Ice Fishing Essentials

Ice Fishing Essentials

For some in Ohio, winter means it is time for ice fishing. Have you contemplated it, but you were afraid to take the plunge? In Ohio, winter time is prime for catching walleye, muskellunge, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, and many more. Here are some of the things you will need to have successful ice fishing excursions.

Proper Clothing

Chances are if you love to fish and you hate ice fishing, you aren’t wearing enough layers. When you are dealing with sub-freezing temperatures for extended periods of time, layers are key. And don’t try to be one of those people who goes underdressed, saying things like “I don’t get cold.” Even if your body doesn’t properly register the temperature, the damage done by cold temperatures is still very real.

Ice Auger

An auger is the quickest and easiest way to put a hole in the ice for you to dip your line into.

Proper Levels of Gear

Are you a sit and wait it out type of fisherman, or do you prefer to hit the hot spots as they crop up? Depending on which type of fishing you do can change the gear you’ll be taking. If you will constantly be on the move, there is no reason for a shelter. You will be spending more time taking it down and putting it up than you will be fishing.

Fishing Tackle

This seems like a no-brainer, but make sure you are bringing the right lures, hooks, and other tackle for the fish you are going after.


Though anyone out on the cold waters of Ohio can use a sonar unit, those of us who like to stay on the move looking for the next target practically need one. Without it, you will be flying blind trying to find your next hotspot.