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The weather is getting cooler, which means the snowmobiling and ice fishing seasons are just around the corner!

While winter does bring extra darkness, some extremely cold days and a whole lot of shoveling and plowing, the consolation is you get to spend time out on the ice with your buddies fishing. And if you’re a snowmobile owner, your ice fishing excursions become even more fun and exciting. What better way to get out to your chosen fishing spot than to zip across the surface on your snowmobile?

Before you can think about filling up your thermos and putting on your coat and boots, it’s important to make sure you’re fully outfitted for a fun and safe snowmobile fishing trip.

Let’s take a look at what you should know before heading out.

Minimum thickness guide for new ice
Make sure you measure any ice before you walk, ride or drive on it!

Ideal snowmobiles for ice fishing

Not every snowmobile is equal when it comes to ice fishing capabilities. Experts generally recommend the use of utility snowmobiles for ice fishing, because they’re much better equipped for hauling cargo. Performance snowmobiles are designed for racing, and thus are designed more with speed and handling in mind than with power output, towing capacity and comfort.

Just about every major snowmobile brand will have a good selection of utility snowmobiles on hand. If you know you’re going to be primarily using your snowmobile for ice fishing or for utility purposes around your own property, this is definitely the option you’re going to want to go with.

Modifying and customizing your snowmobile for ice fishing

We totally get that you’re itching to get out on the ice as soon as possible, and the good news is that with a utility snowmobile you don’t have to perform a whole lot of modifications to get yourself ready for your next ice fishing excursion.

There are, however, a few snowmobile accessories that can make hauling your equipment a bit more convenient.

With the proper customizations, you can gear up your snowmobile for a successful ice fishing trip this winter. Have fun out there, and stay warm!