Great Ice Fishing Buys for Under $5

News & Tips: Great Ice Fishing Buys for Under $5

Don’t let an empty bank account keep you from a great hard water outing.  These items can make all the difference on tough days, and at under $5 each you can still afford to pack some beverages!

Berkley Bucket Rod Holder:

A steal at $3.99, I regularly use this rod holder for securing my dead-stick rod when soaking a minnow for walleye, perch or crappie. I highly recommend it.

Bass Pro Shops Depth Finder Weights:

Depth finder weights are traditionally used to quickly find bottom when setting tip-ups and other stationary lines. I also like to use them to add extra weight to an underwater camera if needed.

Snaps & Swivels:

Snaps make lure changes an easier process than retying baits. They also don’t constrict lures. In some cases this encourages better action compared to snug-fitting knots. Swivels reduce line twist, which is your worst enemy when trying to get fussy fish to bite.

Small Finesse Soft-baits:

Team Fin-S-Fish, Gulp! Minnows, or Squirt Tubes, with a small jig head for a great day on the ice. Small profiled plastics will catch panfish, whitefish, walleye, stocked trout and many other species.

Hand Warmers:

Hand warmers can banish the bone-chill in fingertips and let you get back to catching fish. I don’t use these often, but there have been a few times when they’ve saved the day. I often keep a few on me during outings just in case.

Glow Beads:

Add a glow bead or two before tying on a single or treble hook for a set-line minnow rig. Regularly “charge ” the bead with a lantern or flashlight to keep its luminescence strong. This little addition can help put walleye on the ice in darker waters or after nightfall.