Ice fishing clothes, safety gear
Proper clothes and a simple safety kit are the key to a successful and comfortable day of ice fishing. The best way to avoid trouble is to have ice fishing gear that keeps you warm, safe and able to survive an emergency.
Ice Fishing Safety Gear
Falling through the ice is every ice fisherman’s nightmare. Here is the safety gear you should have if you are going to become a serious ice fishing angler:
Ice Fishing Clothing
Clothing is the most important part of ice fishing. Winter weather conditions and temperatures on the lake can change rapidly.
Wear thermal underwear as the first layer and then add wool or flannel followed by a water-proof winter coat.
Pack a change of clothes. In the event that you get wet you will have something warm and dry to wear home.
A wool or neoprene hat is essential to minimize critical heat loss and protect your ears.
The reflection of the sun off the snow and ice can be very harmful to your eyes. Good sun glasses are important.
Wear high level sunblock on all parts of your body that may be exposed to the sun and wind.
Cheeks, lips, nose and ears are all at risk.
Frost bite and sun burn make a bad combination.
Insulated waterproof winter boots are essential for spending a day on the ice.
Do not tie your boots too tightly. It is important to keep blood circulating freely.
Frost bite can occur quickly so don’t take risks with your footwear.
Wool socks are your best choice.
Mittens are generally better than gloves with fingers.
Face masks and scarves are great for protecting against frostbite.
Hand Warmers and Feet Warmers are probably your best ice fishing clothing investments.
Need More Ice Fishing Information?
Go to the Ice Fishing Equipment For Beginners page to see all the gear you need to get started ice fishing.
The Great Ice Fishing Gadgets page highlights the hi-tech gear that advanced ice anglers use to find and catch fish all winter.
Go to the Ice Fishing Techniques page to find out how to catch perch, crappie, walleye, whitefish, pike and trout.
Go to the How To Read The Ice page to learn about safe and dangerous ice conditions.