Ice fishing is a great time to be had for many, and can be a lot of fun. I go ice fishing, I love it, and it is just another reason why I enjoy the great outdoors.. BUT, the way our weather pattern can go, Ice fishing can be dangerous. So caution is always the most important way to have this fun. Many mishaps and tragedies have happened on the ice. Shanties, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, ATV’s, and of course humans have all fallen through the ice .
For your safety, here are some important guidelines to keep in mind: Keep an eye on the weather for days before venturing out on the ice. Make sure there has been a long period of freezing to make sure you know that the ice is good and frozen. There are many predictions as to how thick the ice should be before going out to ice-fish. However, sometimes, even with thick ice, accidents have occurred, because the water does not always freeze as solid as other areas on the lake..
My suggestion is at least 6 inches thick, or more. I realize that this is probably too thick for a lot of ice fishers. But, having an outdoor show, and a website, it would be vary foolish of me to not say that you can never be too cautious.
Now, it is not my intention to scare people away from ice-fishing. In fact, I just want everyone to stay safe, and making everyone aware of the precautions you need to take. I ask that everyone use common logic, pay attention, and be careful. By being careful, you can turn your ice fishing into the best experience ever!
Now, for the fun! Bring along your:
Tip-ups, Auger, buckets, ice scoop, jigging poles, shanty,
Coleman stoves and cookware with plenty of food and drinks,
Warm clothing like goretex,
Ice sleds for pulling your equipment and bait. I like to use wax worms, or shiners,and Roaches most of the time. Great for Crappie,Bass,Perch,Walleye and Gills. minnows can be good for northern.
Lighting such as a lanterns, just in case you’re really enjoying yourself, and have a good time
The time spent on the ice can be a lot of fun, but learn about the area and the ice.
Pay attention to weather
Read about the ice conditions in your local area.
Check with your nearest DNR,
Look up the information on the Internet
Do what ever it takes. You can have the time of your life.
Who knows? You may catch northern, bass, perch, crappie, bluegill, and a lot of other game fish, and, then again, you may not catch anything. But, it's fun, and well worth the money you spend on the equipment and your fishing license.
Water usually freezes about 32 degrees. in most cases. Colder is even better. If there are enough cold days and or nights for several days in a few weeks or less the inland lakes should be fairly safe to venture out on. However study the surroundings. Thin Ice is unsafe. Thick Ice is usually safe. Another way to check. See how many folks may be out on the Ice. When weather is freezing it's making ice.
Have a Good Time..