Ice Fishing

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Tickle Stick Ice Rod
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$50.00
Detect ascending and descending strikes to levels never before possible with current ice fishing technology.
FreeFall Ghost Inline Ice Fishing Reel
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$75.00
Easy one-handed operation, smooth drag, and the perfect all-around gear ratio for shallow to mid-depth (5-50 ft.) ice fishing.
Omen Ice Rod
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$50.00
This series comes equipped to handle anything from panfish to the burliest lakers, gnarly pike, and wily old walleye.
FreeFall Carbon Inline Ice Fishing Reel
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13 Fishing
$110.00
The revolutionary FreeFall trigger allows hard water anglers to use their flasher, hit specific depths, and get instant hookups by releasing the trigger in the target zone.

Getting Started

5 Steps to Being Totally Prepared for Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

5 Steps to Being Totally Prepared for Ice Fishing

We’ve all seen that guy at the boat launch floating away from the dock with a dead starter battery. The same scenario plays out in a different way when it comes to ice prep—maybe it’s a dead snowmobile or an auger that just won’t start or fishing line that’s seen too much UV. Most of us pile our ice...
Ross Robertson Dec 21, 2021
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Video: How to Choose Ice Fishing Bait

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Video: How to Choose Ice Fishing Bait

The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. Bait selection for ice fishing can be as simple or complex as you want it to be—but you should want it to be complex. When it comes to fishing (like so many other pursuits), the more thought and effort you put in, the greater reward you...
Sam Lungren Nov 27, 2020
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Hardwater Exposure: A Beginner’s Look at Ice Fishing

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Hardwater Exposure: A Beginner’s Look at Ice Fishing

The four-wheeler groaned and plowed, tossing snow into the air as we hauled into the enveloping dawn fog. The skin on my face and ears screamed during the ride across the lake, nerves lighting up the registry of pain. I’ve felt this pain before, working cattle in blowing Kansas snowstorms on the...
Morgan Mason Mar 14, 2019
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Ice Fishing 101: Hardwater Basics

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Ice Fishing 101: Hardwater Basics

This time of year can be a tough stretch for hunters and anglers in northern states. Big game seasons are over, small game and waterfowl seasons are winding down, and we’re months away from gobbling turkeys and open water fishing. Spanning this stretch of the coldest, darkest months is ice fishing...
Brody Henderson Jan 25, 2019
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Ice Fishing Gear

Video: How to Trick Out Your Ice Fishing Sled

Ice Fishing

Video: How to Trick Out Your Ice Fishing Sled

The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. I’ve lost or broken a ton of ice fishing gear, either dragging my sled to the lake or pulling it behind a snow machine or Can-Am way out across uneven ice. The mix of heavy and/or sharp equipment with fragile rods and electronics is...
Sam Lungren Dec 4, 2020
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Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

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Is Technology Helping Ice Anglers Catch More Fish?

My pearl white tube jig spiraled into the black abyss as I leaned over to turn on my flasher. The quiet hum of braided line free-spooling from my reel was quickly overtaken by the buzz emitted by the sonar. Or, maybe it was merely the audible buzz of my own excitement—the first drop of the morning...
Stephen Klobucar Feb 11, 2021
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Video: How to Sharpen Ice Auger Blades

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Video: How to Sharpen Ice Auger Blades

The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. One of my favorite elements of ice fishing is prospecting around with a sled in tow, trying to find fish, generally turning the surface of a frozen lake into Swiss cheese. Punch a hole, drop the sonar transducer, drop the jig, jig the...
Sam Lungren Nov 25, 2020
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10 Tools For Staying Alive while Ice Fishing

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10 Tools For Staying Alive while Ice Fishing

When I was a kid learning to ice fish with my friends, it simply wasn't cool to talk about safety. We all wanted to be tough and unafraid while doing an admittedly dangerous activity. In the years since then, however, I've seen and heard about far too many deaths and near-death experiences to be...
Ross Robertson Dec 13, 2021
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Five Easy DIY Ice Fishing Projects Your Gear Needs

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Five Easy DIY Ice Fishing Projects Your Gear Needs

Ice fishing materials and equipment are light years ahead of where they were a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s a commercially available solution for every gear need. Plus, ice fishing enjoys a long tradition of tinkering and build-it-yourself contraptions like tip-ups and shanties. There’s...
Ross Robertson Jan 8, 2020
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Video: How to Repair a Broken Ice Fishing Shelter Pole

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Video: How to Repair a Broken Ice Fishing Shelter Pole

The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. January and February are not known for providing balmy weather to the northern parts of the country. Ice fishing certainly leans into that fact, and a good-quality pop-up shelter is pretty much mandatory for any halfway serious ice...
Sam Lungren Dec 10, 2020
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Ice Fishing Tactics & Techniques

5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

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5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

I recently jumped in the truck and drove 31 hours to fish a body of water I’d never seen before. As a full-time professional angler and guide for more than two decades, I’ve been able to travel and film fishing in some amazing destinations. In many of those cases I was fishing with a local who...
Ross Robertson Mar 1, 2021
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Best Baits for Ice Fishing Pike

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Best Baits for Ice Fishing Pike

It was early March when pike patrol the shallows in pre-spawn mode. I was guiding seven anglers, several of whom had never fished before. I chose a shallow, weedy bay and spread my tip-ups to cover prime territory. I tipped my 3/0 red octopus-style hooks with lively golden shiners, 4 to 6 inches...
Ryan Brod Mar 4, 2021
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3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

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3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

Browsing through online tackle store pages or the aisles of your local tackle shop can be overwhelming. Everything looks good, yet many rigs are what my good friend calls “broken clock” lures—tackle that only works twice a day. When choosing ice fishing rigs for walleye, thinking quality over...
Ross Robertson Jan 22, 2021
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5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

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5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

If there’s one thing anglers can agree on, it’s that finding walleye is a challenge. And, even when you do find them, catching is no gimme. Since walleye are less aggressive in winter, they typically take their time inspecting lures. Much like a good baseball pitcher, a quality walleye angler needs...
Ross Robertson Feb 15, 2021
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4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

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4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

On a recent remote ice fishing adventure, out of the seven friends in attendance, MeatEater Production Assistant Chester Floyd  caught more than half of the fish. On nearly every ice excursion I’ve ever joined, I’ve seen similar trends play out: one guy is filling the bucket while the others are...
Sam Lungren Jan 26, 2021
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How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

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How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

Perch seem to take a back seat to species like bluegills, crappies, and walleyes when ice fishing. Honestly, it isn’t fair or warranted. They generally travel in large schools, make amazing table fare, and can be found from the Great Lakes to your local farm pond. Once you locate hardwater perch, a...
Ross Robertson Jan 28, 2021
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How to Catch More Bluegill Ice Fishing

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How to Catch More Bluegill Ice Fishing

There’s something transcendent about your first fish. Whether you caught it as a child or later in life, holding that first wriggling, wet creature in your hands opens the door to the world of angling. While I’m sure there are a few truly blessed (or very lucky) anglers whose first fish was...
Kubie Brown Dec 16, 2021
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Fur Hat Ice Tour

S1-E01: Fish Local

S1-E01: Fish Local

Ice fishing can be intimidating and is often misunderstood. Even some hardcore anglers eschew ice fishing as either boring, miserable, or too gear intensive to be worth their while. This series intends to rectify some of these bogus misconceptions. In the first episode, Steven Rinella takes Tracy...
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S1-E02: Backcountry Burbot

S1-E02: Backcountry Burbot

To pivot off of the ease and accessibility we featured in Episode 1, Episode 2 goes the opposite direction and shows Cal and Miles embarking on a deep backcountry winter expedition requiring tracked Can-Ams and thousands of pounds of gear. Ice fishing can be simple and local, but it can also be...
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S1-E03: Stab Em’ and Eat Em’

S1-E03: Stab Em’ and Eat Em’

Kicking off the tour part of the Fur Hat Ice Tour, Janis Putelis travels to Whitefish Lake, Minnesota and meets up with local wild foods expert Mark Norquist who runs the Modern Carnivore website. In this episode, Mark introduces Janis to dark house ice spearing, a hallowed tradition for winter food...
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S1-E04: Favorite Fish

S1-E04: Favorite Fish

Janis continues the Minnesota segment of the tour on Lake Mille Lacs. He’s guided by renowned angler and wildlife biologist Mandy Uhrich. Mandy knows as much about this walleye fishery and the reasons why it has changed over the past generation, as anyone. Mille Lacs is not the ridiculous walleye...
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S1-E05: Spearing Dinosaurs Part 1

S1-E05: Spearing Dinosaurs Part 1

Janis hops the state line over to Wisconsin and travels to Lake Winnebago for the annual lake sturgeon spearing season. Lake sturgeon are ancient and incredible fish, and the communities around lake Winnebago have long revered and relied on these fish. For generations, people around here have spent...
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S1-E06: Spearing Dinosaurs Part 2

S1-E06: Spearing Dinosaurs Part 2

While part 1 is all about the preparation for sturgeon season, part 2 follows Janis, Jake, and his whole crew as they attempt to achieve the improbable, spear a lake sturgeon by hand through a hole in the ice. Success requires patience, intense focus, quick reflexes, and a steady hand. Will Janis...
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S1-E07: Ice Fishing in Downtown Green Bay & Homemade Airboat Ride

S1-E07: Ice Fishing in Downtown Green Bay & Homemade Airboat Ride

Pat Durkin shows Janis around Green Bay, Wisconsin and explain to him how the Fox River and the Green Bay of Lake Michigan are success stories for the conservation ethic of the late 20th century. They do a little ice fishing right in downtown Green Bay and take a ride on a questionable homemade...
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Ice Fishing Legends

6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

Casey and I were standing outside the wall tent enjoying the Montana winter starlight in all its glory when red flashing lights from the top of the grade cut through our rapture. Two and a half hours from the nearest hospital, we figured the ambulance must be arriving for a critical reason. Over the...
Sam Lungren Feb 16, 2021
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Fact Checker: Do You Lose Half of Your Body Heat from Your Head?

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Fact Checker: Do You Lose Half of Your Body Heat from Your Head?

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor, or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at...
Spencer Neuharth Dec 28, 2021
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Bar Room Banter: The $18 Million Ice Fishing Drug Bust

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Bar Room Banter: The $18 Million Ice Fishing Drug Bust

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take notes as we look at how friendly ice fishermen foiled an elaborate drug-moving...
Spencer Neuharth Jan 28, 2020
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Hundreds of Ice Fishermen Stranded in Blizzard: ‘It Looks Like Antarctica’

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Hundreds of Ice Fishermen Stranded in Blizzard: ‘It Looks Like Antarctica’

With walleye season winding down across Minnesota, fishermen from all over the state descended on the most famous lakes for a final weekend of action. Friday and Saturday offered beautiful weather: temps in the 30s with barely a breeze. Sunday, however, ushered in a storm that brought straight-line...
Spencer Neuharth Feb 27, 2019
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Photos: Angler Breaks Idaho Perch Record

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Photos: Angler Breaks Idaho Perch Record

On Tuesday, March 9, Adam Mann of Mosinee, Wisconsin, landed a 3.22-pound, 16.25-inch-long perch out of Lake Cascade in Idaho. “I pulled what looked like a football out of the ice and stared at it for about five seconds before I just started yelling,” Mann told MeatEater. “I laid it next to the...
Maggie Hudlow Mar 19, 2021
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Ice Anglers Catch Big Muskie on Transducer

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Ice Anglers Catch Big Muskie on Transducer

This article comes from the Bent Fishing Podcast’s “Fish News” segment, where hosts Joe Cermele and Miles Nolte go head to head to find and report the most interesting and amusing fishy stories across sources far and wide—from respected scientific journals to trashy tabloids.  On Jan. 16, Jon Kuznia...
Miles Nolte Feb 5, 2021
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