Best Ice Fishing Gear

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When the temperatures begin to fall and the water on the lakes begin to freeze over, its time to turn your thoughts to ice fishing. Ice anglers know the perfect way to spend the day. Find the perfect spot on a scenic lake, auger holes, set up ice shelters, positioning tip-ups, all while trying to catch the elusive prey swimming in the cold waters beneath your feet.

You may encounter freezing temperatures, thin ice, non-stop wind, blinding blizzards, and stunning winter scenery as you participate in this activity that gets its hooks in you and won’t let go.

This list of the best ice fishing gear promises to make your time on the ice more comfortable, safer and successful. Buy them for yourself or give as gift to your favorite ice fisherman.

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Best Ice Fishing Gear


Eskimo FatFish Portable Ice Fishing Shelter

Eskimo is all about one thing: the ice angler. Since 1960 they have been designing innovative products that help anglers to enjoy their time on the ice—and help them catch more fish.

  • Pop-up design
  • The unique flared, wide-bottom offers significantly more fishable area than other shelters.
  • Made of 600 Denier material is tough and durable
  • Insulated quilted fabric is 35% warmer than a non-insulated shelter.
  • All-metal ball-and-socket design as well as larger fiberglass poles allows shelter to be set up in seconds.
  • Fits into an oversized cinch duffle bag that can easily be carried on your back.
  • Mesh Storage Pockets keeps your essential fishing gear handy & organized
  • Removable hook and loop window panels.
  • Self-tapping ice anchors won’t bend under pressure.
  • Available size shelters: 3-4 people / 5-7 people /7-9 people

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Tailored Tackle Ice Fishing Rod Reel Combo

Ed Hitchcock founded Tailored Tackle in 2016 with a mission to make a better experience for new anglers. Their goal is to sell you high quality products AND teach you how to best use those tools to be successful on the ice.

  • 28″ Ice Fishing Rod
  • Medium Light Power Rating
  • Line Rating of 3-6 lbs
  • Extra Fast Rod Action for indicating extremely sensitive bites
  • Multispecies rod is designed for Walleye, Perch, Trout and Panfish like Crappie, Bluegill and Sunfish
  • Size 20 Ice Fishing Reel 5 Ball-Bearings – a – 5.2:1 Gear Ratio – Ice Smooth Reel Drag with Soft Touch Knob
  • Line Capacity: 2lb / 200 yds – 4lb / 100yds – 6lb / 80 yds
  • Cork Handle offers a comfortable, Ergonomic Grip
  • Carbon Fiber Rod Blank and Base for strength and durability
  • 14 page Learn How to Ice Fish book
  • Designed by fishing guides and experts for pros and beginners

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Beaver Dam Ice Fishing Rail Tip-Up

Since 1970, Beaver Dam has been one of the most trusted name in ice fishing and a leader in the industry. Hailing from Wisconsin more than 50 years ago, their original fish-catching design still leads the pack.

  • The original, legendary tip-up that revolutionized ice fishing!
  • Handmade and crafted on a custom finished board for smooth, trouble-free operation no matter the conditions.
  • Innovative underwater-spool design is freeze-proof and wind
  • Seamless steel tube is filled with a freeze proof lubricant for fail-safe operation. Aluminum tube bearings deliver smooth action. The spinner trigger has tapered and straight trips for a wide range of baits. When the heavy-duty spring is released, the fabric flag stands at 17.5″ for easy visibility.
  • Windproof, rod-cradle design ensures strike-signaling consistency and features an anti-wind slot for breezy days
  • .Original Dam tip-ups made more than 50 years ago are still in service today!
  • Spool capacity:150 ft of line
  • Clear coat wood finish
  • American owned and operated.

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Glacier Glove ICE BAY Fishing Glove

Whether you are ice fishing, hunting or installing chains, these cold weather gloves are designed to keep your hands warm. They are always up for the challenge and deliver on the promise to keep your hands warm, dry and comfortable.

  • 100% waterproof gloves
  • 2MM fleece-lined Neoprene gloves keep hands warm and dry
  • Seamless palm design
  • Blind stitched & glued for long-lasting durability
  • Sharkskin texture offers lots of gripping power
  • Ideal for extreme cold weather activities
  • Popular all-purpose design that never goes out of fashion

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Eskimo Quantum Auger

Eskimo has been building power ice augers since 1960 and they know what works and what doesn’t. Don’t leave the most important tool of ice fishing to just anybody, make sure you’re carrying one that will get the job done.

  • 33CC Viper 2-cycle engine is ideal for auguring cold conditions
  • Centering point is ideal for re-drilling holes or on uneven ice
  • Stainless steel blades are long-lasting even in dirty ice
  • Included blade protector extend the life of your blades
  • All-metal transmission offers optimum gearing
  • Precise power control with the throttle trigger
  • Oversized, foam-covered steel handlebars absorb vibration and makes it easy to operate even with gloves on
  • Engine options available from 33cc up to 71cc
  • Smooth and fast cutting.
  • 5-year warranty

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Kamik Canuck Cold Weather Boot

Kamik knows cold, with more than 120 years of experience and four generations of dedication, they have been setting the industry-standard for cold weather footwear that keeps you warm and comfortable no matter the terrain and temperature.

  • Knee-high winter boot is awesome for extreme cold conditions and the harshest winter storms
  • Constructed with 1000 Denier waterproof nylon and features a rubber shell at foot
  • Adjustable bungee cord and lace lock at ankle and opening for a custom, secure fit
  • Removable 8mm Zylex liner keeps feet warm to -40F
  • Slip-resistant tread
  • Adjustable snow collar keeps snow and moisture out
  • Waterproof bottoms keep your feet dry
  • Lightweight RubberHe outsoles are designed for top-notch traction.
  • Made in USA
  • Waterproof seams sealed
  • Made to the highest standards, using domestic and imported materials.
  • Traditional D-Ring laces.

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Tailored Tackle Ice Fishing Jigs and Lures Kit

The dizzying array of jigs, lures, spoons and other tackle that is available for ice fishing can be overwhelming. Tailored Tackle takes the worry out of deciding what is the right lure to use while ice fishing and explains why these lures work. Take the guesswork out of ice fishing.

  • Contains all the tackle you need for a successful day on the ice
  • Ice Jig Heads in 1/32 – 1/16 – 1/12 – 1/8 Oz hand painted with ice bright colors of Perch Tiger – Chartreuse Glow – Orange Tiger – Gold – Black and More
  • Four (4) jigging lures and spoons – Ripping Rattle Minnow – Curved Flutter Spoon – Perch Jigging Spoon with Dropper Chain – to catch Walleye, Trout and Perch
  • Twenty (20) soft plastic micro jigs for Panfish – 1/2″ Spike Larvae Blood Red & 1.5″ Wax Tail Chartreuse scented with anise and proven to catch panfish like Bluegill, Crappie, Perch and More
  • Thirty nine (39) terminal tackle – 15 Red Octopus Hooks – 2 Red Treble Hooks – 9 Splits – 5 Duolock Snaps – Slip Bobber Float Rig + 6 Ties
  • 26 page ice fishing book written by ice fishing experts with step by step instruction to catch Walleye, Trout, Perch, Crappie, Bluegill, Panfish and Northern Pike through the Ice.
  • Ice fishing tackle in the right sizes, styles and colors

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Eskimo Men’s Roughneck Bibs

Looking for heavy-duty, durable, weather busting bibs that can get you through the most ferocious of storms? Look no further than these Roughneck Bibs for a great day on the ice no matter the conditions.

  • 100% 600 Denier DuraDry polyester fabric is tough, durable, windproof and breathable
  • Features Up-Lyft breathable flotation assistance
  • Reinforced contoured padded knees
  • Wind, rain, snow, and ice proof
  • Fully-taped seams for complete waterproof protection.
  • Sherpa fleece-lining for comfort, warmth and softness
  • Adjustable, no-slip shoulder straps
  • Diamond-shaped crotch gusset
  • Full leg zippers with storm flaps
  • Easy on/off and venting at the hip.
  • Cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand and secure
  • Reflective accents offers additional visibility in low light
  • Long lasting YKK zippers
  • Machine washable means easy care

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Lowrance HOOK² All-Season Fish Finder

The world’s easiest, most intuitive fish finder to use. Set yourself up for a successful day on the ice or give as a gift to your favorite ice fisherman to make his (or her) winter the best it can be!

  • Features proven broadband Sounder
  • High-resolution, solarmax display
  • Auto-tuning sonar
  • Wide-angle CHIRP sonar coverage is double the size of most fish finders
  • Broadband sounder, high CHIRP, sides can and Down Scan imaging sonar options
  • Available in five screen sizes: 4″/ 5″/ 7″/ 9″ / 12″, choose the perfect size for you
  • Available with a basic GPS plotter or as a sonar-only model.
  • Intuitive, easy-to-understand menus
  • Sides can and Down Scan Imaging.
  • Includes two (2) transducers
  • Includes battery charger to last longer
  • Carrying case is included to make transporting your fish-finder a breeze

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Frabill Retractable Ice Picks

Nothing is more scary than falling through the ice, Keep your favorite ice fisherman safe this season with these Fabrill retractable ice picks. Truly a life-saver in the case of an emergency. Trusted by ice anglers since 1938.

  • A must-have piece of safety equipment for ice fishing
  • Ice picks help you climb out if you fall through the ice
  • Designed to be worn | Simply hold one handle in each hand then put on your jacket or coat | Ice Picks will stay at the base of your sleeve to be easily within reach in the event of an emergency
  • Retractable guard on each pick
  • Cord stretches an impressive 72 inches
  • Perfect for emergency situations
  • The perfect gift, as you hope you never need to use them but a life saver if you do

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Comments

We hope you found this article about the best ice fishing gear helpful. Please let us know what is YOUR one favorite, must-have, can’t do without piece of equipment for ice fishing? Do you agree with this list or have we left something off that you feel is vital? What’s your favorite tip for a day on the ice? We would love to hear your thoughts, stories and comments about your adventures ice fishing.



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