Those of us who live where the winters get nasty and the lakes freeze over don’t let the cold stop us. We gear up our ATV for ice fishing and get outside.
Southerners might think we’re nuts, but those of us fortunate enough to live where the lakes freeze over enough to venture out on for some winter-time hard-water fishing know that ATVs make a great way to carry all of the gear needed for a day on the lake. “You’re not really going to go out on a few inches of ice to fish, are you?” Sure we are! It’s a great time to go, catch some fish and have a good time. Besides, what else are we going to do? If you want to gear up your ATV for ice season, here are some of the best and most useful products you can get to make things a little easier for yourself.
Kolpin Rhino Grips
One of the places you should start is with a set of Kolpin’s excellent Rhino Grips. These simple-to-mount-anywhere grips give you a secure area to hold and carry things like an ice spud, or a hand auger. They’ll also come in handy year round for carrying shovels, axes, firearms and bows.
Kolpin Auger Boot
You might notice a Kolpin item or two on this list. That’s because they work hand-in-hand with ice fishing gurus to develop products that work specifically for the sport. The Stronghold Ice Auger Boot is the perfect way to carry a power auger on your ATV. It holds an 8- to 10-inch auger and allows for quick access when you’re trying to get the holes drilled and the lines in the water.
If you’ve ever pulled a sled or shanty behind your machine out onto the ice, you may have noticed that having a rope anywhere near your spinning wheels is just a bad idea. This Tow Bar from Digger eliminates that problem. It bolts onto an ice sled or ice shanty and connects to your ATV’s hitch to make towing easy and safe.
Any ice angler knows just how important a good five-gallon bucket is. It can carry your smaller gear, minnows and more. It even doubles as a seat. Having a secure way to carry your buckets onto the ice is important, too, and that’s where this Bucket Holder comes in to play. It can also adapt to carry propane tanks, some coolers and more.
When there’s a layer of snow on the ice, you can usually move right along with no problems. It’s when the lake is a glare of ice that problems can come up. The easy fix it to get some of these Kimpex ice studs for the tires and get some instant traction. It doesn’t take much to get things moving in the right direction, just make sure you get studs that aren’t too long for the tread on your tires.
Your comfort is also an important part of ice fishing. You’re going to get cold, but you don’t need to add anything on top of that. An ATV Windshield, like this one from PowerMadd, can help keep the wind off your hands and face, and make the ride out and back in much more comfortable.