I love to go ice fishing, but I’ve never really been digging into all the details about it until now, I have been researching to get the best information possible to share, and this is what I have found.

The recommended minimum thickness to walk on ice is 4 inches thick.

Some people gamble and go out ice fishing when it’s only 2 inches thick, do not do that! It’s not worth breaking the ice and risks your life, wait a thew more weeks instead and check the ice again and see if it’s thicker.

You can usually start to go ice fishing in November-December in most parts of the USA, and Cannada. The season usually lasts until March-April, when the ice starts to get below 4 inches again.

4 inches is enough to hold a human, but what about vehicles? Is ice fishing safe for kids? and what gear do you require to have to go ice fishing?

These are some of the things that I will cover if you continue to read the post.

Go Ice Fishing

When can you start to go ice fishing?

You can start to go to your lake that you want to try ice fishing in the middle of October and start to measure the thickness of the ice so you can see when it starts to be able to hold a human.

There are some different ways that you can check how thick the ice is, here are some of the easiest ways.

1.Cordless drill and a tape measure.
Grab a cordless drill with you and go onto the ice and drill a hole throe the ice with the drill. When you have yourself a hole then just put the measuring tape through the hole and hook the end of the tape on the underside of the ice and just see what the tape says.

2.Ice Chisel
Grab yourself a long chisel, or attach the chisel to a metal rod and stab through the ice until you are all the way through. When you have yourself a hole then just take your measuring tape and confirm the thickness of the ice.

3.Chainsaw
Grab your chainsaw and go out on the ice and cut a 12 by 12-inch square into the ice. When the block of ice begins to float you can simply tilt or lift it and measure the ice with whatever you prefer. When you are done, make sure that the square of ice goes back in the hole to refreeze, and add a stock to flag the hole in the ice.

4.Hatchet
Swing the sharp side of your hatchet or small axe hard into the ice until you make a hole big enough to fit your measuring tape. Then you can just easily insert it in the hole of the ice and measure the thickness.

Just be patient and as soon as the ice reaches a thickness of 4 inches you are good to go.

I love to go ice fishing, but I’ve never really been digging into all the details about it until now, I have been researching to get the best information possible to share, and this is what I have found.

The recommended minimum thickness to walk on ice is 4 inches thick.

Some people gamble and go out ice fishing when it’s only 2 inches thick, do not do that! It’s not worth breaking the ice and risks your life, wait a thew more weeks instead and check the ice again and see if it’s thicker.

You can usually start to go ice fishing in November-December in most parts of the USA, and Cannada. The season usually lasts until March-April, when the ice starts to get below 4 inches again.

4 inches is enough to hold a human, but what about vehicles? Is ice fishing safe for kids? and what gear do you require to have to go ice fishing?

These are some of the things that I will cover if you continue to read the post.

Go Ice Fishing

When can you start to go ice fishing?

You can start to go to your lake that you want to try ice fishing in the middle of October and start to measure the thickness of the ice so you can see when it starts to be able to hold a human.

There are some different ways that you can check how thick the ice is, here are some of the easiest ways.

1.Cordless drill and a tape measure.

Grab a cordless drill with you and go onto the ice and drill a hole throe the ice with the drill. When you have yourself a hole then just put the measuring tape through the hole and hook the end of the tape on the underside of the ice and just see what the tape says.

2.Ice Chisel

Grab yourself a long chisel, or attach the chisel to a metal rod and stab through the ice until you are all the way through. When you have yourself a hole then just take your measuring tape and confirm the thickness of the ice.

3.Chainsaw

Grab your chainsaw and go out on the ice and cut a 12 by 12-inch square into the ice. When the block of ice begins to float you can simply tilt or lift it and measure the ice with whatever you prefer. When you are done, make sure that the square of ice goes back in the hole to refreeze, and add a stock to flag the hole in the ice.

4.Hatchet

Swing the sharp side of your hatchet or small axe hard into the ice until you make a hole big enough to fit your measuring tape. Then you can just easily insert it in the hole of the ice and measure the thickness.

Just be patient and as soon as the ice reaches a thickness of 4 inches you are good to go.

Is Ice Fishing Safe For Kids?

Yes, ice fishing with your kids is completely safe if you know what you are doing, and if you don’t take any chances. First of all the most important thing, you should think of is to make sure that the ice is over 4 inches thick, make sure that you measure the ice yourself, and that you dont listen to someone else’s recommendations. If it is below that you should defiantly not take your kids out into the ice. Just wait a thew week and check the ice again.

Fishing with kids can be rewarding for both them and for you as well. Usually, it is more exciting when they finally get a hook up than if you would get one yourself.

Warm Clothes

If you are planning to head out with your kids to go ice fishing then warm clothes from the beginning is a must. It’s better to be too hot than too cold, get some good quality clothes and shoes that last well in the cold snow. It’s not enjoyable at all if you are out for a couple of hours and freezing the entire time, then it’s going to be hard to get them to fish again.

Bring a lot of snacks for them to keep them busy if there are any longer moments of boredom with no catches.

At what age can you start to go ice fishing?

Kids can start to go ice fishing with you at almost any age, although they usually learn best if they are at least 4 years old. 

You can decide if you can take your kids out ice fishing depending on a thew different factors. How well is your ability to look over your kids while you still are fishing, and how well do they understand the risks and possibilities of the danger of fishing?

How Do You Watch Your Kids While Ice Fishing?

When you are fishing with your kids you must always have them under your watch, they aren’t always aware of all the risks out on the ice. 

Here are some tips that you can think about when you take your kids out ice fishing next time.

Always make sure that you are just a arms reach away from your kid, and never let them out of your sight. Don’t get yourself distracted if you get a bite on your hook, just calmly reel it up and still have control over the situation. Try to involve the kids as much as possible in the fishing to get them to feel like they are giving a helping hand and keep them from getting bored and running away.

It’s always good to learn CPR just in case something happens, not only when you are going ice fishing.

How cold does it have to be to ice fish?

When you are going ice fishing and it’s really hot outside at the end of the fishing season and it’s just 4 (10cm) inches thick, you might want to reconsider the strength of the ice.

You also don’t want it to be too cold outside as well, if you make a hole in the ice and it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (6-7-°C), it’s almost impossible to keep the hole from freezing up again.

Ice thickness required for humans, snowmobile, car, and vans

For humans, the thickness of the ice has to be 4 inches to be safe to walk on, but if you want to take your ATV or snowmobile with you it has to be much thicker than that to be safe.

Never go ice fishing alone, bringing a fellow friend with you could make the difference in life or death in this instance, especially if you bring a vehicle, there is always more risk with more weight on the ice. Hypothermia can set in within just minutes of falling into 32-degree water and can kill you very quickly.

When you are going out with a vehicle on the ice always remember to take some safety equipment with you. Such as ice picks, ice staff, rope, cellphones.

For ATVs and snowmobiles, the recommended ice thickness is 6 inches (15cm), and for a regular car, the ice thickness needs to be at least 8 inches (20cm), to drive safely.

what gear and clothes do you need to go ice fishing?

It might seem at first that you need all kinds of expensive types of equipment to start ice fishing, but that is not true at all.

All you need to go ice fishing is something to make a hole in the ice with to fish in and to confirm the ice thickness, some cheap ice fishing rods, and some baits or lures. Of course, you must also have some good shoes and warm and windproof clothes with you, sitting still in the freezing snow is going to be cold. 

Ice Fishing Rods

So ice fishing is a budget-friendly activity, but when you are a little more in the game it could be nice to upgrade your gear some. A specialized ice fishing rod has many advantages compared to the cheap ones.

Ice fishing rods are very short so it can be hard to detect when something is biting your lure. If you have a bit more expensive fishing rod it’s going to be much more sensitive, and easier to detect this through the ice so you won’t lose any chances to catch a fish. These short rods are also very sensitive at the tip so a better quality rod will also hold much better if you land a big fish. So remember to fight the fish slowly since you are using very light gear it can be easy to break. If you want to buy a rod/reel combo it will cost you anywhere from 15$ and up past 100$ if you want some more good quality gear.

Baits that are good for ice fishing

Some good lures that you can use while ice fishing is jigs, they are one of the most popular lures for sure. Try both bigger and smaller jigs and in all different types of colors to see what works best at your location.

If you want to try out live bait then you can fish with wax worms, maggots, spikes, wigglers, or minnows, there are also some artificial alternatives.

Just simply let your bait sit, or wiggle it up and down to try and attract the fish to take a bite.

Where Should You Be Ice Fishing?

So now you have all the knowledge of what gear you should have and know about all the risks and what to do and not what to do.

So where should you go and ice fish?

For most parts, ice fishing will be happening in still bodies of water like lakes, ponds, or reservoirs. If you have the opportunity it’s best to fish in a lake that you are familiar with and fish in at the summer as well, then you know what types of fish you can expect and what kind of lures that you will use.

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