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Ready for some winter sport hook-ups? – Getting ready for ice-fishing

The words “winter” and “activity” combined might seem to counter the very definition of “quiet” in many cases, when people talk about outdoor activities in the winter. Let’s face it, if we want to stay cozy during the winter months, you are better off just sitting on a big sofa sipping hot chocolate.

In the season where everything is frozen stiff outside, how can you spice up your winter hook-up game and get some serious actions going, quietly and peacefully?

Ice-fishing is a sport that turns the silence of winter into mind-calming moments. If you live in a place with snow and lakes, you have a chance to break the ice and have a really close look at what ice fishing could bring you during these upcoming winter months.

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Unlike fishing in other seasons, ice fishing techniques are highly specialized. With so many layers, it’s best not to swing one’s arms too much. If things like “ice shanty,” “auger” and “chisel” sound alien to you, you are not alone.

This winter activity can either be solitary or social, but ice-fishing is all about catching the fish with lines and fish hooks through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water, such as river or lake. With Flathead Lake, Georgetown Lake and Canyon Ferry Lake alike, Montanans are blessed with these beautiful landscapes that can be used for ice-fishing.

Besides the 94 million acres of opportunities, ice-fishing is very helpful in easing the stressed mind and is therapeutic to people suffering from depression and anxiety. It all depends on your personal approach to it. If you would rather go with your family or friends, or simply go alone, you can get your ice mobile ready, head over to a fish house, and treat yourself with the calming experiences of ice-fishing.

Modern ice-fishing makes the once complex work easy and simple. All you need is a small, light fishing rod with brightly-colored lures, such as wax worms, and an electric-powered ice-drill (auger) for drilling holes in the ice. If you’re serious about it, it is crucial to gather up information from the locals on specific fish you want to catch beforehand. A handheld GPS and sonar system will also pinpoint your next fishes. It’s up to you if you want to go pro and get the gear.

Now if you feel enticed by this attractive winter sport, there’s just a few things that you need to look out for. If you decided to build a personal ice hut, getting to know the local fishing regulations on how to properly build and use the hut is very important. Checking out the thickness of ice layer is also essential before you set your feet on it.

So get your gear on and dress warmly! The open season for your next winter sport hook-up has just started!

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