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Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

If you are ice fishing, you need  a hole in the ice.  Most people use power ice augers.  What are the advantages to a power auger?  Are there any disadvantages?

Power Ice Augers – Effective?

Of course, power augers are effective.  They cut through the ice in seconds.  But there are things to keep in mind.

  • They are heavy. A snow machine, hand sled or several trips with equipment is needed.

    power ice augers
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  • They are noisy.  But, only while running.
  • They are finicky.  Test start your auger before you leave home.
  • They can pollute.  Make sure the gas cap is tight.  Use the right oil mixture.
  • They are dangerous.  Wrists can snap.  Clothing can get caught. Feet can get augered.
  • They are expensive.

The speed and ease of a power ice auger more than makes up for these issues.

There are a number of models of power augers ranging in price from $250  to over $1200.

Price is determined by cubic inch of the engine.  This determines the ease of drilling.  The size of the auger is also a factor in price.  Blades run from 6″ in diameter to 10″.  The larger the blade the bigger the hole.  Larger blades are more difficult to control.  An extension can be purchased for power ice augers.

Hand Augers

Strike Master Mora Hand Ice Auger $49.99

  Early in the ice fishing season, many anglers carry a hand ice auger.  It easily cuts through 4″ – 6 ” of ice.  Hand augers are much more difficult to use than power augers.

  • It can be hard to start the hole with a hand auger.
  • It is difficult to turn the auger and hold it perpendicular to the ice.
  • Hand power often allows the auger to jam in the ice.
  • Hand augers can be difficult to pull from the ice.

But there are advantages to a hand auger

  • They are inexpensive ranging in price for about $35 to $175.
  • They are light weight.
  • They always run.
  • They are safe.
  • They are quiet.

                                     Ice Chisels

Many people still carry ice chisels.  They are very inexpensive and easy to haul.  Ice chisels can easily be made out of  threaded galvanized pipe and a strong chisel blade.  Lead can be melted inside each piece of pipe for added weight.

The main use for an ice chisel is testing ice.  Punching a hole every 3 strides can mean the difference between falling through thin ice and turning around.  I have lost a few ice chisels by putting too much force behind them.  With no They slipped out of my hand to the bottom of the lake.

Ice chisels are handy when a fishing hole has frozen over.   Some people prefer a long handled axe to an ice chisel.  An axe makings opening  frozen over hole more difficult.


Frabill Ice 2-Piece Chisel, 64-Inch $58.99 $57.25

 Ice fishing equipment ranges from the gas barbeque to a snow machine.  With all that you carry to the lake, you had better not forget an ice auger.  Power ice augers work the best on thick ice.  Hand augers are okay for thinner ice.  An ice chisel is a handy tool for testing the ice and clearing frozen holes.

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 Share your thoughts about this page.  Which kind of auger do you use?  Do you carry an ice chisel?  What’s the best ice fishing day you ever had?

Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods – Which

Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods – Which

If you haven’t tried ice fishing, you don’t know what you are missing.  You can sit in a shack.  You can run between fishing holes.  Watching ice fishing tip ups or jigging with a rod, its just fun.

Inside or Outside

In a Shack

Ice fishing tip ups and rods are used in a fishing shack.  If a tip up is used, its generally set as a second line while a rod is used a few few feet away.

Rods makes more sense in a shack.  You don’t have to go very far to tend a line.

Know you ice fishing regulations.  Ontario, Canada allows two ice fishing lines per person. But, they must be 60 feet apart. This makes multiple lines in a fishing shack impossible.

On Open Ice

Tip Ups make it easy to fish multiple lines. reports that one person can fish two holes at once in Minnesota.  In Massachusetts, up to 5 lines can be used at once.

ice fishing tip ups

On open ice, rods are braced so they are visible from a distance.   The bale is left open so the fish can take line.  Tip ups are more practical on open ice.

Which to Use

Ice Fishing Tip Ups

ice fishing tip upsTips ups are very simple.  They come in several styles but all work the same.

The base sits across the fishing hole. A fluttering flag signals a hit.

The line spool sits in the water.  When a fish strikes, the line pulls a trigger which trips the flag.  The spool lets the fish can run.  Line is pulled in hand over hand.

Ice fishing tip ups are light to carry.  They are easy to set up.  Price varies. You can set a tip up and relax.  You don’t even have to set the hook.  That is done with the tension that triggers the flag.

Ice Fishing Rods

You won’t be casting when you’re ice fishing.  You won’t be playing the fish when its hooked.  You drop your line straight down and pull the fish straight up.

Any rod will work for ice fishing.  Long rods are awkward.  You have to drop a long rod to pull the line by hand because dragging a fish onto the ice can knock it off the line.

An ice fishing rod should not be more than about 32″ inches long.  They are as short as 12″.  Most ice fishing rods come in a combination with a small reel.

 The flexibility of the rod is determined by the kind of fish you are after.

  • A light short rod is great for crappie, bass or trout.
  • A medium weight rod is a good for pickerel or northern pike,   It should be a bit longer for leverage.
  • The strongest rod you can find is a good idea for  muskie or lake trout.

Older rods can be made of fiberglass.  New rods are graphite.  They are both good choices.  I think a fiberglass rod is the most sensitive.

Carry the best ice fishing equipment you can.  You don’t need a reel that freezes solid.  You don’t want a rod that gets brittle and breaks.

Pick Your Spot – Be Safe

Check the Ice

Always check ice thickness.  Be careful early in the ice fishing season.  You can seafch for official reports about ice thickness.  Just google the name of your lake.   Checking popular lakes in the area will give a good indication of ice thickness of all lakes in the area.

Picture of thin ice provided by the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel -Central Maine. com

If you can’t find a report on your lake or river, check the ice before fishing. Poke a hole about every 10 feet moving away from the bank toward your fishing spot.

Go Where You Know

Ice fishing on a lake that you know will be most productive.  If you know where a drop off is located, set up just on the inner edge.  Put your sets along the ridge.  Finding cover for fish is not an issue with ice fishing.

Although fish move to shallower water in the winter, fishing where you are successful in the summer will work.

Go When You Don’t Know

Ice fishing on a lake or river that you don’t know takes patience.  Some people cut test holes to check the water depth.  Unless the ice is to the bottom, if you cut a hole you might as well fish.

Fish for awhile.  If nothing hits, go to another spot.  This is more difficult with a fish shack than on open ice.

Ice fishing, in a shack or on open ice, is fun.  Relaxing in a shack with a box or video is wonderful.  On open ice, you can sip a hot coffee or build a snowman.  Sometimes the action is fast.  Sometimes its slow.  Ice fishing is a great way to spend a winter day.

Take a moment to leave a comment below.  Do you ice fish in a shack or on open ice. Describe the most exciting ice fishing trip you have had.

Best Buys of the Year – Holiday Tackle Sales

Best Buys of the Year – Holiday Tackle Sales

Holiday Sales are some of the best buys of  the year.  Fishing equipment, camping equipment and even web hosting is on sale.


Best Buys of the Year

Wealthy Affiliate Sale

There is no better sale than something for FREE.    The WA Starter Membership is free.  The Premium Program is $49 monthly.  Paying for a year reduces that to $32 monthly.  Here are the Wealthy Affiliate services.  This chart compares the Free Starter Program Compared to the Monthly program.

Own the internet business of your dreams with all the services listed below for half the regular monthly price.

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Reel Sale

Have you ever ruined a day fishing because you didn’t have a second reel?  Now is the time to pick up a quality reel.  Use your old reel as a second.

These reels are from 15% – 60% off.  This is the time to get your high performance spinning or bait casting reel.





Rod Sale

A broken rod can wreck you day.  Buy a spare.  Here are a few that pack easily.  They are strong enough to fit but sensitive enough for fun.

Select rods are 20% – 50% through December.





Take a moment to share your thoughts about this page in the comment section below.  How many reels do you own?  Do you need one of these?  Could you use a telescoping rod as a spare or for traveling?

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Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

 Kids can fish as soon as they can hold a rod.  Size is most important when choosing the best beginner rod for a child.

Best Beginner Rod Size

Holding the rod is the first step to fishing.  Watching me, my kids wanted to hold a rod although they didn’t really know why.   They were holding a rod long before they could cast.  I would cast and give them the rod.

A rod between 2 and 3 feet long seems the best size.  Its the right length to  handle easily.  Its long enough to play a fish.

child-fishing with beginner rod

Two Starter Rod Styles

Mickey Mouse Combo by Shakespeare best beginner rod
Mickey Mouse Combo by Shakespeare

The Kid’s Caster is perfect for the toddler fisherman.  Its easy to grip with two hands. The rod is stiff so it won’t move around with a fish on.  If one little hand can hold the rod, the other can begin to reel.

The Mickey Rod is more advanced.  Its heavier and harder to hold.  It will have more action.

These are two of the many beginner rods available.

First Fishing Trip

The first fishing trip should be from dock or the shore. A piece of worm will catch blue gills and squeals of delight.  Tiny fisherman shouldn’t be pushed to do too much too fast.  Fun is the keyword.  Either type of beginner rod will start the fun.  Be sure you have a camera.

Why a Beginner Rod?

These plastic rods are durable.  They won’t break when walked on by little feet.  Being stuck into the ground  or in the branches won’t snap them.  Rod and reel are one piece so neither can be left behind.  Your minature fisherman looses the whole rod or nothing.

Bait casting reels take too much coordination.  Holding the line with the thumb and then releasing is hard for little hands.  Pushing the button is easy and understandable.  The little fisherman is pushing buttons on electronic toys all the time.  This button will be easy.

The closed faced reel eliminates knotted line.  Its not necessary to touch the line to cast.  Slack line won’t wrap around the reel.  The only problem my kids had was dropping rod and reel in the water.

Even if fishing isn’t really your child’s thing, trying it out will make great memories.

As easy as using the best beginner rod
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Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Fishermen love fishing tackle for a Christmas.  Single lures are great, but lure assortments are exciting.

Lure Assortment Value

The larger lure assortment the lower quality the lures.

Quality affects:

  • Action – the way the lure moves in the water.
  • Delivery – ease of casting
  • Durability – how long the lure lasts with normal use
  • Strike Success – how easily fish can take the lure
mepp's spin fly lure assortment
Mepp’s Spin Fly Lure Assortment
lure assortment
Fishing Lure’s Cicacada Lure Assortment
swim bait assortment
Maoka 4 pcs. swim bait lure assortment


Mepp’s 3pc trout spinner pac
assorted crank baits
Assorted Crankbaits


Salt Fish 6 pc spinner bait lure assortment
Fishing Lure’s Artificial Minnow Lure Assortment
Straw & Fishing Lure Assortment
wLure’s Top Water Frog Lure Assortment

Different Lure Assortments

Everyone has a favorite lure for each fishing spot.

Catch a few fish on a lure and its the favorite.   Assortments have many favorite lures.  There are lure assortments for every kind of fishing.

trout fishing assortment
Flies Direct’s Trout Fishing Assortment
Outdoor Planets 10pc Waterproof Fly Box


Wild Water’s 60 Assorted Fly Case


Some lure packs are very expensive.  You hate to loose the lures.

salt water lure assortment
Yogyet’s 10pc Saltwater Crankbait Lure Assortment
High Roller Fresh & Saltwater Lure Assortment




Maoka’s 4 PC Saltwater Crank Bait Set



Other sets are very inexpensive.  Expensive or not  is based on personal preference.  Some say, “The more lures the merrier.” But, other fishermen think that  a few quality lures are best.  You decide.


Great Christmas Gifts

Any one who loves fishing loves lures for Christmas.  Assortments fill up tackle boxes.  They provide plenty of “favorites”.  They eliminate frustration as lures as lures are lost.

The assortments on this page are examples of hundreds of assortments.  Click an assortment to purchase or scroll to see other choices.  To purchase any item, enter that item into the search bar.

Take a moment to share your thoughts about this page.  Do you like fishing gifts?  Would you like one expensive lure or a cheaper lure assortment?

WA and a lure assortment for Christmas/