Ice fishing is a great way to beat those winter doldrums and enjoy winter in Connecticut. Get some exercise all the while spending quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors! Here are some pointers to enjoy the ice while being SAFE. Want to see more? Check out our Ice Fishing video, then take aFREE Learn to Ice Fish class.
- Never assume any ice is safe, there is no 100% guarantee. Check the thickness of the ice at the shoreline and every 10-20 feet as you head out.
- Carry safety gear like hand held ice spikes, a whistle, a personal flotation device, a cell phone, and a throw-able rope.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be off the ice.
- Dress in a series of layers (avoid cotton if possible) and have a windproof outer layer.
- Wear warm socks, preferably wool, and waterproof boots.
- A hat, mittens, and sunglasses are a must.
- Make it an event – pack food and drinks, some even bring a portable stove to make warm food and heat up water for hot chocolate!
- Multi-task, if conditions permit, with ice skating, snow shoeing, or throwing a football or frisbe.