Before You Go
Before you grab your gear and head out on your ice fishing adventure, you need to know how to stay safe. Ice fishing is an enjoyable sport and as mentioned above, hundreds of thousands anglers do it safely every year. Here’s what you need to know about staying warm and dry:
Dress For Success
Nothing ruins a day of ice fishing faster than being cold. If you’ve lived in through a Minnesota winter before then you probably know how to dress for being outside in cold weather.
- A warm hat is a must – something knit or fleece that covers your ears. A hood is also helpful for blocking the wind.
- A scarf or neck gaiter for keeping your neck warm – it can also be pulled over your face if it gets windy.
- Mittens and gloves – mittens trap more heat than gloves. Make sure they’re thick and warm. Wear a thin pair of gloves underneath for tying knots or taking fish off hooks.
- Warm layers of clothing – layers of clothing trap heat next to the body. Start with long underwear next to the skin (made from silk or polypropylene) followed by an insulating layer like wool or fleece and finally a wind and waterproof outer layer. Avoid cotton.
- Socks – wear thick wool socks or two pair of thin wool socks. You can also wear a liner sock next to the skin. Avoid cotton.
- Boots – boots should be well insulated and rubber-soled. Make sure they aren’t too tight – you should have room to wiggle your toes.
Always remember, no ice is 100% safe. Although it doesn’t happen often, people can and do fall through the ice every year. Some of them do not survive. The video to the left is an excellent tutorial on what to do in the unlikely event you fall through the ice. It is worth watching whether you are new to ice fishing or have been doing it for years. The information in this video can save your life and prevent you from becoming an (avoidable) statistic.
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