Let’s face it, being out on the can sometimes include long periods of waiting for the fish to decide to bite, or in just patiently trying different lures and bait to get some fishing action. In the cold weather even short waits can seem like an eternity, but being warm and comfortable in your own ice fishing house can make all the difference in the world.
An ice fishing house is designed to be a permanent shelter, at least for a season, and is not designed to be mobile or portable like a shanty or ice fishing shelter is. Ice fishing houses often are build on trailer frames and are permanently mounted to the frame to allow anglers to simple hook the trailer hitch to the truck and drive out on the ice to locate the ice fishing house in a good location. Ice fishing houses may also be on skids or on a sled like base that allows for easy towing onto the ice.
Some of the more “creature comforts” available in a permanently located ice fishing house include:
o Bench seats or even padded couches for comfort when monitoring the ice fishing holes.
o Propane, natural gas or wood heaters that are vented and properly mounted off the ground in the ice fishing house to allow for temperature adjustment and constant temperature maintenance.
o Cooking area including a stove, table and even electrical lighting that can run off of car batteries or off of an inverter hooked to a generator or car engine for recharging.
o Gas powered generators for all the electrical power required. All that is needed is a can of gasoline brought to the ice fishing house when required.
o Fully stocked supplies for first aid, food and additional gear and supplies.
o Sleeping area for weekend or overnight stays.
Basically an ice fishing house can be as Spartan or as deluxe as the angler wishes. It is important to consider the weight of the ice fishing house and to monitor the ice conditions at all times to prevent weakening or damaging the ice under the house potentially leading to risks of breaking through the ice. Ice fishing houses need to be removed off the ice at the first signs of spring thaw as most locations will require the owner or renter to pay for the recovery of the house should it sink into the lake.