Every ice fisher will tell you: it’s never too cold to go ice fishing! Besides, ice fishing is one of those activities that fits in line with social distancing. Here’s all the info to get you started, from planning and shopping the right equipment to catching fish through the ice — and eating it!
PREP FOR THE SEASON
Woods Arctic 4 Insulated Ice Shelter, 4-Person >
• Easy-grab pull handles for quick set-up and take down
• Fully-insulated 300D polyester helps keep you warm on cold days
• Reinforced and elongated pole pockets for added stability
Pelican Snow Trek 60 Ice Sled >
• Rugged polyethylene high-density construction provides strength and durability
• Equipped with a robust pull rope allowing you to confidently carry up to 260 lb
Exclusive! Woods 8" E-Drill Ice Auger Combo >
• Its razor-sharp flat blades provide a stable and smooth cutting experience.
• Its steel ring ensures the auger breaks through ice fast and strong.
Garmin Striker Plus 4 Ice Fishing Bundle >
• Fish finder and high-sensitivity GPS makes it easy to see fish and structure in maximum detail
• Rugged, portable carrying case to fit accessories and keep them safe
Gear up for the season with our ice fishing equipment. With everything available at Canadian Tire, there's no need to be left out in the cold!
Ice Fishing Shelters
If you carry a lot of gear or prefer more room to stretch out, a two-man 2-person portable tent is a smart option. Moving up a size, it gets even more comfortable, but you may need a sled to move it.
The material of the shelter determines how well your shelter collects heat. Insulated shelters made of nylon or mixed fibres gather up the heat and keep it inside efficiently. In contrast, non-insulated shacks made of cloth and lighter denier fabric are much easier to carry, although they don't hold heat inside the tent.
Ice Shelter Sizes
Flying solo? These shelters set up fast so you can get to fishing faster.
Ideal for two and gear so you can fish in comfort.
Get comfortable! Perfect if you and your fellow anglers need extra legroom or space for gear and equipment.
Thermal Vs Non-Thermal
Which one is right for you?
Made from innovative insulating materials, they retain heat and reduce condensation for ultimate comfort and protection from the elements, which makes up for their heavier weight.
They pack down small, set up easily and are light to carry, making them an ideal option if you’re in more clement weather conditions or equipped with a heater.
Electric Ice Augers:
Thanks to the latest in lithium battery technology and electric motor power and torque, electric augers offer a clean, fast and quiet drill.
They allow you to drill all the holes you need, quickly, with power to spare. Punch all the holes to cover a day of fishing, no matter how thick the ice: gas-powered augers are the most reliable option on the market.
Manual Ice Augers:
Ice augers come in various sizes to create holes ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches in diameter. Smaller diameter augers are easier to use and perfect for panfish and perch, but the hole they create may be too small to bring a larger fish through.
Adaptive Ice Augers:
They convert manual ice augers into power models by allowing the attachment of a cordless power drill. Compared to gas or battery-operated ice augers, they provide a lightweight and convenient ice auger system.
Ice Fishing Lures
& Terminal Tackle
The jig bait is a must-have fishing lure, as it is both versatile and cheap.
Spoons are a reliable lure because they wobble through the water as a wounded baitfish would do.
Plastic lures work best when used in a shallow-water presentation. Many of these baits are scent impregnated or have flavours that appeal to fish.
Sonars give you the ability to track lures and fish movements, allowing you to find the right spot before you set up. Just drill and drop to read depth and find fish.
Ice fishing UW cameras are best for clearer lakes and provide a better view of the lake’s bottom, weed beds, and any fish swimming by than with a sonar.
Displayed on a circular screen, a flasher reveals objects that are detected in the water column. The display allows anglers to monitor depth and discern fish activity in relation to their lure.
Sleds & Transport Gear
If you plan on packing a flasher and a pop-up shelter, you’re going to want a sled. How much stuff will you bring? Consider size as the most important factor when shopping for a sled.
Tip-ups allow you to suspend live bait beneath the ice and detect fish strikes without having to maintain constant contact with your fishing gear.
Ice fishers need lines that won't absorb water, freeze and become brittle. Choose mono, fluoro or braid depending on the situation.
The equipment you need for ice fishing is much different than freshwater fishing gear. Packing for an ice fishing trip? There are the essential items that every angler needs on their ice fishing gear list.
Calling all anglers! There is nothing more rewarding than eating a wild fish you caught yourself. Here’s what you need to do after deciding you’re going to keep a fish.
After the catch
How to Prepare your Fish :
CLEAN IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN TO KEEP ANIMALS AWAY.
Use a bucket or clean rock and scrape the scales off the fish’s sides.
REMOVE THE HEAD,
TAIL AND GUT.
Pull out the fish’s entrails with your fingers or with a spoon. Everything needs to come out!
PLACE IT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR COOLER.
Gather your gear and start packing up: you don’t want to leave the fish in the cooler for too long!
How to Cook your Fish :
PREPARE IN SEASONING
Fillet the fish, rub in a little salt. Beat an egg, pass the fish through the beaten egg and roll in flour.
GATHER YOUR TONGS AND FISH FRYER
Shallow-fry the fish in a pan of oil. For a healthier option, you can cook your fish in the pan with salt, pepper, butter, lemon and dill to make a simple and tasty dinner.
Before you venture out, consult with your local authorities to get an up-to-date ice report to check the condition and thickness of the ice.Once you have arrived at the location, it is still important to assess the condition of the ice and to proceed cautiously while heading out. This can be done by carefully drilling test holes every few yards, and avoiding areas where water is moving, as the ice tends to be weaker there.Remember, the ice must support not only your weight and that of your companions, but also all of your gear.
Should you fall through,a protective suit will help preserve body heat longer than ordinary winter clothing, and an approved flotation vest can help keep you on the surface facing upward, allowing you to breathe even if you are unconscious. Carrying a sturdy pair of ice rescue spikes at all times is also strongly advisable.
Never fish alone
Few things can be as relaxing as solo fishing but bringing a fellow auger with you can mean the difference between life and death. Also, be sure a family member or friend who is not accompanying you is aware of where you are and when you expect to return. Always fish in the daytime, too!
Socially distancing is all the rage
When venturing out, members of your group should walk single file with a few meters space between the persons ahead and behind. Before auguring your hole, be sure you are a respectable distance away from others on the ice.
Avoid alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption can cause your body to lose warmth more quickly as well as impair your judgment and motor skills, making for a potentially dangerous situation out on the ice. For more information, please refer to the Red Cross website.