Ice Fishing World
The Hard (Water) Life
Bring fish home and make your wife and kids happy
The temperature outside has now dipped below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (that would be 0
Celsius for Canadians, parts of Scandinavia, Russia and school crossing guards near Graceland in Tennessee.)
Back in the real world, as soon as that temperature dips below that magic mark, of water freezing, you either look for your ice skates or look to take out those short rods. No matter how many cobwebs are on those rods, they need to be pulled out, because in a few weeks, if the temperature stays below that freezing mark, that water on your favorite lake will freeze over.
Some calm night...that water hits a point where the laws of thermodynamics take over and all of the sudden..no more waves. No more foam on the shore. No more pelicans, unless they are dead, of course.
The ice may be only 1/2" thick by morning. No matter. If the temperature stays low enough, you will soon
be able to venture out and drill a hole over your favorite spot on that lake.
As soon as the ice hits around 4 inches thick, you should be
able to walk on the ice. (These
recommendations are only that...recommendations...a general
'guideline', not a hard. fast rule. Ice fishing always has an
inherent danger involved, and no ice should ever be considered
'safe'. Please see our Ice Fishing Safety
page for further instructions and ideas.)
So, you've popped your first hole in the first ice of the
year...and now what? Well...that's why you are here, right?
What did you forget to do earlier? Did you bring everything
you need? If you forgot something, why did you? Aha! You forgot
something because you didn't print out our ice
checklist so you made sure you had everything you needed. I
forgot to add beer
to the checklist, though. Ok, I added it. No need for ice
Inside Ice Fishing World:
You will find information on ice fishing for the most common fish:
Ice Fishing Checklist and Equipment
Ice Fishing Rods - How to purchase the right one for you.
Ice Fishing Northern Pike
Ice Fishing for Walleye
Ice Fishing Crappie
Ice Fishing for Trout
Ice Fishing Shopping List
Ice Fishing Articles
Many of the northern states have ice fishing reports you can peruse at your leisure. Some are true. Most are just 'bragging'. Find a buddy who knows the lake well. He's the guy with frostbite on his nose. You'll know him. He smells like sipping whiskey. (You better find out what kind he likes
and buy him some!) After you've shown this fellow you can
appreciate his taste for fine sipping whiskey, he'll likely tell you what is
Now I want you to be on guard at this point. He WON'T tell
you everything, because, of course, you'll end up sitting on HIS
finest ice fishing spot. So, he'll generalize, he'll be vague,
just tip-toe around the specifics. You know that guy, don't you?
But THAT's the guy you want to get to know if you want to bring home
Or, you could hire an excellent ice fishing guide. It might
be cheaper. May I suggest Mark Bry at
Bry's guiding Service?
So, it's later in the winter, and you want to go out but you
don't know what to do? That's ok. Just start going through our
website and look over the ice fishing articles. We have tips
from professionals who make their LIVING out ice fishing.
We also started an ice fishing
shopping list with tips for each item on our
ice fishing checklist.
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