Great advice from pistol...my tips are in blue. Welcome to the ice fishing madness!!I plan on trying ice fishing for the first time this winter.
What are the minimum essential items I need?
- Do I need an auger or how else can I cut a hole? Hatchet or spud bar, but an auger is the best Get a good hand auger, like a strikemaster lazer. Cuts like a knife thru butter and easy to transport.
- Can I use the spinning setup I already own? Would a kids pole work okay?use what you got,but ice rods are shorter because your generally right on top of the hole, plus the guides are designed to not ice up.Spend the $30-40 on a couple cheapo ice setups from BPS or Cabela's. It'll be worth it for you and the kiddos to make it easy.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Try Evergreen lake when it fully freezes, or the Chatfield ponds, better action for the kiddos IMO. X2 -- Evergreen lake is a great place to take the kiddos. Better action.
What is something you wish you knew before you started ice fishing? It gets cold.Have good boots for you and the kiddos, and/or bring some mats to stand on. Cold feet can ruin a day of fishing.
Is it frowned upon to mark the holes you drilled with paint or something? (I'm going to try taking my kids and want them to visibly see where we drill) I don't see the point in the paint..No need to mark holes. Just drill a few and keep your eyes on them.
Does the bite generally die down during the day? For me it is usually better in the early morning and dies off around noon.Evergreen bite is best early/late, but you can catch fish all day.
Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated. Dress warmer than you think you need to, your stationary and on ice, it can get cold.
I plan on hitting Chatty or the Crack when the ice is nice and thick, relatively safe, since I'll most likely be trying it with my kiddos.