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Minimum to take if you are just 'tagging along':

Fishing rods-with large guides, a sensitive tip, with some 'backbone'.
Reels- Micro-spinning reel
Line- 4-8 lb test ice-line
Bait: crappie minnows, wax worms, fatheads, etc...
A 5 gallon bucket (to sit on)
Hand warmers
Needle nose pliers
Fishing License
Proper Identification
A compass
Bobber stops with beads
An assortment of split-shot
Ice fishing bobbers
Fingernail clipper (to cut line)
Ice scoop
First Aid kit
Jigs and spoons and hooks...etc.

Addt’l ice fishing equipment if going alone:

Ice auger
Sled for auger or vehicle if the ice is thick enough.
Mouth spreader
Hook sharpener
Bait bucket
Small shovel-collapsable if possible
Ice picks-could be a lifesaver!

Optional Ice Fishing odds and ends:

Hand Towel
Gaff- to remove large fish

If you take kids:

Extra gloves
Tissues (those noses run all the time!)
Lot's of snacks
A small sled to entertain them

Preferred ice fishing equipment:

Jigs & Spoons
Vexilar/Fish Finder
Ice Fishing Shelter
Propane heater
Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)
Camera (disposable works best)
Ice cleats
Ice Anchoring System
Small flashlight. (I prefer one that you wear)
Matches or Lighter (for propane heater)
Tip-ups-preferably the freeze-free type
Leaders for tip-ups
Quickstrike rigs for tip-ups
Bait for tip-ups-herring, smelt sardines, etc.
"Glow-buster" glo-jig light.

Luxury Ice Fishing Equipment:

Underwater camera
Two-way radios to talk to your buddies
Ice Fishing House
Strike sensors for tip-ups


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