Ice fishing is the easiest kind of fishing, however i’m not saying it’s straight-forward, or that experience doesn’t matter, I’m just saying that it requires a lot less energy and gives you more time to read! For most of the year I don’t even touch our rod and reel, unless there is some kind of party at the lake, but once the Winter time sets in, and the two of us have a few weeks of the lake being totally frozen over, that’s when I get the itch to go fishing! You basically split a hole in the ice, drop your line, and wait, and that’s pretty much it, then because of the weather, you bring a small shack, and usually a space heating system to keep inside of the shack! The more hardcore fisherman refuse to bring a heating system of any kind, they tell me it ruins the spirit of ice fishing.
I have to disagree with that, mostly because of the ventilation, with a space heater, and the collective body heat of the people fishing, it can get comfortable enough that you can open a small aperture for some form of ventilation.
Trust me, with this several people crammed in such a small space drinking beer, some form of ventilation is necessary. The aroma inside an ice fishing shack can become eye watering with no ventilation, however if you don’t have a space heating system then it is suicidal to let in any outside air. Since I go ice fishing to relax and have fun, I choose to use a space heater, and not aroma our friend’s BO for minutes on end.