Early Ice Fishing Essentials

Quality ice fishing products for thin ice.

Winter is here, which means ice fishing season has officially kicked off. But with early-season fishing comes dangerous conditions, so before you head out onto thin ice make sure you have all the necessary equipment to stay safe. Check out these top-selling Ice Shelters, Electric Augers, Jet Sleds and Safety Accessories to prepare for your early ice adventures.

Lightweight Shelters

Eskimo Sierra Ice Fishing Shelter, 2 person

Eskimo Sierra Ice Fishing Shelter, 2 person

Easy to set-up and hard to be without.

Keeping your equipment lightweight is key for thinner ice excursions. Guide Gear and Eskimo offer excellent Ice Shelters that meet the necessary weight requirements without sacrificing warmth or durability.

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Lightweight Augers

ION 8" Gen 3 Alpha Plus 40V 4Ah Lithium-Ion Electric Ice Auger, Composite Bit

ION 8" Gen 3 Alpha Plus 40V 4Ah Lithium-Ion Electric Ice Auger, Composite Bit


ION's Gen 3 Electric Ice Augers have everything you need for your first trip out on the hardwater. The long-lasting lithium battery and lightweight design make them a great choice. These augers will get the job done quick without weighing you down.

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Shappell Jet Sleds

Eagle Claw Shappell Jet Sled HD 1 Sled

Eagle Claw Shappell Jet Sled HD 1 Sled

Heavy-duty hauler for extreme conditions.

The trek across frozen water with all your gear can be exhausting, so make it easy to carry your gear across slippery terrain. These Shappell Jet Sleds are perfect for transporting equipment with ease. They're made with durable polyethylene and equipped with molded runners and a tow rope for effortless gliding.

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Safety first...

Safety Accessories

Make sure you're stocked with these tools that can get you out of a tight spot. Clam Floating Ice Picks are a simple tool that make it easy to pull yourself from the water. Keep them around your neck and they may just save your neck.

The Rapala Ice Chisel is perfect for puncturing ice to test the thickness, so you know when it's safe to start fishing. They are made from welded steel and have a foam-coated handle to help give you a good grip with plenty of power.

Add extra peace of mind with a personal flotation device like this Guide Gear 24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable PFD. It will inflate upon submersion and provides buoyancy 2x as high as standard foam vests. Plus, it's compact and comfortable enough for all day wear.

Find flotation apparel that fits you best. This Eskimo Men's Keeper Waterproof Insulated Jacket with Uplyft will keep you comfortable and warm while offering added assurance should the ice crack.