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Gifts for Ice Fisherman

17 Cool Gifts for Ice Fisherman

If you know a guy who is thrilled about ice fishing and you are wondering what to get him for his next ice fishing adventure, we can help.

We’ve carefully selected 12 items you can get for an ice fisherman. But before we dive into this gift list, here are a few things you need to remember.

  • As fun as ice fishing may be, it can be potentially dangerous. His safety is paramount. A good ice fishing gear/attire is important for an ice fisherman.
  • The thrill of ice fishing is in the reward; He wants to successfully catch fishes. Therefore, having the right tools/kit is important.
  • Most times, ice fishing is all about hanging out with some friends and making new acquaintances. It’s a social event. Getting items that will enable him to entertain other people is a plus.

We’ve considered these important points and have selected items that embrace them, to guide you in your gift selection.

ICE FISHING KITS

There are a number of fishing tools/kits an ice fisherman needs and he will definitely appreciate any as a gift.

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1. FISHING ROD REEL COMBO

You can get a Tailored Tackle Ice Fishing Rod Reel combo. The medium-light power rod is perfect for catching Walleye, Perch, Trout and Pan fishes and it is also very sensitive to bites. Solidly built to ensure it doesn’t break or disappoints; perfect for ice fishing. The size 20 ice fishing reel with 5 ball bearing gives a smooth spin; 5.2 gear ratio for fast retrieve and can handle 2lb/200 yards, 4lb/100yards and 6lb/80 yards. The reels are suited for ice temperature.

Pros.

  • Quality rod
  • It comes with a use and maintenance guide
  • Easy use for even beginners
  • Good combo for the price

Cons.

  • A few customers are not too impressed with the reel; slow drag they reckon but the rod was well recommended.

This combo has a good rating and first-time fishermen had a lot of positive things to say about the rod and reel. A few experienced fishermen were not too impressed with the reel but this combo is a good bargain; perfect ice fishing tool.

2. REELDICULOUS JIG LURES

Picking the right lures can make a whole lot of difference to his fishing adventure. Good sized attractive lures are fast catching. Reeldiculous jig lures are highly recommended for an impressive catch. These six flat side jig lures have well-forged carbon steel hooks, with each jig having a heavy pressed solid ring and double ultra-wire split ring. Perfect for any weather condition.

Pros.

  • Real like; the advert picture does not do justice to these lures
  • Fast catching
  • Quality design
  • Solid hooks

Cons.

  • It doesn’t come in the best package given the price of the lures but customers still consider the purchase to be a good bargain for the quality of the lures.

These lures have a proven record of impressive catch. They are well recommended. They can stand side to side with famous jig brands.

3. FRABILL MAGNUM BAIT STORAGE

For live baits, a good storage box that will keep baits alive and not frozen is what you should be looking out for. We recommend this Frabill Magnum bait storage, designed to protect your live bait in any weather condition for a good period of time (three days). It has a two-speed aerator with water-resistant housing and comes with a 12 V power adaptor. It can run on two D batteries although not included in the purchase. It has a watertight seal; durable latches and a padded shoulder strap for comfortable lift

Pros.

  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Perfect for ice fishing; can keep baits alive
  • Versatile cooler
  • Easy to assemble
  • Has an assembling guide 
  • It comes in three sizes
  • Value for money

Cons.

  • The internal space is small, especially for the 13 Quart
  • A few customers were not too impressed with the pump, especially for the 13 Quart

It is a highly recommended bait storage. Well built for different weather conditions.

4. ELECTRIC ICE AUGER

This electric auger will definitely make his ice fishing wish list and therefore a perfect ice fishing gift. Having a good auger helps with carving a precise hole through the ice with ease. With this electric auger, less drilling effort is needed. It is gas, oil and fume-free and weighs 40% less than a typical gas-powered auger. It can drill up to 40 holes in 20 inches of ice. It is powered by a 40V lithium-ion battery (the best type of battery currently in the market) that can be fully charged in 3 hours.

Pros.

  • Easy to use
  • Less worry about contamination
  • The reverse feature flushes down cut ice, no need to worry about scooping ice
  • Lightweight
  • Value for money
  • Durable

Cons.

  • It may not be suitable for seasonal farmers given the battery life and extreme cold condition in certain places, however, this auger comes with an accessory bag that can fit in 2 batteries and it is well built to keep the batteries warm in such extreme weather conditions. An extra battery cost roughly $180-190.

Definitely a high-performance machine, worth the purchase.

5. RAPALA ICE SCOOP

A scoop will definitely come in handy when he is trying to clean out the fishing hole. The wide curved scoop helps to take out enough slush at a go. The long handle cuts the need to bend excessively. The 30inch rule helps with ice and fish measurement.

Pros.

  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Good handle length
  • Portable

Cons.

  • Not suitable for smaller holes (anything less than 6”)
  • Might be seen as pricey

Customers have no issue with this scoop.

6. ZACX FISHING PLIER AND GRIPPER SET

Another quality kit that will make a good gift will be this Zacx plier and gripper combo. The plier is made with high-quality stainless steel and aluminum which makes it resistant to rust. The plier can cut braid lines, split rings, move hook, adjust lures and many more. The gripper has an extended foam length that makes lifting of the fish much easier. Very effective for holding big fish.

Pros.

  • Easy to use
  • Good price/ good bargain
  • Quality pliers and grippers
  • Sturdy
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons.

  • Customers do not have any negative reviews about this plier and gripper combo.

This combo is well-loved by customers and highly recommended too.

7. PLANO TACKLE BAG

This bag will make a good gift for a minimalist fisherman. This Plano 3700xl tackle bag has enough room to carry a lot of his fishing tools. It’s made with tough fabric that lasts. It has 7/3750 stow, 3/3650 stow, waterproof cellphone holder, license holder and carabiner. It also has a magnetic top feature that helps to keep lures and tools in place.

Pros.

  • More than enough storage
  • Perfect for sorting tools
  • Sturdy
  • Thick zippers for easy use

Cons.

  • Can get pretty heavy with a lot of tool in it
  • Although it looks and feels tough, there is little to no review about its durability as at the time this article was written.

Highly recommended by fisherman. Definitely a dream storage bag and customers feel that it is worth the price.

8. HT POLAR TIP-UP

Polar therm tip-ups are great ice fishing tools. They keep holes from freezing by insulating the hole and keeping out snow. The thermal covers are freeze-proof and they are perfect for 6-10” holes. The flags feature extends well and are visible in extreme weather conditions. It also has a tackle box where extra hooks, bobbers and many more can be stored.

Pros.

  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Built for easy storage
  • Good Therms
  • Well designed for those that spend a lot of time ice fishing.

Cons.

  • Customers have no bad review for this tip up

Ice fishing made easier! Customers love this Therm tip-up and highly recommend it.

ICE FISHING GEAR/ATTIRE

9. SKI MASK

A quality ski mask that can guard his face against excessive frostbite will definitely make a good gift. This Balaclava windproof ski mask is perfect for outdoor activities including ice fishing. It is made with breathable material (fleece polyester), it is soft and comfortable on the skin and does well in moisture-wicking. Guaranteed to keep him warm.

Pros.

  • Warm
  • Comfortable
  • Well made
  • soft

Cons.

  • Since it is custom made/one-size-fits-all, fitting might be an issue for some customers.

This ski mask has a lot of positive reviews. Customers consider is warm and perfect for ice fishing.

10. PALMYTH FISHING GLOVES

Fishing gloves are not usually built for keeping the hands warm but for handling fishes. This Palmyth fishing gloves will make a good gift. It has a backflip thumb and index finger cap, which makes the handling of items a lot easier. The palm is made with artificial leather for easy grip.

Pros.

  • Machine washable
  • The two cut finger feature assures flexible  usage
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Comfortable 
  • Water-resistant
  • May keep hands warm in mild weather condition

Cons.

  • It may not be durable in saltwater as noted by a customer.

Well built and loved by customers.

11. RAPALA ICE SAFETY SPIKES

Safety is paramount when ice fishing and safety spikes are a-must-have items when ice fishing. They are made with hardened steel spikes that can comfortably hold in case a person breaks through ice. They are designed to store spikes for safety and have a finger grip handle.

Pros.

  • Easy to use
  • Good grip feature
  • Sturdy
  • Well designed

Cons.

  • A customer noted that the safety feature makes it inconvenient to use in case of emergency, except if the spikes will be undone before getting into ice. Sadly, that could poke a person if not handled well.

Highly recommended by customers.

12. ICE FISHING JACKET

Keeping warm is paramount and this Eskimo ice fishing jacket will make a good fisherman gift. It is made with a 100% polyester outer shell to keep harsh wind and water out.

Pros.

  • Quality material
  • Warm
  • Comfortable
  • Not heavy
  • Machine washable
  • Value for money

Cons.

  • Picking the right size is a bit confusing for customers, however a few customers suggest that it may be better to get a size bigger than normal to give room for in layer clothings.

This jacket is well loved and highly recommended by customers. It is considered perfect for ice fishing.

13. IPSXP TRACTION CLEATS

Getting him an extra pair of traction cleat is definitely a great idea.

Pros.

  • Easy to wear
  • Firm fitting (they do not slip off shoe)
  • Good quality
  • Easy to clean off
  • Comfortable to walk on

Cons.

  • These cleats may only last for a few season

Perfect for outdoor snow activities.

14. FISHING LURE TUMBLER

If you are looking for what to get a fisherman for Christmas, this tumbler will make a good gift too. The double insulated wall will keep his drink hot or cold for long hours.

Pros.

  • Spill proof
  • Effective
  • Cute
  • Great size
  • Durable

Cons.

  • As at the time this article was written, customers had only positive things to say about this tumbler

This tumbler is considered to be a perfect gift by customers.

15. LE LED CAMPING LANTERN

One good item for camping is a lamp and we think that this LE led camping lantern will make a good gift. This battery powered energy saving lamp has four adjustable modes to meet a person’s brightness needs. The lamp comes with two hooks; one at the top and the other at the bottom of the lamp for easy upside down hanging in tents. With 3 D batteries, this lamp can last for really long hours (18+ hrs) on a full beam.

Pros.

  • Sturdy
  • Easy to use
  • Good quality
  • Effectively bright
  • Durable
  • Light weight

Cons.

  • Although the size was smaller than anticipated for a few customers, it was still considered as ‘very effective’ by them.

This lamp has a high rating for brightness, lightweight and battery life. This camping lamp is highly recommended.

16. MEN’S UGLY SWEATERS

This Blizzard Bay Men’s sweater will make a cool christmas gift for a fisherman. The beautifully embroidered fish designs on the sweater makes it cool. Made with 100% cotton.

Pros.

  • Cute
  • Really warm
  • Comfortable
  • Fun colours/design
  • Soft
  • Good quality

Cons.

  • A few customers complained that the inner thread may not be well fastened.

Customers love these sweaters. It is worth the cost.

17. RXBAR PROTEIN BARS

Protein bars are good snacks to carry along for ice fishing. With all the ice drilling and setting up, energy bars are a convenient energy boosting snack that will go a long way in freezing conditions. You can get this RXBAR protein bar pack (12 bars). It is gluten free. With the pack, he can share with his buddies.

Pros.

  • Tasty
  • Assorted flavours in one pack
  • Natural ingredients and sweeteners
  • Well packed

Cons.

  • Not ideal for people allergic to nuts
  • Subject to taste preference

Customers love that it comes in mixed flavours although some bars were preferred more than the others. These protein bars have a lot of positive reviews.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

What are some best ice fishing gifts I can get a fisherman for christmas?

Every item on this gift list are great gifts you can give to a fisherman. Some of the items you could easily go for will be the ugly sweaters and fishing lure tumblers. For more gift ideas, check out our article on what to be a husband for christmas and what to get a dad for christmas

What items can I find on an ice fishing wish list of a fisherman?

You will definitely find an Auger, Polar tip-ups and good jig lures. A good winter jacket will also do. For more gift ideas, check out our article on gifts for fly-fisherman

CONCLUSION

Every fisherman knows the importance of having the right tools and attire when going for ice fishing and how it adds to their experience. Getting them items that will come in handy when ice fishing is a great idea and we have listed a couple of them. We have carefully selected these items based on the recommendations of those that have used them. We believe that any item you choose to get a fisherman from this list will make a great gift and they will love it.

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