Whether you are an experienced fisherman, or are just starting to get your feet wet, this guide will serve you. Inform yourself on essentials like obtaining your fishing or boating license, predicting weather patterns, identifying fish, and efficiently acquiring the necessary tools and equipment.
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Ice fishing is a unique sport-because of seasonal demands and particular techniques, ice fishermen require specialized tools and resources. The Web sites listed below can help ice fishermen find the equipment and environmental assistance necessary. These Web sites can also locate groups to fish with, events, and weather reports.
- Many of the Web sites listed below have forums and newsletters that you can read to stay informed about what other ice fishermen are doing. Write your own tips or find helpful hints from others-updated techniques and practices are often posted.
- If you are an ice fisherman and are not involved in other types of fishing during the off-season, visit the general fishing Web sites recommended in the beginning of this guide for insight on other forms of fishing you might consider during warmer months.
thoroughly details all aspects of ice fishing with links to tournaments, gear, and bait. Visit "Tactics" for articles on ice fishing topics and trends like "To Spoon or Not to Spoon?" or "Deadsticking For Crappies." Go to the "I.C.E. Events" link for fishing events all over the United States. And for a unique bit of trivia or advice, check out the "Did You Know?" box on the left side of every page.
is a constantly updated user-based site that welcomes contributions, even during the summer. As a result, you'll see lots of personal photos and postings. A very active forum dominates the site but you'll find other valuable content through the tiny links located just above the large ads on the homepage.
is great for engaged ice fishing enthusiasts, though be mindful of Google ads at the top of most pages. Scroll through the list of links on the left for an overview of the site. The "Message Board" is constantly active, even during summer months. The "Ice Fishing" link is full of articles, safety information, and equipment resources. "Walleye Fishing Reports" contains user-submitted fishing reports organized by state; check and see if your area has recently been covered. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) links for every U.S. state and Canadian province are also provided.
Ice Fishing Home
suffers from unprofessional design but don't let this deter you-the information is worth a look. Topics are arranged in categories like "Regional," "Shelters," "Groups," and "Augers." Each category has multiple links: read up on local ice fishing conditions, how to buy a tent, or how to be involved with other fisherman, for example.
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