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Anglers interested in renting an icehouse from an owner on Rent My Icehouse

Are you interested in renting an icehouse for the day, a week, or by the hour? Here are some of the most common questions that we get.

Are ice houses safe?

They are, but there are certain cautions you should always take when driving or going out onto the ice.

When is it safe to start Ice Fishing this season?

Always check with the local bait shop or your state agency before going on the ice. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the ice is 4 inches thick. A general rule of thumb is ice is safe when it’s four inches thick, which usually occurs after a week’s worth of nights where the temperature is below freezing. Check with your state agency or local bait and tackle shop on ice conditions before heading out to ice fish. Once out near the lake or pond, always check the ice thickness before venturing out.

What gear should I bring to make the most out of my rental?

If you plan to fish a community spot or shanty town as long as the weather isn’t extremely cold, holes should be open so an auger isn’t necessary if you don’t already have one. And you can always ask to borrow one or have an angler drill a hole for you. Basic necessities include a fishing pole with spring bobber, small jigs, bait, bucket to sit on and warm clothes. Check with the owner of the rental icehouse to see what gear is included with your ice fishing icehouse rental.

What species of fish can I icefish for?

Shallow water weed beds in the Midwest predominantly have bluegills and often crappies. Perch are usually found in colder deeper lakes especially in the Dakotas. Tip up fisherman using minnows or roaches for bait will be targeting larger species like Northern Pike or Muskellunge.

What are some signs above the water that may help identify if fish are below?

If the ice is covered in snow, look for holes that have already been created. These probably had some good activity already. In a shanty town of fished holes (group of houses clumped near each other) check the ones that look like they have been fished the most.

Live bait or artificial lures?

Generally, live bait will almost always outperform artificial bait. Always start with a few maggots. Fine tune the number of maggots from one to a full hook depending on what the fish prefer. We prefer plastics though because they never die and have multiple colors and sizes. Remember that you do not want your maggots to freeze, so consider keeping them in a tightly closed container in a pack or close to your body so they do not freeze.

What other activities can I do on the ice or with the family when Renting an Icehouse

Kids love to play on the ice and in the snow. Most of the time it’s not necessary to have other activities planned. They will find a way to have fun. Family gatherings are always more fun outside when there is hot food. So bring a grill along and cook some hot dogs. Plan to make friends and bring along plenty of extras.

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Tips and Guides for Ice fishing

Safety tips, fishing guides, and icehouse registration/fishing license resources

Fishing terms, A to Z

Terms familiar to some can be foreign to others. If you’re an avid angler, terms like jig, sinker, trolling and crank baits are common. To a novice or casual angler, however, they might make no sense at all. If you’re in the latter group you might find the following list of fishing terms helpful.

Angler/angling: Fishing with a hook and line. Angling is another word for fishing and an angler is a person who fishes.

Backlash: Tangled fishing line on a bait casting fishing reel. Tangled fishing line is also referred to as a bird’s nest.

Bait: Food, or some substitute, used to lure in fish. Live bait includes worms, minnows, insects, crabs, etc.

Bait casting: Fishing with a revolving spool reel and bait casting rod. The reel is mounted on the topside of the rod.

Bobber: A device that is attached to fishing line designed to float on top of the water. Their purpose is to keep the bait off the lake bottom and signal a fish bite by “bobbing” on the water. Also called a “float,” they come in various shapes and sizes.

Buzz bait: A large bait with propeller-type blades that churn when retrieved on top of the water.

Catch and release: After catching a fish, rather than keeping it, the angler unhooks and quickly returns the fish to the water. The practice of catch and release is used as a conservation technique.

Crank bait: Minnow-like lure with a lip that causes the lure to dive under water during the retrieve; usually made from plastic or balsa wood.

Drifting: A method of fishing where the angler allows the boat to drift in the wind. Usually involves using live bait.

Flies: Lures made from fur, hair, feathers or synthetics tied to hooks. They are intended to resemble insects, larvae or minnows and used in fly-fishing.

Fly-fishing: A fishing technique where anglers use a special light, springy fishing rod (called a fly rod) to cast either live or imitation flies tied to a hook. A preferred trout-fishing method.

Jerk bait: A soft or hard plastic bait resembling a small fish. The usual fishing technique for this bait is to use quick jerks to resemble a bait fish.

Jigs/jigging: Jigs are lures with a weighted head and a fixed hook often dressed with fur, feathers, or a plastic body/tail. Live bait can be added to the hook. Jigging is a technique in which the jig is moved up and down frequently.

Leader: Length of monofilament, wire or other stranded material tied between the end of the line and the lure or hook. Provides extra strength and guards against abrasion from sharp teeth or rough mouths of fish.

Life jacket: Minnesota law requires one accessible and wearable life jacket for each person on board a boat. Throwable devices, such as buoyant cushions, are no longer acceptable primary lifesaving devices.  For more information, check the Boating Guide  PDF

Livewell: Compartment in a boat that holds water, used to keep caught fish alive. To prevent transport of harmful invasive species from one lake or river to another, drain water from livewell while on land before leaving any waterbody. In Minnesota it is illegal to transport harmful invasive species.

Lures: Artificial bait made to resemble live bait.

Plugs: Type of lure made of wood, plastic or rubber and designed to imitate small minnows, fish, frogs, bugs, etc. Can be either floating or sinking.

Reel: Mechanical device that holds fishing line and is attached to a fishing rod. There are various types of reels, most notably spin-casting, spinning, bait-casting and fly-casting. Many beginners choose a spin-casting reel because they are easy to use and less prone to tangling

Rod: The pole part of a fishing pole. Usually made of fiberglass, graphite or composite materials, rods come in various lengths and strengths. Different types of rods can be used for fly fishing, spinning, spin casting, and bait casting.

Sinker: Weight used to keep lures from floating up in the water. Sinkers come in different weights, shapes, and types.

Slip-sinker: A sinker that slides up and down on the line rather than being locked in place.

Snap/snap swivel/swivel: A snap is a hook-shaped piece of wire with a clasp that is tied to a fishing line. A lure is attached to the snap. Snap swivels are the same concept but also help prevent line twisting.

Split-shot sinker: Small round weight that’s split open on one side. It is placed directly on the fishing line and then pinched together to hold the sinker in place. Preferred sinker for the novice angler.

Strike: A pull on the fishing line signaling that a fish attempting to take the lure or bait. Also called a “hit.”

Trolling: Fishing from a moving boat. The bait is cast behind the boat and the motor is kept in forward gear at a slow speed. Back-trolling is an alternative technique in which the boat motor is put in reverse. This allows the boat operator to make sharper turns to follow changes in lake bottom structure and helps to keep fishing lines from tangling. Live or crank baits are preferred for this type of fishing.

Zebra Mussels: Zebra mussels are an invasive species that foul beaches, interfere with food webs, smother native mussels, clog water intakes and are linked to fish and wildlife die-offs. Mussels attach to boat hulls, fishing equipment, nets and boat lifts. They can be transported on those materials or aquatic plants that remain on marine equipment and fishing tackle. Microscopic larvae may be carried in the water of undrained bait buckets or livewells. It is illegal to import, possess, transport and/or introduce zebra mussels into the wild.