An Ice Cold Adventure: Ice Fishing
When you live in the fine state of Michigan, winter can be a blue time of the year. Luckily there are many winter activities you can participate in that make the snow and cold a little more bearable, and my favorite is ice fishing!
Larger bodies of water like Muskegon Lake on the west side of the state and Lake Charlevoix farther up north have been reeling in dinner for a couple weeks now. To be safe, ice should be at least four inches thick, and you should always go with a partner.
Once you find a thick enough area on the ice, it’s time to “dig.” Using a power auger, we carved out a hole and set up the shanty.
Shanties come in many shapes and sizes, but most double as sleds for easy carrying.
Most hardcore ice fishermen will bring along a propane heater to help keep the chill off their bodies in the shanty, and I will say that it definitely helped!
Perch, bluegill, crappie and walleye are the main species you will catch in our fine state, and occasionally bass, pike or lake trout if you get lucky!
Staying warm is a vital part of ice fishing. I highly recommend thermal or performance gear as your base layer, topped with sweats, sweatshirts, snow pants, jacket, gloves, hats and whatever else you need to keep warm such as hand and toe warmers
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