Salisbury is a prime location for anglers around the world. With the array of rivers and lakes that perforate the area, there is a perfect fishing hole for everyone. While summer may be a favorite season to spend casting along banks, winter offers a great opportunity to experience one of North America’s oldest traditions.
Ice Fishing was a survival necessity for the early settlers of Canada and the northern states. Now a recreational activity, anglers continue to voyage out onto frozen lakes in hopes of jigging a delicious mid-winter treat. Connecticut has long played host to these die-hard fishermen and women. In 1873, William A. Clark, of New Haven, patented the first ice auger, making ice fishing accessible to the general public.
For those looking to get out onto the ice, some quick preparation can go a long way.
Here is a brief overview of what to pack:
• A short jigging rod
• A couple of tip-ups, if you’re hoping to fish multiple holes
• An ice auger (opt for a mechanical auger to save time)
• An ice skimmer
• Live bait or lures
• Portable fish locator
• Wind and water-resistant clothes, with plenty of layers
• Portable ice fishing shelter, optional for warmth
• Sled to carry all the gear
Ice fishing is a great way to get out and experience the beautiful outdoors, but always remember to tread safely and error on the side of caution. Remember: check that the ice is at least 6 inches thick, walk a few arms’ lengths away from companions, tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back, check ice conditions with local fishing stores during late fall and early spring, and be extra cautious after a snowfall, as fresh snow can hide areas of thin ice. Proper preparation and technique can be guaranteed a great time out on the ice!