This is a Guide to ice fishing

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A guide to Ice Fishing

When Ice fishing, its important to choose the right clothes, stay safe, bring

the right tools and bait, and remember if you aren't going to fry, broil, boil,

or just plain eat the fish than release them!

The object of choosing clothes for ice fishing is to dress to stay warm in any

type of weather. You can always peel off layers if you're too hot, but you can't

add them if you don't have them. This means dress in layers, and lots of them.

You don't want to be walking on "thin ice" with this sport! A safe rule of thumb

is to be sure the ice is at least 4 inches thick. Be sure and check ice

conditions before heading out and follow a path if there is one. Because ice

thickness can vary across an area, check more than one spot. In spring, "rotten"

ice, no matter how reliable it looks under that fluffy snow, can give way

easily. When on a snowmobile, be sure the ice is thicker than 4 inches and use

the trails already made. Watch out for holes in the ice or open water.

On a large lake you can lose your sense of direction if you get caught in the

dark, or if the weather should turn nasty, so bring a compass. Some anglers

have a compass strapped right to their arm where it's visible or one in an

accessible outside pocket. Careful planning begins with checking the weather

report and getting back to safety before dark.

Some Things to Bring:

Toboggan or sled - This is a practical way to haul equipment onto the ice. Some

anglers put their gear on top of their shanty, which is transported on runners.

Ice auger - This tool is...