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 Get the Most Out of Ice


Fishing With an Ice


 Shanty    By John Guard


The Right Ice Shanty Can Make a Cold Winter Feel Like Summer!


Winter brings many things like snow storms, icicles, skiing, snowboarding, and the best of all, ice fishing. If you've never had the chance to huddle in an ice shanty and do some ice fishing, you're missing out on one of the finest winter sports. Yes, ice fishing is a sport... with beer! There are annual festivals all over the world for ice fishing. There's even a contest for the best, Crib's Style Ice Shanty. Well maybe not Cribs, but people do some amazing things to their shanties. In the northern US states, there are thousands of people who can't wait for the ice to form so they can get out on the frozen lakes and kick off their ice fishing season. As soon as there's enough ice, it's time to hookup their fishing shack to the back of their trucks and move onto the lakes. Once they've found that perfect spot, their shack may stay in that spot for the entire season if the fishing is good, fingers crossed! For some people, every spare minute they have is spent fishing during ice fishing season. It's a way of life and something special for us who are privileged enough to know about it. One thing is for sure, if you're going to ice fish, you're going to need a place to warm up. The way we do that is by using an ice shanty.

What is an Ice Shanty?

An ice shanty is a portable ice fishing shelter that can be made from heavy material such as wood or metal. Other shanties are made from lightweight material such as vinyl, canvas, and denier fabric. Their main purpose is to shelter fisherman from the rages of winter while fishing. Some of the hand made shacks are like small houses. You name it! Satellite TV, stoves, lighting, AC, and even bunks. They can sometimes be more like a mobile home than a "shack". Whatever your style, there's one for you. In the United States, ice fishing is more of a social event than in some other countries around the world. In places like Wisconsin and Minnesota, there are hotels, B&Bs, and resorts who own ice houses. They'll do all the work while you focus on ice fishing. It's really a great way to fish if you don't own all the gear you need. They'll transport you out in the morning and bring you back at sundown. You can fish to your heart's content. However, you don't need a hotel or fancy resort to join in the fun on the lake. As long as you have your license, gear, and a place to warm up, you're ready to rock! In Alaska, ice fishing and whale hunting for the Eskimos are a matter of survival. Interesting fact: For the Eskimos to hunt whales in Alaska, they are required to use hunting methods dating back 600 years. The Eskimos start by putting together a base camp on the ice. Once their ice shanty town is set up, they prepare to get ready for the hunt. They use a hand made spear and boats made from seal skin to hunt the whale which can be the size of a train engine. They aim their boat directly at the center of the whales head because the whale's head is so massive, it can't see the boat coming. Once they're over the whales head, they have to stab the whale in the spine and quickly get out of the way. There's a rope connected to the spear on one end and a barrel on the other so they can track their hunt by watching the barrel float in the water. Powered boats are called in quickly after the spearing to retrieve the whale. It's sad to see in a way, but it's amazing that the Eskimos go out over ice cold water on a seal skin boat and hunt a whale using a tooth pick. Talk about the ultimate Ice Fisherman. I just want to note that nothing goes to waste from the whale. Got a little sidetracked there, but it's an interesting way of life. The fact that a an ice shanty makes it possible for them to survive the Arctic, and then the winter as as a result makes it incredible.

Ice Shanty Considerations

Choosing the right ice shanty is not as easy as you would think. Since mobile ice fishing has become more popular, ice shanties now come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. Size, portability, and material are very important considerations when choosing your ice shanty. The size of the ice shanty may be the most important aspect to think about. If you like to fish with friends which most of us do, the question is; how many of my friends can I bring along? Of course there are those beautiful days when you don't need an ice fishing shelter at all, but when the weather turns, it's nice to have a warm (but not too many people warm) place to go. With size, mainly referring to custom built heavy material shanties, portability becomes as issue. You'll need a way to get your ice fishing house to the lake and a way move around it when it's on the lake. A 4x4 truck, snowmobile, or 4 wheeler will be necessary to move a larger ice shanty around. If you live on a lake, it's a no brain-er to have a mac daddy ice shanty for various reasons. If you don't, there are many large portable ice shanty options. Note: If you're new to ice fishing, it's important that you stick close to where other large shanties are, especially if you're unfamiliar with the lake and decide to build or buy a large shelter. If you're a fisherman on the move or just looking for a little quiet time to yourself, a one or two person fishing hub may be the answer. You'll want to think about how much fishing gear you can store and use in your ice shack though. The more space, the better. Add two buddies, buckets, and beer, it could get real cozy in a shack too small for your needs. You can probably sense my bias here, I think a three or four person ice shanty is a good starting point for ice anglers. It's nice to be able to move with the fish and try different lakes. A portable ice shanty is just that, portable. You can move it from one spot to the next, one lake to another as often as you want and only spend a few minutes tearing down and setting up your shelter. It sure beats moving a heavy material shanty around. There's even a portable house by Eskimo Ice Shelters that folds into a sled with storage, and unfolds to shelter with built in bench seating.

What Type of Material for an Ice Shanty

If you're an avid fisherman, you'll need a winter hut that is warm and comfortable. There's no sense in freezing to death while indulging in your favorite hobby. We've already covered home made ice fishing houses in the above section for which there are many ice shanty plans available on the internet if that's the direction you want to go. A lot of the portable ice shanties on the market today are made from either 300D or 600D Polyester. Three hundred denier polyester is a lightweight material, whereas 600 denier polyester is a heavier duty material. 300D Polyester is quite a bit thinner than the 600D. It's definitely lighter if you're carrying it around while trekking through snow. It's usually less expensive too. 600D polyester is approximately twice as durable as the 300D, but weighs and costs more. They'll both get the job done. You'll also see vinyl and canvas used to make a portable ice shanty. We hope understanding the purpose and applications of the ice shanty helps you decide which shelter is best for you.

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The Best Ice Fishing


Technique You Never



 Heard About!
By Brian Doug Larson


There is a whisper that can heard around the frost belt where the ice fisherman plies his craft. It tells of an ice fishing lure that is both new and old. It tells of a new take on the jigging spoon that has been a standard weapon in the ice anglers arsenal.

While ice fishing lures as a rule are much smaller than their open water counterparts due to the extremely cold water and what are sometimes lethargic fish. Small and heavy has been the order of the day for almost as long as man has ventured onto the ice in search of sustenance or just a fish dinner.

The new style Micro jigging spoons have taken the small and heavy status quo and made it super small and super light. The Micro jigging spoons that I tried last season were just barely more than 1/2" long and 2 of them could easily be covered with a dime. While I was a bit skeptical that they would be as effective as the standard ice fishing jigs that I was so familiar with. I was eager to give them a try as I had heard rumors of their effectiveness the previous season at an ice fishing expo. My first experience found me standing next to a hole in the ice with a look on my face that was described as a mix of confusion and amazement, and my fishing buddy gleefully gloating I told you so!

We had just pulled about a dozen nice plump bluegills out of 2 holes right next to each other in what was not much more 5 mins.. I quickly changed out to one of my old standby Bug jigs to prove to myself that the fish were simply in a feeding mood and they would bite anything. I fished my Bug jig for a full 15 mins., landing 3 more much smaller Bluegills and watching Jon land 8 more really nice sized bluegills (without bait!) before I begged him to give me back the Micro spoon I had been using.

Using the underwater camera it was easy to see how the fish were almost irresistibly drawn to the slow fluttering fall and how easily the super light spoons with a size 16 treble were sucked into their mouth vs. a standard heavy lead ice jig. Bear in mind that you will need to use a good quality, limp, small diameter line to get the best action from this style of spoon.

I have no idea how many fish we caught that day but it was certainly far more than I could have imagined when we arrived at the lake that day. I fished these spoons quite a bit last season and enjoyed some phenomenal success with them on numerous occasions. Bluegill, crappie, Perch, Trout and even the occasional Walleye gulp these down and oftentimes when they will not seem to bite on anything else in the tackle box. While I am not advocating throwing out all of your other ice fishing lures, I firmly believe that if want to enjoy better success on the ice, and catch larger pan fish on average, you should put some Micro jigging spoons in your arsenal. One thing you can be sure of is that they will certainly be in mine!

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How to Make Electricity to


Power Your Ice



By []John Komatar 

In Minnesota ice fishing is a very popular winter sport. People go to great lengths when building their ice shacks to provide comfort and convenience. In fact, a friend of mine decided to make electricity for his ice shack so he could brew coffee and run a space heater while he was fishing. To some of you this may seem absurd, but to the ice-fishing enthusiast it is a very ingenious idea. 

At first, he brought along a gas-powered generator, but with the gas prices spiking the way they were it no longer seemed feasible. So he decided to do a little research on solar energy and found a manual on how to build and install a photovoltaic system (solar panel technology) that would generate enough power to accommodate his needs. He was able to construct and set up a PV system inexpensively with materials available at a local home improvement store, and did it in the course of a weekend.

Solar energy was a very practical solution for this particular application. Reason being, solar panels are most effective in remote locations (areas where direct sunlight is most amply available). A lake is the perfect layout for reception as the only obstruction may be cloudy conditions. However, the system can be backed up by a simple battery, and when electricity is being generated it will be cycled back into the battery to recharge it. 

Also, a PV system designed at a smaller scale such as this can be accomplished relatively easy for very little expense. Moreover, you can even tote this along when you go camping, because it's highly portable. So how would this fare on a much larger scale? The principal is the same, only expanded. There are no limitations to the size or amount of power you want to produce.

Solar energy is the perfect solution for environmentally conscious people who are interested in eco-friendly ways to live economically. With the right plans and instructions anyone can learn how to []make electricity by building a photovoltaic system easily and inexpensively. Generating your own power will save you money and in some cases get the utility company to pay you for it.

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 Ice Fishing For Walleye 


By []Andrew Martinsen


 Ice fishing for Walleye is one of the most popular winter sports in northern parts of the country, but if you plan on participating there is some equipment you will need and some safety precautions that should be taken. Ice augers are needed to break a hole in the ice to fish in, an ice shanty and portable heater will keep you out of the elements and warm, and locators and cameras which can see underwater are extremely helpful if you are going to be successful and catch Walleye through the ice. In addition, you will need a rod, reel, lures, and other fishing tackle and equipment specifically intended for Walleye ice fishing. 

 Whenever fishing through the ice is done, whether it is for Walleye or any other catch, certain safety precautions should be taken. Ice can be tricky, and may be five inches or more thick in one spot and be only half an inch thick just feet away, so it is important to be observant at all times while fishing for walleye in the winter.

 The DNR guidelines suggest only ice fishing if the ice is at least four to five inches thick if you are walking out to fish for Walleye. The thickness of the ice needed for safe Walleye fishing at this time of the year increases if you are going to be driving an off road vehicle or automobile onto the ice, because of the much heavier weight load of the vehicle. Any Walleye trip in the cold months should include life vests or survival suits, that way if you fall in you will stay warm and float until help arrives or you can get out of the water. The only exception to this safety guideline is if you are driving or riding in a closed vehicle on the ice. The reason for this is that a life jacket or survival vest may make exiting the vehicle in an emergency harder, preventing escape.

  A big safety tip for Walleye fishing on the ice is to avoid fishing and going onto the ice when visibility is poor. If it is snowing or dark, avoid the ice and Walleye fishing until visibility clears up, otherwise you may end up in the water. With the proper equipment and safety precautions, fishing for Walleye at this time of year can be both fun and rewarding. Always be extra cautious at the start and end of the season, because the warmer weather may cause thin or melting ice. Stay safe out there.


  []Andrew Martinsen is a walleye fishing fanatic. His website talks more about the sport he loves, []walleye fishing. Go to the link above right now to download a free report on an underground walleye bait recipe. Article Source: [] Ice Fishing For Walleye


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