Yesterday I was fishing in extreme heat and humidity, trolling for walleyes in 76-degree water. So when I tell you need to think about ice fishing in August, it isn’t because we need to try and mentally trick ourselves, I’m in no hurry for another polar vortex either.
Instead it is just a friendly reminder that we do need to think ahead and make sure all of our equipment is in tip-top shape. Probably the biggest thing that guys fail to do is periodically charge their flasher units. This will help ensure that you don’t have a dead battery when you actually need it.
By charging your ice fishing electronics a couple times in the off-season you will dramatically increase the lifespan of their batteries. This is also a good time to replace any batteries that may have seen their last season. You don’t want to try to get one once we get first-ice and realize that the shelves are already empty.
It’s at this time that I also like to take out my shanty and make sure no rodents decided they needed to chew through it and add a few extra windows. It happens!
I also like to pull out my gas auger and run some gas through it and make sure it’s all-good. If you do have an issue you want to get it looked at before all of the people flood the small engine shops with leaf and snow blowers.
They say preparation is the key to success, and “they” aren’t lying! With all of the equipment we fisherman have, we have a lot of preparing to do.
Capt. Ross Robertson