Follow these tips to keep safe when catching dinner out in the freezing cold.
You will need
- Freezing cold weather
- A fishing license
- A towel
- A bucket
- Warm clothes
- A float coat
- Ice cleats
- A spud bar
- An auger
- A scooper
- A fishing pole with reel
- Fishing line
- A depth finder
- A bobber
- A lake with fish
Step 1 Contact the DNR Contact the appropriate state agency to buy a fishing license and check for any ice warnings.
Step 2 Research fishing spots Research popular fishing spots on the web or from people at local bait shops.
Step 3 Pack and dress for the weather Pack all your fishing essentials and a towel in a bucket. Wear warm clothes, boots, gloves, and a float coat.
Dressing in multiple layers will keep you warmer.
Step 4 Walk with a spud bar Walk onto the ice wearing ice cleats and using a spud bar to spear the ice as you go.
If the bar sticks in the ice, stop and back up slowly — the ice is not secure.
Step 5 Drill a hole Drill a hole with an auger and scoop out the ice.
Step 6 Measure the line Let the line from the fishing pole loose into the water with a depth finder attached until it reaches the bottom of the lake. Reel the line up 2 to 3 feet and attach a bobber where the line hits the water
Step 7 Attach hook and bait Pull the line up and attach the hook and bait. Drop the line back into the water and you are now ice fishing.
In 2006 in Wisconsin, ice anglers spent 11 million hours catching 14 million fish.