Cost of getting on the ice?Posted by nick on November 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
So I’ve been out a few times with friends but aside from winter gear everything I needed my buddies lended me. Is it realistic that I can get the necessities to get out there for under $1000?
phe_nomGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Yeah if you go mostly used gear on your expensive items it shouldn’t be a problem. Flasher/shelter/auger can all be bought used. You can also go a hand auger and a cheaper shelter to really cut down on the price is you really want new.
Everything else is fairly cheap provided you have warm clothes already.
odmcgirtGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
It depends on what you define as necessities – but even with a fairly generous definition the answer should be yes.
At the more minimalist end:
Cutting the hole: chisel or hand auger can be had for under $75
Jig rod: a good starter combo can be had for under $50 (tip ups can be had for less)
Misc: scoop for cleaning hole, pliers, headlamp, bait net, bait bucket, tackle boxes, hooks, line, jigs/spoons/plastics – all of these items can vary greatly in price but you could budget $150-$200 and come out well done
Jet sled – $40-$79
Do you have winter clothing? (Boots, Jacket, Bibs/pants, gloves/mittens, hat)
You can spend a lot more money than this but if you want to have gear so you can when your buddies can’t – you can do it for way under $1,000.
You can also look on Marketplace and Craigslist and get some great quality stuff for a pretty good price.
squintingmanGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Dude, Craigslist. Game changer.
amlredflagGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Oh my god. I started ice fishing as kid with a 10$ pole a 5gallon bucket and a 20$ hand auger. $1000 is a pretty decent budget just check craigslist and auction sites (especially at the begining and end of the year and summer). You’ll be able to outfit yourself pretty well
OkSlide1762GuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Big fella, you could get out there with a stick and string. If it’s too cold just get a tarp and a couple candles. Need a whole in the ice? Scare the guys with gear away after they get set up. The only thing you potentially have to pay for is beer, but if you’re real friendly you can get that for free too. If you play your cards right, they might even give you a couple small fish to show off to bring home to the wife and kids. Trust
justbrowsingreditGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
100%.. you can have a nice setup for $1000. insulated shelter for under 500, hand auger on kijij, mr buddy, sleigh… and your ready to go. I’ve been using cheap Walmart rods, got a bunch of spares and never had an issue.
HamsaphinaGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
I used to find people’s old ice holes, scoop it out with a ladle, and use my regular fishing rod. So yes, you can do it for less than $1000 haha
markusbrainusGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
$150 would get you on the ice fishing assuming you have warm clothing and a vehicle to get you there.
Fishing licence $20-50,
Cheap ice fishing Rod $25,
Couple multipacks of cheap lures $20,
Hand ice auger $60,
Everything after that are nice to haves you can accumulate over the years. Watch for used gear online especially at the end of the season or off season. If you have a decent cordless drill you can get an adapter that’ll let you power drive your hand ice auger. If you’re not shy you can go to lakes with people on them and ask to borrow an auger or ask someone to drill you a couple holes. Hopefully you can scrounge a bag to store your fish, a set of pliers, and a bludgeon to kill your fish.
Take your time buying into the gear to make sure it’s a good fit for your preferred style of fishing. There’s always another fishing widget to put on your Xmas/bday list for gifts.
wayofthefeastGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
I got alot of my stuff for Christmas and my birthday when I was younger. Asking for some of it for Christmas was a good way to knock some of it out. Doesn’t cut into your disposable income so bad.
-PromethiumGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
When it comes to a fish finder, a garmin striker 4 ice bundle IMO is the best value out there, and for the price better than any used vexlar.
TomTom_66GuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
If you already have a cordless drill to support it, I’d highly recommend you buy a eskimo pistol bit or K drill. It’ll be the first last auger you buy, and for $200ish dollars. Beats hand drilling 20+ inches of ice.
Alternatively, I’ve seen older gas augers go for $50 or less. Cost effective, but sometimes a pain to fire up.
ijuanaspearfishGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
So besides clothes, get a spud bar.
Your gonna need it for early ice, do not use an axe, when doing this, your naturally hitting down in front of your feet, not good if the ice is thin and spider webs to your feet,. a spud bar is heavy and allows you to strike at more of an angle to prevent falling in. Could you use one? yes, is it correct and safe? no
Last season was very poor for ice in my area, I used my spud bar for almost the entire season to check ice.
Then your onto rods, tip ups, shelters, sleds, flashers, lures, auger, safety gear etc….
Maybe get a few tip ups, 2 jigging rods, a small jet sled, assortment of lures for fish your targeting, hand auger is fine but it will suck once you get several inches of ice.
Safety gear, get some thick lengths of rope- some for dragging your sled and some for rescuing if needed, get spikes you can have on your person (they wrap around your neck or keep them in a pocket), get cleats for safer walking on glare ice. A overlooked item are sunglasses, if you fish outside, the sun can give you a tan, but also strain your eyes.
Pop ups are going to be the least expensive route, add in a chair and a buddy heater if you want to stay warmer. Pullovers are better for mobile run and gun fishing but they weigh a bit more and are a smaller inside than a pop up.
Flashers/graphs- They are a game changer for ice fishing, it makes it more fun, more efficient and you will learn a lot about the bodies of water your fishing.
MrT0620GuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Yes this will be enough to get everything you need. If you already have a drill definitely get an auger bit that just attaches to it. Then a pop up tent, heater, rod/reel combo, and any nesscacary tackle witch if you open water fish you probably have. finally you’ll want some type of graph, I’d recommend a vexilar fl 18 or around there.
RogerEpsilonDeltaGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
I find really cheap traps at antique stores often, last year I got six for $15. Just restrung them and off to the ice!
RoyHenroldGuestNovember 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Depends on how hard you go, my graph setup and ice suit alone was over $1000. Everything else is cheap tho and easy to find second hand plus nice ice rods start at $40. The nice thing is that once you buy everything you won’t need to buy anything again. My first couple years of ice fishing was me piecing my setup together. This year, all I need is line and gas to get on the ice!