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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing can be done on most lakes and streams around the province. Depending on ice conditions, the season generally runs from December through April. Local anglers build temporary sheds or simply drill holes and drop in a line. Just be sure to check local regulations before you head out.

Due to lower natural food production and increased fish interest in bait, ice fishing yields more whitefish and perch than in any other season. Also up for the challenge are pike, walleye, trout and burbot (ling).

Don’t wait until spring to nail that trophy walleye or trout! These ice fishing tips will help make your winter fly by in grand fishing style! Arm yourself with the knowledge to make your day a memorable one on the hard water.

There are a number of things to consider before going ice fishing. Is it early in the season or late? What species are you looking to catch? What kind of tackle and bait do you need? How are you going to stay warm?

With the weather unpredictable at times, clothing is a key element to your day on the hard water. There are easy but important strategies for dress on the ice, and some innovative clothing products to make your day more enjoyable.

Safety is always something to keep in mind, especially early and late in the season. Make sure the ice is at least 4 inches thick before you walk on it. Check the ice reports in your region before you head out, and play it smart.

An ice fishing house can really add some comfort to your day. Whether a portable shelter made of canvas or a shack with a loft and kitchen, an ice fishing house is a piece of luxury not to be overlooked!

An ice fishing shack no matter the style provides an angler with a number of luxuries. The biggest luxury is the ability to get out of the wind. While some love the comfort of the large ice fishing hut, others swear by the advantages of a portable ice fishing house. It is really up to you.

Ice fishing in Canada is a terrific way to help winter fly by. That trophy doesn’t have to wait until spring. It is just as exciting pulling it up through the ice.

The Essentials

  • Ice Fishing Rods with 8 pound test ice line
  • Bait (minnows, smelts, etc.)
  • Something to sit on
  • Tip-ups and Leaders
  • Big bait for tip-ups
  • Tackle
  • Ice Auger
  • Bucket
  • Pliers (needle nose are best)
  • Mouth spreader (incase you get a trophy pike)
  • Fishing License
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Communication device
  • Matches/lighter
  • Extra change of clothes (in the event you get wet)
  • Filleting knife

The “Nice to Have’s”

  • Power Ice Auger
  • Ice fishing shelter
  • Heater (propane)
  • Flasher depth finder
  • A compass
  • Ice Scoop
  • Hand warmers
  • Sled to drag your equipment over the ice with
  • Sunglasses (polarized)
  • Two-way radio’s
  • Ice fishing bobbers
  • Ice pick
  • Hatchet
  • Ice cleats
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Camera for the trophy fish you will catch


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