ICE FISHING CHECKLIST
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)
Needle nose pliers
Bobber stops with beads
An assortment of split-shot
Ice fishing bobbers
Fingernail clipper (to cut line)
First Aid kit
Jigs and spoons and hooks...etc.
Addt’l ice fishing equipment if going alone:
Sled for auger or vehicle if the ice is thick enough.
Small shovel-collapsable if possible
Ice picks-could be a lifesaver!
Optional Ice Fishing odds and ends:
Gaff- to remove large fish
If you take kids:
Tissues (those noses run all the time!)
Lot's of snacks
A small sled to entertain them
Preferred ice fishing equipment:
Jigs & Spoons
Ice Fishing Shelter
Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)
Camera (disposable works best)
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:
Two-way radios to talk to your buddies
Ice Fishing House
Strike sensors for tip-ups