Tips For Finding The Perfect Ice Fishing House To Meet Your Needs

If you are tired of having to ice fish bundled up in piles of bulky clothing and sitting on an uncomfortable chair, then a fish house is a perfect solution. A fish house gives you one central place to store all of your gear and allows you to be set up and fishing shortly after you arrive at your favorite ice fishing lake. 

If you have never shopped for a fish house and aren't exactly sure what style you want, then these tips will help you find just the right one to meet your needs.

Tip: Make a List of Your "Needs" and "Wants"

Just like you would if you were purchasing a home or a recreational vehicle, you should sit down and make a list of what you need and want in a fish house.

For example, do you want a house with:

  • ease of transportation and setup?
  • space for other people?
  • electrical power?
  • a bathroom space?
  • sleeping quarters?

In addition, do you want a fish house that is similar to a portable tent, or do you want one permanently mounted on a trailer you have to pull behind your truck?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you set an appropriate budget and know which models of fish houses to spend time investigating and which can be rejected out of hand.

Tip: Think About Your Style of Fishing and How Often You Move Around the Lake

If you go ice fishing only occasionally each winter or if you don't like staying in one spot on the lake once you arrive, then a pop-up ice house model will work the best for you. This type of ice house is lightweight and simple to move from one place to another. They also have a lower purchase price and this makes sense for occasional use.

If you go fishing every day you are off work and like to spend multiple days in one spot, then a trailer-mounted fish house will work the best. Small 2-wheel trailer models such as the smaller Yetti houses can be pulled on to a lake and completely set up in less than an hour. 

Tip: Consider Buying a Fish House That Can Also Be Used for Other Things

Since a larger trailer-mounted ice fishing house will come with a hefty price tag, consider buying one that can do double-duty. For example:

  • provide a structure for camping 
  • provide a structure for hunting
  • provide usable indoor space in your yard for projects

By choosing an ice fishing house that can perform multiple functions, you will get more use out of the structure and this will greatly reduce its per-use cost.

When you are ready to start looking at ice fishing houses, consider reaching out to local Yetti Distributors