10 Ice Fishing Accessories for Hard Water Success

By Debbie Hanson

Feb 27, 2019

List of ice fishing accessories for winter hard water trips. Find out about the best ice fishing accessories, to have ready, be prepared for your ice fishing trips

Whether you are preparing for your first winter hard water experience or are a veteran out on the ice, the key to success is having the right stock of ice fishing accessories. The best ice fishing accessories incorporate advancements that make it easier than ever to find and successfully catch your quarry.

Check out ten ice fishing must-haves for your upcoming frosty adventures.
  1. Ice Auger. A rechargeable, electric ice auger will help you drill through the ice quickly and easily to get to the fish without the need for gasoline. Some models include night lights that contribute to safer drilling in low light conditions.
  2. Fish Finder. Today's fish finders can make us exceptionally efficient when it comes to locating fish beneath the ice. LCD Screens with full color displays and flashers produce the most accurate picture of what's going on in the water below.
  3. Bucket Caddy. A bucket caddy is a helpful ice fishing accessory that keeps your essential ice-fishing gear close at hand. Look for one that has multiple deep storage pockets for lures, gloves, tools, and accessories. Most ice bucket caddies are designed to fit any standard 5-gallon bucket.
  4. Metal Cleats. Multi-directional cleats are made to attach securely to your boots while giving you greater traction on the ice.
  5. Ice Safety Picks. Ice picks are an absolute safety must when on the hard water. The latest lightweight picks have retractable heads that cover the spikes when not in use. Some picks feature EVA handles that are connected by a lanyard for instant access in the event of an emergency.
  6. Ice Fishing Jigs. Jigs are the best ice fishing accessories you can have stored in your tackle box. If you're new to hard water fishing, the easiest thing to do is pick up a couple of jig kits. This way, you'll get different jig designs and colors to try out until you figure out what works for certain species in your local area.
  7. Flutter Spoons. Small flutter spoons can be a good lure choice when targeting walleye through the ice. Try a small 1/16-ounce version with plenty of action and flash.
  8. Ice Fishing Line. One of the most important ice fishing accessories is the right type of line for the conditions. Ice fishing line is made with anti-freezing compounds that prevent your line from freezing to your rod and ice-based line memory.
  9. Ice Fishing Rod. One of the most standard ice fishing rod setups consists of a 28-inch long, medium-action jigging rod.
  10. Ice Skimmer. An ice skimmer can help clear your fishing hole of slush and ice in a jiffy.

Before you head out to your favorite spot on the hard water with your ice fishing accessories, buy your fishing license online and check the state fishing regulations.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.