Ice Fishing Tips (Canada)
Ice Fishing is a great Canadian past time enjoyed by many during the winter season. Early in the season ice fishing is enjoyed in heated ice shacks and as the season warms people are out in the open sitting in lawn chairs fishing the holes.
Ice fishing companies and those dedicated to the sport erect ice fishing huts after the waterways have frozen over. The shack is laced over a fishing hole drilled with an auger. Ice shacks vary greatly in size, amenities and comforts. Most include seating and a wood stove. The deluxe version of an ice shack may include power, beds, cooking area, stereo and lighting.
Until you try ice fishing you have no idea what a bonding session it can become. Stories are told. Laughs are had. And, depending on the company a few beers are enjoyed. Ice fishing is a great conversion inhibitor.
- when booking with fishing guides or rental companies always confirm what is included with the ice shacks.
- make sure you have a fishing license.
- do not forget to bring a chair or something to sit on.
- prepare for very cold weather and, sometimes harsh conditions.
- prepare warm liquids in a thermos.
- pack a warm hat, neck warmer (scarf), gloves and/or bella clava.
- pack an insulated jacket with a hood.
- pack good warm boots.
- wear contact lenses instead of glasses (glasses fog up).
- pack clothes that you can layer (up to 3 layers).
- tie pieces of ribbon to each zipper so you can zip with mitts on.
- bring sun glasses as it is bright when the sun reflects off the snow and ice.
- bring foot warmers.
- do not ice fish alone on unfamiliar lakes (thin ice warning)
- bring battery powered music (optional)
- bring flashlight
- bring container for fish caught