Winter is coming, so all of you anglers know what that means…ice fishing is right around the corner. It’s time to get things out of storage, and find out what needs replacing, what is good to go, or what new equipment you may want for the upcoming season.
To get ready for the ice fishing season there are few things that should be done beforehand. The first thing you’ll want to check are the rods and reels for any damage that might have occurred during last season or over the summer. You are going to want to re-spool your reel with new fishing line. If you changed up your rod from last season, double check that the reel and rod are securely fastened. Tip-ups also need to be checked to ensure that they are working properly.
The next thing is to check out the clothing selection that you have from previous years. Does everything fit? Do they need to be repaired or replaced? No one wants to be on the ice and notice that their jacket’s zipper no longer works, that would just be a bummer and a waste of a day. Remember, it will be cold out there and you’ll want to keep everything warm from top to bottom.
Another very important item of business when gearing up for the ice fishing season is your tackle box. You should consider going through your tackle box to see if anything is missing or needs to replaced. When it comes to bait, artificial is a good option as it lasts longer, won’t die on you, and eliminates a stop at the bait shop on your way to the lake. Don’t forget to organize your hooks, jigs, and floats!
Your auger is also a very necessary piece of equipment that needs to be checked prior to the start of the season. If it is battery powered make sure the spark plugs are good to go and run it a few times to make sure it is operating properly. If it is gas powered fill it up and run a couple test runs to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Shelter is a must for those long days on the ice. If you have a permanent shelter be sure to check for any damage, rotting wood, or any other structural damage that might have happened. For a portable shelter set it up, check for any rips or tears and that everything opens properly.
Last but not least is your heater, it helps keep you comfortable during those long days and nights. Make sure the heater is working properly and stock up on some propane so it won’t be hassle or a worry for when the time comes.
Now winter hasn’t hit just yet, but I’m sure that getting everything out of storage will spark that interest to get back out there for some late fall fishing. There are some trips still available in Kremmling, CO if you are looking to get on the water. Be sure to check out our website or call 970-423-7036.