Ice fishing alone can be very dangerous because there is not anyone to rescue you if needed. It is much safer to go with 2 or more other people.
Going with others has advantages:
- Someone to talk to
- More action with more rods
- Help with carrying equipment
- Someone to pull you out of water or go for help
- Help drilling holes in ice
- Get 2nd opinion of ice depth
It may seem scary to go out by yourself, but it can be very safe as long as you follow all precautions needed. If ice fishing alone, make sure to use common sense and good judgment when venturing out onto the ice. Make sure your friend or friends know where you are going before you leave. This will prevent them from worrying and help you out if something happens to you while ice fishing.
If you are experienced with ice fishing, use your knowledge as a guide when going out on your own. If this is your first time ever going ice fishing, do not go alone. Make sure to have a friend or family member who is experienced with ice fishing with you so they can go too.
They will be able to show you how everything is done and teach you the basics of ice fishing, including what equipment you need to bring, where the best places are to set up, and most importantly how to avoid danger.
Should you ice fish alone?
Many people enjoy ice fishing when they are by themselves. If you have your own shelter, it makes for a great place to stay all day while the fish are biting. It’s also good if you want to do some relaxing time by yourself in nature instead of taking part in an activity with others.
If you must go alone, then wear a life vest and bring a cell phone and do not go out after dark. Also make sure ice is very thick, and leave your vehicle on shore.
When going out on your own to fish, you will need the same equipment as if you were going with others. Here is a list of all of the equipment you will usually need: bucket, auger or drill if you are drilling your own holes, ice fishing jigs or tip-ups, fish house or shelter, hand auger or spud bar for removing the ice if necessary, extra clothing in case something happens.
Ice fishing alone can be very dangerous
If you do not follow the proper safety procedures. If something goes wrong, or if you lose your balance and fall through the ice, it could be very hard for anyone to find you in time.
Sometimes when ice fishing alone, people with experience lose their lives due to poor safety precautions. If you would like to ice fish alone, make sure to take all of the proper safety precautions.
Safety tips when ice fishing alone
1. Always check the thickness of the ice before going out onto it. You can do this by using a spud bar, auger or chisel to drill a hole into the ice. The thickness should be no less than 4 inches and the thicker the better, see this guide.
2. Take all precautions possible not to go out on thin ice or save your fishing spot in case someone else comes. Do not go out onto thin ice unless there is no other possible way to get back on solid ice.
3. Do a roll call before getting onto the ice and try to have at least 2 people going with you. Make sure all of the people in your group know how to swim just in case they fall through the ice.
4. Dress for the weather while ice fishing. Wear at least 3 layers of clothing and make sure to cover all of your skin that is not covered by clothes with sunscreen or some kind of lip balm. This will help you avoid getting sunburned, frostbite, or hypothermia.
5. Never go alone on the ice no matter how experienced you are. You can still lose your balance and fall through the ice, so it’s best to have someone there with you who is experienced just in case.
6. Every time you start to fish, check all of your gear before you get onto the ice. Make sure your rods are not tangled or stuck together. Check all of your lines for any kind of knots or snags.
7. Get away from the hole you are fishing in as soon as possible after catching a fish. If you stay by the hole, you might get too cold and make it harder for your body to warm itself up again. You can also scare away any fish near your hole if you stay there too long.
8. Take all of your belongings back to shore with you after fishing, including your bucket, shovel and any other equipment that you brought. Make sure not to leave anything on the ice or it could freeze into the ice for good.
9. Use common sense when going out onto the ice alone or with others. Think about what would happen if something happened to you while you were out on the ice. If it isn’t safe, do not go out onto the ice.
Equipment needed for ice fishing alone
When going out on your own to fish, you will need the same equipment as if you were going with others. Here is a list of all of the equipment you will usually need: bucket, auger or drill if you are drilling your own holes, ice fishing jigs or tip-ups, fish house or shelter, hand auger or spud bar for removing the ice if necessary, extra clothing, cell phone, and a life vest in case something happens.