If you’re ready to brave the cold weather and enjoy a sport, you’ll want to look for an ice fishing house that can protect you from nature’s elements. There are several features that will help you to make a good choice.
There are two types of ice fishing houses. One type is a temporary, portable shelter and is the most common. This is perfect if you’re interested in the sport, but you’re on a budget or if you’re new to ice fishing and not ready to make a big investment.
The second type of ice fishing house is an RV style house that has amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom, beds, and built in ice fishing holes. These are usually on a trailer that can be pulled to your fishing site.
One of the first considerations when shopping for an ice fishing house is budget. There’s a wide range of costs associated with these shelters and the features you’ll get will depend on how much you’re willing to spend. In general, you’ll find that shelters cost between $150 and $1000. The RV style house will cost several thousand dollars. Here we will focus on the temporary shelter.
Once you’ve narrowed your budget, you’ll want to look for features that improve your experience. For example, you’ll want a shelter that’s quick and easy to set up and take down. You don’t want to spend your whole time on the ice setting up your shelter when you could be fishing instead.
You’ll want your shelter to be wind resistant and water resistant. Obviously the point of having a shelter is to protect you from the elements. It will do you no good to have a shelter that still allows the elements to come in.
Next you’ll need to decide how many doors and windows you’d like for your shelter. That’s a matter of personal preference. Ice fishing houses usually have two to six windows inside them. This allows you to peak outside and to have a source of natural light. The number of doors will depend on how many people are in your group.
It’s important to make sure your shelter as a strong anchoring system to protect you when you’re experiencing high winds. Some shelters have extra features such as areas that secure your gear, floors, and insulation that protects you from the elements even further. When looking for an ice fishing house, you’ll need to consider the features you need and the price you can afford.