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I am just starting out in ice fishing. I want to know what is the best way to get started and what do i need?

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  • dbramley
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    well ice would be good, and an ice pole and some bait

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  • Mistershoaf
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    Get a Mora Auger. Getting through the ice quickly mean more fishing and more mobility. If your not catching fish you need to move. Common Ice fishing mistake is not moving. Keeps the blood warm and betters your chances. Anyway, Mora makes a great product. Keep the blades sharp.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Region 8 Ice Fishing
    Ice Fishing in Chemung County
    Ice Fishing in Livingston County
    Ice Fishing in Monroe County
    Ice Fishing in Ontario County
    Ice Fishing in Orleans County
    Ice Fishing in Schuyler County
    Ice Fishing in Seneca County
    Ice Fishing in Steuben County
    Ice Fishing in Wayne County
    Ice Fishing in Yates County.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Region 7 Ice Fishing
    Ice Fishing in Broome County
    Ice Fishing in Cayuga County
    Ice Fishing in Chenango County
    Ice Fishing in Cortland County
    Ice Fishing in Madison County
    Ice Fishing in Onondaga County
    Ice Fishing in Oswego County
    Ice Fishing in Tioga County
    Ice Fishing in Tompkins County.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Region 6 Ice Fishing
    Ice Fishing Perch Lake
    Ice Fishing in Region 6.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Region 5 Ice Fishing
    Clinton County Ice Fishing
    Essex County Ice Fishing
    Franklin County Ice Fishing
    Fulton County Ice Fishing
    Hamilton County Ice Fishing
    Saratoga County Ice Fishing
    Warren County Ice Fishing
    Washington County Ice Fishing.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Region 3 Ice Fishing
    Ice Fishing in Dutchess County
    Ice Fishing In Orange County
    Ice Fishing in Putnam County
    Ice Fishing in Rockland County
    Ice Fishing in Sullivan County
    Ice Fishing in Ulster County
    Ice Fishing in Westchester County.

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  • rudyglove27
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    And, last but not least, the fishing regulations...
    In New York State, general angling regulations limit anglers to two jigging lines (or hand lines) and five tip-ups in most waters. Each tip-up must be marked with the operator's name and address; the operator must be in immediate attendance when the lines are in the water. Since special regulations apply on many waters, review the current fishing regulations guide when planning an ice fishing trip - and don't forget your current year's fishing license. To identify good ice fishing waters in the area where you plan to fish, contact the DEC Regional Fisheries Office for that area.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Ice safety...
    Safe ice is the number one consideration. A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. Ice thickness, however, is not uniform on any body of water. The guidelines presented here are based on clear, blue, hard ice on non-running waters. Remember, your own good judgement is essential!

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  • rudyglove27
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    Clothing...
    For safe ice fishing outings, anglers need to be well prepared. Proper clothing is critical because most people do not move around much while ice fishing. Dress warmly, paying extra attention to your head, feet and hands - dressing in layers is essential.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Ice Fishing Methods...
    Ice fishing methods include "jigging" with short, light fishing rods and using tip-ups. There are many different kinds of jigging poles and tip-ups. Much of the equipment is easy to make.
    Jigging involves the use of a jigging rod or hand line and a small jigging spoon or lure which is often "sweetened" with a piece of bait. The jig is designed to dart around in different directions when it is jerked up and down by the angler.
    The tip-up is basically a spool on a stick holding a baited line suspended through a hole in the ice. When the bait - usually a minnow - is taken by a fish, the pull on the line releases a signal, such as a red flag.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Cutting the Ice...
    Getting through the ice is not as hard as it might seem. There are a variety of tools available that make this "essential task" fairly simple. Perhaps the simplest is an old-fashioned "spud" bar which your grandfather may have used on his ice fishing trips. Spuds are often the cheapest way to cut a hole in the ice and work reasonably well on ice up to about a foot thick. Hand-powered augers, which are slightly more expensive than spud bars, are easy to operate and offer the best all-around compromise for moderate ice conditions. Try to purchase an auger appropriate to the species of fish that you are seeking. Anglers who fish for yellow perch, sunfish and other pan fish frequently favor ice augers 4", 5" or 6" in diameter because of their light weight and the speed that they bore through the ice. Anglers who fish for larger fish, such as trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon and northern pike, frequently prefer an ice auger which will make a larger hole -- an appreciated feature during the often-tricky landing of these large fish. But remember, cutting an 8" hole requires the removal of almost twice as much ice as a 6" hole, so don't buy an ice auger much bigger than you will need. For the avid ice angler or for thicker, more extreme ice conditions, more expensive, gas-powered augers provide the ultimate in speed and convenience, albeit at a sacrifice in weight and portability. Power augers come in diameters up to 10" and the size of the hole makes little difference in the speed or difficulty of cutting the hole.

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  • rudyglove27
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    The Waters . . .
    Most all ponds and lakes offer ice fishing potential. Their characteristics define the kinds of fish that may be caught. Large, shallower ponds and lakes favor species such as chain pickerel, northern pike, yellow perch and sunfish. Deepwater lakes need to be fished selectively to get good catches of northern pike, walleye or lake trout. Brown trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon, where they may legally be taken, are often found in deep lakes, which provide necessary cool temperatures in the summertime. However, when these lakes are ice-covered, trout are frequently caught while cruising just a few feet under the ice. The local tackle shop where you purchase your bait should be able to advise you on where fish are currently being caught.

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  • rudyglove27
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    Ice Fishing Basics:
    For a first trip, try to pick an opportune weather day -- remember those blustery January days will soon fade into mild February and spring-like March days which often provide some of the most productive ice fishing of the season. Whatever the day you decide to go ice fishing, be sure to check the ice for safety.

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  • Skeeb
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    Jigging poles, jigs, wax worms, tip ups, minnows, and the most important ice fishing tool, a case of beer!

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