Retired technology executive Jeffery Scott Fraser currently serves as the owner of Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska. When he isn’t working at his Alaska-based lodge, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys fishing.
Ice fishing differs from traditional fishing in a number of ways. One of the most significant differences is that ice fishing requires some extra equipment compared to freshwater and deep sea fishing. Here are some of the things you’ll need to get started as an ice fisherman.
Perhaps the most important piece of equipment you will need is an auger, the tool that creates the hole in the ice through which you will fish. This piece of equipment comes in a variety of sizes and can even be rented. For the beginner, it’s best to choose a manual-style auger that will cut a hole between 6 and 8 inches in diameter.
In terms of basic fishing hardware, look for a rod and reel that feel stiff and sturdy in your hands. Because you will be fishing for lake trout, walleye, perch, and other similarly sized fishes, it’s essential to purchase 8-pound line for your pole.
In terms of bait, it’s common to use minnows, as they tend to be the best attractors. Most bait shops will carry them, but if you want to trap your own, you can purchase a minnow trap.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.