Ice Fishing

A fun winter sport for die-hard anglers

Cold weather, snow and ice don’t need to stop you from reeling in your favorite catch. The long winter months can prove to be some of the best fishing of the year! Beginners to hardwater pros alike can learn something new in our essential ice fishing guides, reviews, and more. 

Ice Fishing Gear

Hardwater gear needs and must-haves

Unlike summer time fishing when the water is in liquid form, ice fishing requires specialized equipment. You’ll need augers to break through the ice, fish finders to locate fish when you can’t visibly see them and even gear to keep you warm and protected from the winter weather elements. Check out our gear lists, reviews and other articles to keep you informed on what should be on your ice fishing “essentials” list.

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Ice Fishing Gear

Fishing Coolers: Keep your Catch Nice & Frosty!

A key component to any good fishing trip is a good fishing cooler. When you’ve invested hard earned money in …

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Cold Weather Fishing Bibs

Fishing in cold, wet, and windy weather is no joke. The wrong gear can leave you cold, soaked, shivering, and …

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Ice Fishing Cleats: Stay Upright on the Hardwater!

While they might not be the flashiest piece of gear in your ice fishing arsenal, a good pair of ice …

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Check out all our articles on the ice fishing gear you need for a great season.

Ice Fishing Guides

Ice fishing fundamentals

Learn how to make your ice fishing adventures safe, fun and successful! Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, a fan of tip-ups or using your rod and reel, learn the particulars about topics that every ice angler should know.

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Ice Fishing Guides

Ice Fishing 101: From Beginner Basics to Hard Water Pro

I love ice fishing, and I love sharing about it. However, it’s not something to do without knowledge and preparation.  …

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How To Use an Ice Fishing Slush Bucket

Ice fishing is a hobby, sport, and skill that many people enjoy when their local lakes freeze over. From a …

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How Cold Is Too Cold For Ice Fishing?

If you love fishing and don’t mind colder temperatures, ice fishing might be the sport for you. There is a …

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How To Make Perfect Ice Fishing Knots

Ice fishing is an enjoyable and intricate activity that requires expertise and patience. You’ll also need some pretty strong knots …

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Get Equipped for the Ultimate Ice Fishing ATV Setup

One of the best uses for an ATV is ice fishing. But, you cannot just hop on and expect to …

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The Basics of Ice Fishing Holes For New Hardwater Anglers 

Many new ice anglers do not realize it, but ice fishing holes are the most important aspect of ice fishing. …

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The Best Ice Fishing for Crappies Tips You Need This Winter

Anglers perceive winter fishing for crappie as hit or miss, but ice fishing for crappie does not have to be …

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How To Keep Ice Fishing Holes From Freezing

Ice fishing can be a fun way to pass the time in winter, but one question just about every ice …

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Tip Ups Ice Fishing Guide: Rigging, Tips, Techniques & More

Tips up get a bad rap from some ice anglers – after all how hard can it be to sit …

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Benefits of Ice Fishing: 9 Surprising Reasons to Fish on the Hard Water

Ice fishing benefits? To many people, ice fishing conjures up images of some poor half-frozen sap sitting on an old …

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Lures & Bait

Drop the best bait!

Ice fishing lures and bait have an extensive range. From jigs to minnows, what you choose for the end of your line determines what you’ll reel in. View comparison guides, hands-on reviews, and which lure or bait is best for each species of fresh, hardwater fish.

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Ice Fishing Lures for Perch

Perch are some of the most sought after fish by ice fishermen – and for good reason. These brightly colored …

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What to Know About Ice Fishing with Flies

When I first started ice fishing, I was discouraged by how few fish I caught. After reading more about ice …

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What Are Spikes for Ice Fishing?

I used to fish with wax worms. They’re cheap, can be frozen, and allowed me to catch a wide variety …

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Ice Fishing Lures for Lake Trout

Lake trout – they’re big, bad, and put up a thrilling fight – but they can be a little finicky …

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Ice Fishing Lures for Pike: Nab a Monster Northern

When it comes to ice fishing, few things are more exhilarating than wrangling a monster northern through the ice. Pike …

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Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye: Spoons, Jigs, Swimming Lures & More

Walleye are one of the most sought after species both on and off the hardwater. Catching them in the winter …

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Ice Fishing Safety

Stay safe on the ice!

Like any sport, ice fishing has its own set of hazards. Preventing injury or disaster out on the ice is a critical element to the sport. Learn how to understand and respect ice thickness to knowing what to do when an emergency strikes.

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How Dangerous is Ice Fishing? Ice Fishing Safety Explained

Safety should always be your number one priority whenever you’re heading out on the ice. This is especially true in …

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