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Ice Fishing Essentials

Ice Fishing Essentials

Grab your rod, some tackle, a good fish attractant for ice fishing and head out to the lake. Yes, there's no pastime in the cold, winter months that's quite as enjoyable as ice fishing. And whether you're new to the sport or just need a refresher as a new ice fishing season begins, you should know that the supplies required for a successful excursion are quite a bit different than what you'd need for a day on the open water. In this post, we'll cover some of the essentials you'll want to ensure you have on hand before heading out onto the ice. Here's a closer look:

Fish Attractant for Ice Fishing (and Other Ice Fishing Essentials)

You've got your ice fishing rod and you've identified your spot, now it's time to gather your supplies and head out for a day on the lake. Here's a look at the items you'll want to bring with you:

An Auger

You're going to have a hard time making a hole in the ice to drop a line into if you don't have an auger with you. If you're not afraid of rolling up your sleeves and putting in the work yourself, you should be fine with a manual auger. Gas-powered and electric augers are also available if you want to save your energy for fishing or just want to ensure the process is easier.

A Sled

You're going to need a decent amount of equipment for your day on the ice. And unlike fishing on the water, you can't just load it into your boat. That's where a sled or toboggan can come in handy. You can load your gear and tackle onto it and pull it across the ice. It sure does beat making multiple trips out to your fishing hole.

Bait and Fish Attractant

Whether you're on the water or on the ice, you need bait to catch the fish's attention. And while lures and live bait are important, an ideal way to increase your chances of angling a keeper is dropping a fish attractant into the water as well. Fish attractant for ice fishing, such as those offered by BaitCloud, attracts fish by producing bubbles and giving off an attractive scent, bringing more fish into your area to increase your chances of angling them in. Fish attractant is a great complement to the bait you are fishing with.

Basic Tackle

Just as you don't want to be on the boat without the right supplies, you don't want to be on the ice without them too. That's why we always suggest making sure your tackle box is packed with extra line, hooks, jigs and line weights.


Finally, you can't forget about shelter from the elements. After all, you're on a bunch of frozen water. In order for water to become ice, it has to freeze. If a shanty isn't available for use, make sure you have a chair, some type of shelter and are layered up with your clothing.


Stay off of any ice that is 3 inches or less thick. Remember that a minimum of 4 inches of clear, solid ice is a requirement to support an average person's weight.

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