and falling. Any activity involving ice, whether it’s ice skating, ice hockey, or ice fishing, makes you susceptible to injury. Traction cleats can help avoid this and a potential injury.
Be selective when deciding to venture out. Though it does need to be cold enough for the ice to be deep enough, sometimes it might just be too cold to sit outside. North Dakota can reach temperatures as low as -60°F. On a day like that, we highly recommend staying inside with your weighted blanket and blast the heat .
THINK OF IT LIKE CAMPING
Prepare and pack like you’re going on an overnight camping trip, tent and all. The tent will add an extra level of protection from the wind, helping to keep you warm. Additional items to bring include water, food, and proper safety equipment.