Ice Fishing Safety Tips

Following a few simple safety tips will keep you safe while ice fishing.

Now that the holiday hustle and bustle has gone by, it’s time for the January and February freeze ““ and that means ice fishing season! Spring will be here in the blink of a sunny eye, so we need to make the most out of our frozen ponds and lakes and get some ice fishing in. Sure, it’s chilly outside, but getting out on the ice with a few buddies, packing ice fishing gear, sandwiches, and our Fishing Sunglasses sounds like a great day to us! Here’s what you need to stay safe on the ice.

  • There must be a minimum of 4 inches of solid ice. Remember ““ there can be ice a foot thick in one area and only an inch thick a few feet away. As you start to walk out on the ice, measure the depth of the ice every few feet to ensure the ice is thick enough to hold you and your party.
  • Examine the ice quality in detail. You need to be able to quickly sweep the quality of the ice and ensure there are no cracks, air bubbles, or fissures in the ice. Wear blue-tinted polarized fishing sunglasses to add clarity against the bright white of the ice. The Blue Tinted Edge Dakura Polarized Safety Glasses are ideal for ice fishing.
  • Never ice fish alone. There’s always the chance that ice can crack, you could fall and get hurt, a fishing lure could penetrate your skin or eyes, etc. Having a friend with you not only makes fishing more enjoyable, but can be a lifesaver in the event of an accident.
  • Resist driving on the ice. It’s so tempting to take a truck or ATV out on the ice to haul all of your equipment, but this is how so many falling-through-the-ice stories start. If you absolutely must, make sure the ice is at least five to six inches thick, and be prepared to have a plan of action ready should the ice crack.
  • Leave the beer at home. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol doesn’t warm you up ““ it increases your chances for hyperthermia. It also makes you more susceptible to doing something you’d regret, like walking out on the ice without checking how thick it is, or losing your footing and falling on the ice. Save the alcohol for when you get home and tell all those fish tales!

We think there’s no better way to enjoy all four seasons than by spending them outside, and ice fishing gets you back out enjoying your favorite pastime even in the cold of winter. Yet, ice can never be considered exactly “safe”, and it’s vital that you follow ice fishing safety tips to the letter when you’re stepping on the ice this winter. Remember to pack your blue-tinted polarized Fishing Sunglasses as just another layer of protection for a fantastic day on the ice!