Tips for Better and Safer Ice Fishing

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If you own or are considering the purchase of a quality ice house fishing trailer, like one from Glacier Ice House, you more than likely have the intent to go out ice fishing this winter. Whether you're an ice fishing novice or master, these tips can help you find more success and stay safe while you're out on the ice this winter.

Ice Fishing Tips

The Movement of Fish

One of the most important parts of ice fishing is understanding where fish will be and when. In shallow lakes, fish tend to move shallower later in the season. In larger, deeper lakes, fish migrate to where food and cover can be found. They tend to stay deeper where the water is warmer. Fish become less active in the heart of winter, which means they're easier to catch when they're moving at the beginning and end of the season.

Start with Smaller Lakes

Starting with smaller lakes at the beginning of season will help you fish more often, and ultimately become a better ice fisherman. Smaller lakes freeze more quickly, which means you can be on the ice earlier in winter.

Later in the season, move to the larger lakes, which have more oxygen. Fish are more active there. 

Use Live Bait

Live bait is an essential part of ice fishing. Whether you're dead sticking, using a bobber, or jigging, live bait is the most effective way to fish. Start by jigging larger lures roughly a foot above the bottom to catch the more aggressive fish. If the fish can be seen but not caught, opt for a smaller jig. 

Always Practice Safety on the Ice

Safety is paramount when it comes to ice fishing. The biggest safety concern is the integrity of the ice beneath you. When you arrive at a fishing location, be sure to contact or visit a local bait shop to ask what they know about the area's ice conditions.

Regardless of the information you receive from the locals, make sure that you verify the thickness for yourself once you get there. Check the thickness at least every 150 feet you travel from the last point you checked.

There are various tools you can use to make a measuring hole: your basic ice chisel, an ice auger (either hand, electric, or gas), or a cordless power drill. Once you've penetrated the ice, extend a tape measure into the water and hook the end on the bottom of the ice layer.

For an ice house, make sure that you're on ice that's at least a foot thick, though more than that is better, especially if you're in a larger ice house.

When finding a spot to place your ice house, make sure that you're at least 50 feet away from any neighboring ice fishers.

Ice Fish Better in a Glacier Ice House

Glacier Ice Houses are available at many dealerships across the country, with locations that include Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and New York. Find your nearest Glacier Ice House dealer and tour one of our models today. Enjoy the comfort, convenience, and coziness of a home on the ice.