VT Fishing Guide To Getting Started With Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is one way to get someone started in fishing as a sport. What I like about ice fishing is you don’t need a lot of gear to get started. As a VT Fishing Guide, I recommend for beginners to get your gear at your local fishing shop or Walmart. 

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Get Your License

The next step is getting your Vermont or New Hampshire fishing license, and you’re going to need an auger to get through the ice. Augers for ice fishing come in a variety of sizes. You really don’t need a high powered auger unless you plan on spending a lot of time on the ice in a hut. Start off with an inexpensive hand auger in the six to eight-inch range. 

 

Choose Your Pole

Now you need to choose a fishing pole for your ice fishing adventures. A simple ice fishing pole will do unless you want to spend the money on a fancy one. A tip-up is a simple trap that allows you to set a sinker and minnow to fish. Once the fish below the ice take the bait, the flag pops up alerting you that you caught a fish. 

 

Bait, Bait

Next item on the list is a set of warm clothes and an ice scooper. Don’t forget to dress warm, bring lots of snacks and drinks. You might be thinking that earthworms would be the perfect bait, for ice fishing because that is what you used the rest of the year. For ice fishing live bait like minnows is ideal. That is what the fish naturally eat during the winter season. 

Stay Warm

Clothing is crucial when you are out in the elements during cold weather on a slab of ice. Make sure you dress in layers. A good pair of insulated underwear, insulated snow pants, and a heavy winter jacket is a must. Don’t forget your fingers and face! There are many types of gloves on the market. Most people find that fingered gloves tend to leak more heat than mitten/glove combo. Bring an extra set of gloves and a head sock. The head sock will allow you to keep your face and head warm without being too cumbersome. 

 

To Shelter / No Shelter

Of course, using a shelter is preferred for ice fishing because it protects you from the elements like snow, freezing rain, etc.. 

There are many different types of portable shelters on the market today including flip overs, hub style, and cabin style. For your first time out fishing go with a VT Fishing Guide or rent a hut to see if it is worth investing in for the future. 

 

Test The Ice

Don’t take it for granted that the ice is thick enough to fish on. Many people make the fatal mistake that just because it is cold out that the ice is strong enough to support your weight. They even go to the lengths of driving vehicles on the ice without checking first. Many have lost their cars to the bottom of a lake because of this simple procedure. 

Pick a spot on the ice that is not to close to anyone else and drill a hole and measure the thickness of the ice. You can also check at your local tackle and bait shop to see what the current thickness of the ice is. 

The most important thing to remember about ice fishing is having fun. You may not catch a ton of fish, but enjoy the sport and fellowship with friends and family. Of course, the added bonus is bringing home a big fish for dinner! 

H.Q. Nguyen
H.Q. Nguyen
June 30, 2024.
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I’ve never been into fishing. I own a 22’ fishing boat that is docked in our town marina on the Long Island sound and have hardly ever gone fishing in it over the last 8 yrs that I’ve had it. Went for a guys weekend to Woodstock VT and booked a fishing trip with Stay Bent. Keith gave us a first class “American Express Platinum” fishing experience. Besides being the Yoda about fishing, he took care of us in every way. From making sure we caught fish to showing us how to use different fishing rods and bait, Keith was nothing less than a pro. He was also a true gentleman and went out of his way to make sure we had a great and beautiful experience. I now like fishing, a lot, thanks to Keith. Going to make this an annual trip with Stay Bent. Cheers Keith.
Bram Hall
Bram Hall
May 7, 2024.
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Keith is just a killer fishing guide. He took me and my wife to Lake Bomoseen. Put us on some monster largemouth bass. Helped my wife as she is learning and helped me with some subtle pointers so I learned quite a bit too. Knows how to find fish -- figured out what the fish liked in one cove and then went to a cove with similar water conditions and we had another strong run of fish.
Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
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My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
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My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
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Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
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Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
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If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
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I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
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Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.

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