Ice fishing is a fantastic way to get outside this winter. Being prepared and ensuring you have the right equipment is key before stepping out on the hard water. To make sure you have a great experience, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Checking the thickness of the ice is the first thing you want to do when arriving at the lake. Use an ice chisel or auger to drill a hole close to shore to determine the thickness of ice. It’s recommended to drill holes every 10 feet until you get to your desired location and you have 4 inches of solid clear ice.

Ice fishing is an activity the entire family can enjoy and is for all ages and skill levels. All it takes is a little knowledge and the right gear. A heater, hot chocolate, and Timbits can also make all the difference. Before you know it, you’ll be catching your first fish and taking it home for dinner.

Having the right equipment is important for any ice fishing adventure. Here are some must-have items to bring:

• Ice Auger/scoop – used to drill holes and scoop out the slush
• Ice Fishing Rods – no explanation necessary
• Small lures – gold, orange, and pink chartreuse lures tipped with worm or shrimp
• Ice Hut - designed to keep the cold out and to see the fish below the ice
• Chairs – for comfort
• Fishing license – visit the Government website to buy a one day or season license

Edith Lake, Red Lake, and Monte Lake are a few local favorites and provide incredible opportunities for Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. Get outside this winter and experience ice fishing first-hand. For those who need a little extra guidance, book a tour with Elevated Ice Fishing Adventures.

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