The gear and tackle that you’ll need to hit a hole in the hard water tend to be specialized for ice fishing. First, you’ll need to clear any
The gear and tackle that you’ll need to hit a hole in the hard water tend to be specialized for ice fishing. First, you’ll need to clear any snow away from the place where you plan to cut your hole. So, if there’s a good amount of snow cover, a shovel is a good idea. Then, you’ll need a way to punch a hole in the ice. Some folks simply use a chainsaw to cut an ice fishing hole, but anglers more commonly use an ice auger. You can pick up a manual auger relatively inexpensively, but power augers, like the Strikemaster Lithium 40V Ice Auger, will do the job much more quickly and efficiently. Finally, bring along an ice skimmer to keep your hole open and free of floating ice chunks.
Because there is no casting involved, ice fishing rods are shorter and more lightweight than those you would normally use for angling. In fact, a longer rod would be a disadvantage because you’d have to stand a distance back from the hole. So, a proper ice fishing rig is necessary for successful hard-water fishing. Ice changes the way light that diffuses through water, so consider using fluorocarbon line to make yourself more invisible to the fish below. Finally, you’ll want a sled to haul all you’re gear out onto the ice.