Your ice fishing rods and reels are some of the most important items in your fishing equipment. The size and weight are determining factors in catching your favorite fish. Explore some of our favorite ice fishing reels, rods, and combos that will start you off on the right foot. To find the best fishing line to go with your new set-up browse here. Chris, our fishing guru and buyer, gives some great tips to get ready for ice fishing so be sure to check it out here so you've got all you need when you are out on the ice.
How to decide what ice fishing rods to buy:
What kind of fisherman are you? Do you go for the prize lake trout or do you prefer an ice chest full of panfish? Do you like to spend your time sitting in your ice fishing shelter or walking around, checking on all your rods? Is jigging an important part of your fishing routine? Your style of fishing is the main factor in what kind of ice fishing rods to buy.
If you hang out sitting in shelters then you'll want a shorter rod. Longer rods are great out in the open because they have a more sensitive tip for jigging. (We highly suggest a up Tip-up when you are jigging to save your hand from all that moving!) If you go for the smaller panfish, like perch, blue gill or crappie, you'll want a lightweight rod. Your medium action rod is best for fish like rainbow or brown trout and a great choice for beginners. When fishing for large fish like lake trout or walleye you'll want a medium heavy rod.
Choosing the best ice fishing rods can seem like a daunting task but just remember, there's no need to sweat the small stuff. Best thing you can do it to try them out and see what works best for you. Buying combos that comes with ice fishing reels and rods together is an excellent way to know your equipment will work well together!
It can seem like there are dozens of things you need for ice fishing! Don't worry. Click here to get a printable Ice Fishing Checklist of the fishing equipment you'll want with you. Basically you just need a few things to start: an Ice Skimmer, a Multitool, and a good Ice Rod Holder (trust us on this). You'll find lots of good tools and ice fishing accessories here as well, like hook removers and scale-tape measure combos. Plus, when you're an expert ice angler, you'll find excellent rod holders and tools for jigging, like Tip Ups and spring bobbers. Even a fish finder designed for arctic temperatures!
Ice Fishing is becoming more and more popular all the time. Out on the ice you will find everyone from the newbie to the seasoned pro. You'll see families spending the day together and men who want their boys' time away. Whatever reason you've got for going out, let us help you get the ice fishing equipment that will make your life easier on the ice.
Ice fishing accessories aren't like having the perfect belt or dangling earrings. When we're talking ice fishing accessories we're talking about clever inventions made by ice anglers who love the sport and have found better ways to do it. Like wire rod holders. Not only does it save your hand from having to hold your rod all day, but you can fish multiple rods at once, increasing your chances of catches and thus more fun for you! And if jigging is your preferred method of fishing, you've got to try the Tip up - Tip Down if you haven't already. With just a touch of your rod it does the jigging for you. Then there's Danielson's Worm Threader and Worm Blower. They increase your effectiveness with your live bait, making it easier to add your worm to your hook and enlarges the worm to be more enticing to the fish. These are just a few items along with many others that take some of the hassle out of fishing and make you more productive. Make sure you've got a nice ice fishing chair to take with you, 'cause you're going to want to stay for awhile!
One of the most rewarding things you can do in the winter is take your buddies ice fishing for the first time. Show them how it's done in style with Clam ice fishing shelters. Pack in your gear on your ATV with an Otter ice fishing sled and let them borrow some of your spare ice gripping treads. They'll be talking about it for weeks, and asking you when your next trip is. Don't forget to seal the deal with licorice and jerky!
As fun as ice fishing is, if you don't prepare you'll freeze your bajeebies off. It's cold out there! Whether it's time to get your first shelter or you want to upgrade the one you've got, the perfect ice fishing shelters are here waiting for you. Not only do you keep out the wind and snow but you can fish comfortably without having to be bundled up from head to toe. Clam tents are ideal if you're a family man who wants to take his family with him, or as a portable mancave when you're out with the boys.
An ice fishing sled is another item that makes ice fishing a heck-of-a-lot easier and more enjoyable. The less you have to to heft to your desired fishing spot the better off you are. We've got some great options that you can pull yourself or attach to the back of an ATV or snowmobile and have the work done for you. These are particularly great when you've got kids or older folk going with you so there is less strain on them. Now remember your ice treads to keep you sure footed on the ice and you're all set! Well, with making your trip more comfortable anyway. Check out my blog post for more tips on rods, lures, augers, and more ways to make sure you're prepared for your trip.
Augers are your key to the trout, bluegill, and bass lurking below the icy reservoir surface. A hand ice auger is a great tool to get you started. Then, once you've got ice fishing fever, upgrade to an Electric Ice Auger to take the workout out of your favorite winter hobby.
There are two basic kinds of ice augers: a hand ice auger and an electric ice auger. Often the hand ice auger is the one used by beginners because it's the most economical route for getting started and you can still get great results getting your fishing hole cut. For the more seasoned ice fishing angler, or the one who wants to spend less time preparing to fish and more time doing it, the electric ice fishing auger is for you. It's powered by battery so you can get through 3 feet of ice before your buddy eats his first stick of jerky! There hasn't really been a middle ground before now, but Clam has come out with an Auger Kit Conversion Drill Plate that turns a hand auger into a power auger, just with the power of your home electric drill. A great option for the angler who wants to upgrade his hand auger but isn't ready to make the plunge to buy an electric one. Be sure you have a good ice skimmer on hand to keep your hole clean once you cut it.