Many guests inquire about the best gear for their ice fishing adventure. We’ve complied a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your trip.
Do I need to bring an ice auger?
No, our guides drill fresh holes for you each morning.
Are there chairs in the fish houses?
Yes, there are folding chairs provided in each house. Some guests choose to bring a chair pad for extra comfort.
What kind of bait should I use in the winter?
As part of our fishing/lodging package, we provide fat head chubs.
What type of rod and reel is best?
The best poles to use are about a 28″ medium to medium-heavy pole. We recommend a durable spinning reel.
What line is best for ice fishing?
We recommend an 8 to 10 lb. test. The no-stretch line is also popular.
What type of jigs should we use?
Buck shot lures, Lindy Rattlin’ Flyer Spoons, Gem-n-eyes, Rocket Spoons, Swedish Pimples
Are there any hot colors?
Traditionally, the best colors for ice fishing are red, gold, pink and orange.
What is best — underwater camera or Vexilar?
Because the water is murky, cameras aren’t as useful on Lake of the Woods. We recommend a Vexilar (like a sonar locator). Our guides rent them to guests for if you do not have one of your own. Please make sure to reserve in advance.
What type of gear will I need to catch a trophy pike?
Tip-ups with quick striking rigs. This Babe Winkleman “Monster Pike” video shows a great tutorial for the keys to success.