Ice Safety Kits – must haves for a safe winter out on hard water.


Ok – you all know I love ice fishing more than any activity, and winter is the time of year that I look forward to more than any other time of year (colder it is, the happier I am). The beginning of the season, however, is something I dread. Weird things happen to even the most experienced and safe ice anglers – and even though we can be as prepared as possible, accidents do happen. I know this more than I’d like to – but they do.

If you are into ice fishing, or love someone who is, here is my list of MUST have items (and some splurges) for building an ice fishing safety kit. Some are for if you go in, some are for after you do go in, and some are so you don’t hit your head! I have no preferences really on brands, but this is my go to list. (And remember Christmas is almost here 😉 ).

Important:  Practice using these items and know what you are doing with them!  {Here’s a video from Pike Pole that you might find useful}

Ice picks – get one in every color, know how to use them.

Throw bag. Know how to use it – and make sure it is not in knots!

Spud bar  – for breaking and testing ice.

Emergency Whistle

Compass – if it’s foggy

Water activated strobe

Microspikes for your shoes.

Life vest for early ice.


Emergency blanket

Want to splurge?  Get a Mustang suit and an emergency beacon!

And don’t forget a change of clothes!

A note:

A word on float suits. Yes – they are an awesome invention, but they sometimes give a false sense of security! Float suits do not replace common sense. Don’t push it because you think your suit is going to save you. Hypothermia and heart conditions don’t care if you have float suit on…

That being said, have fun!  I will see you all out on the ice this winter – and maybe at the St Paul Ice Show if you are there!

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3 Comments on Ice Safety Kits – must haves for a safe winter out on hard water.

  1. DJ
    November 28, 2017 at 6:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you

  2. Jeff Shannon
    November 30, 2017 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Great information, Hannah. Thanks for the post. I would add one more thing to the list– A thermos of something warm to drink– Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Soup… If one does show early signs of hypothermia, it could stave off its progression.

  3. Jeff Shannon
    November 30, 2017 at 11:25 am (4 years ago)

    Apologies for the apostrophe in “it’s”… Should have proofed…