Ice-fishing clothing has come a long way in the last few years. Brands such as Ice Armor are available that have their entire line tailored specifically for the demands of cold weather and with features for ice fishing.
While your body may be easier to keep warm with this clothing, I personally still struggle at times to keep my hands and feet warm. Blame it on low circulation or just being a wimp, Iget cold hands and feet frequently. The hands can be an easy fix with heaters or disposable hands warmer packs, but feet can be much more difficult.
For this reason I always have a “foot board” in my Clam shack. No, I am not the first one to do this, but amazingly a lot of anglers that fish with me in the winter are new to the concept of keeping your feet off of the ice. Putting a slight barrier between your boots and the ice will keep you much warmer than if you have nothing at all. If you aren’t one that gets super cold feet you may be able to just get away with a scrap piece of carpet.
Take a peek at the video below to see the kneel board I made with scrap parts laying around.
Capt. Ross Robertson