Just imagine heading out onto a solid frozen lake in the middle of winter for some ice fishing adventures. Although the first things you may think to bring are a warm coat, your fishing pole and something to cut the ice with, there are other must-have tools that make ice fishing that much more comfortable and convenient.
These ice fishing necessities also can greatly increase the chances of you catching a fish to enjoy in the cold winter months.
Although there are plenty of different tools and pieces of equipment you could bring out ice fishing with you, there are three main ones that everyone must bring or risk total fishing failure or actual danger.
1 – Ice auger, drill or other hole-creating tool. Ice fishing is impossible if you do not have a hole through the ice where you can drop your line and bait and also pull the fish back up through. An auger does the best job because it creates a smooth round hole rather than a jagged one that may contribute to cracks.
2 – A 5 gallon bucket is considered a must-have ice fishing piece of gear because it has multiple great uses. First, you can carry all your bait and gear inside when you are heading out onto the ice. Next, you can flip it upside down and sit on it relatively comfortably while you wait for a fish to bite.
3 – Since ice fishing is of course done in the extreme cold, it is also important to have a slush dipper or large ladle to remove the re-freezing water from the hole. Never try to do this without a long-handled tool or you will risk getting frozen fingers.