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How to Start Ice Fishing and Must-Have Ice Fishing Gear

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Archaeologists say that the first North American ice fishermen plumbed the depths of frozen bodies of water more than 2000 years ago.

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Happily, you don’t have to follow in their footsteps to feed your family, but if this sport looks like fun, you’ll carry on a long tradition.

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What Is Ice Fishing?

As the name implies, ice fishing involves fishing on a frozen body of water. But how, you ask? You will need to drill a hole.

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What You Need to Start Ice Fishing

Having a fishing hook, line, and lures is just the tip of the iceberg. You need the right ice fishing gear.

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1. Acquire a  Fishing License

Many states and municipalities require anglers to have a fishing license. Rules and regulations may vary but it’s always a great idea to double-check.

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2. Comply With Ice Fishing Regulations

Having an ice fishing license is not a free pass. You must comply with fishing regulations set by your state’s game and wildlife departments or bureaus.

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3. Dress Appropriately

What is your number one enemy when ice fishing? If your answer is the freezing temperature, then you’re right. Remember, ice fishing is a test of patience.

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