Ice Fishing Tools

Learn more about different ice fishing tools available and how to use them.

Augers, Chisels and other Ice Tools

An auger is a drilling device that resembles a giant cork screw. It has a spiraling sharp edge that operates like a hand drill to make a hole in the ice. For extremely thick ice, power augers that run on batteries or small gasoline engines are available and make creating holes much easier.

A chisel (sometimes called a spud) is a long-handled blade that comes to a point on one side. It can be used to chip into the ice or make holes in thinner ice.

It is also good to bring a slush scoop or some sort of deep ladle. A slush scoop has holes in it and allows you to scoop excess ice and slush out of your fishing hole.

Video courtesy of USA Ice Fishing Team